Thursday, March 19, 2009


Lupine species, Mission Trails Park, San Diego County, California. This was one of three species of Lupine I saw while hiking in Mission Trails Park on Sunday. I have no idea which species it is. A quick look at pictures on the Internet showed similarities to Prarie Lupine (wrong state though) or maybe Bush Lupine. However, California has 82 species of Lupine of which I've seen perhaps six. I may never know their names but they do make a stunning display as they, along with the poppies, cover disturbed hillsides with blue and orange. Apparently, both grow well in areas that have previously burned. We had a huge fire in Mission Trails Park two years ago and, while at the time it was totally scary and awful, it apparently left a silver or perhaps blue and orange lining.

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