Colorful Chaparral Hillsides at Daley Ranch (4 photos)

Shuwen and I went for a morning hike at Daley Ranch. I was hoping to reproduce an older photo of a color chaparral hillside with Ceanothus (California Lilac) in bloom at a higher resolution, but in that particular location, the Ceanothus wasn’t flowering. It was hard to tell whether it wasn’t flowering yet, or if it was past its bloom already – strangely enough, despite the (perceived) cold and (definitely) wet winter, plants seem to be pretty early to bloom*.

In other areas, plenty of Ceanothus was showing off its beautiful blue and purple color. Mixed with the little red flames of fresh Laurel Sumac leaves, it was quite a feast of color in the hills.

*) maybe this early blooming is just another result of the non-existent global warming, climate change, and all that other alternative-facts (or was it fake news?) stuff that has of course nothing to do with CO2 and burning fossil fuels… who knows?! I mean, all these scientists that agree it’s real could just be dead wrong – but a few politicians with ties to the fossil fuel industry and in the grip of its lobbyists, they could be totally right instead.

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