Some more of the flora encountered while hiking in Topanga State Park a couple of weeks ago...these are a little fresher than last weeks.
Ribes speciosum, Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry:Anaphalis margaritacea, Pearly everlasting (so called because the flowers are little and pearly, and dry as straw so they last a long time--kind of like the Australian strawflower)
Ceanothus i-have-no-clue-what-species Mountain lilac.
And a nice view of some sycamores in the next canyon over.
I had to work hard to make it so there was little human impact in the picture. Flying into LAX, I had a view of the entire Santa Monica Mountains, and it seemed as if every ridgeline was capped with mega-mansions or at least a fire road. Every time I look, the sprawl has crept further up the hills. It had been several years since I visited Topanga State Park, and I was kind of surprised to see just how developed the town of Topanga had become.