Notice the things you walk by . . .

Souther CA tends to ‘brown out’ this time of year on  the hills  along some trails. Last week I saw a plant, rather something that looked more like ground cover growing in the hard-packed, sandy soil along one of the trails. It spread out and looked shiny and perhaps sticky. I broke off a small branch and to my surprise, I hand was all wet – not sticky at all.  Hubby said it’s a plant that takes it’s moisture from the air, not the ground. I brought it home and for several hours each day, a new tiny flower blooms, then dies quickly.  I’ve never seen it anywhere else. Any idea what this might be?

One of the other trails is near a lagoon and stays a bit more green. Unfortunately, a stranger tried to exist there for a few days.

A few feet away a sunny patch of daisies.

One of the trees we passed had amber running up it’s blackened bark. (Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry. There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. )

A large piece had fallen to the ground, of course I picked it up and took it home. Surprise, it was not at all sticky, a beautiful jewel-like find.

And the there was something that looked like a prehistoric bug – just another odd part of the eucalyptus tree.

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