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BACKYARD 1 — BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1938—1957)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, in the E. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
Historical Macro-Moth Study (1953-1957)
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1C–HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957–1964)
CATEGORIES & ARRANGEMENT of the ASSOCIATED HABITAT PHOTOGRAPHS

(P) implies a specific plant close-up (portrait), or that the main subject of the photo is one (or more) species of plants. The locality designation (A,B,C,D, or E) comes first, and is then followed by “P” where a plant “portrait” is involved. In these cases, the plant(s) will be named. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT FOR BETTER DETAIL!

THESE IMAGES (A-E) are grouped sequentially by road names (as they were in the 1940's-1950's), which also renders somewhat of a sorting by predominant soil-types, as follows:

Series (A) = Lower Oak Pass Rd., from its start (branching to the right or east off Hutton Dr.), up to and beyond 9720, 9626, and 9601, ending at 9540; mostly heavy clays and sandstone (no decomposed granite). Also included in this set are scenes around the house at 9601, and views to the east (showing upper Oak Pass Rd.), as seen from an open porch that was attached to the east side of the house. (We used to refer to Oak Pass as “The Low Road”.)

Series (B) = Upper Oak Pass Rd., beyond (east and north of) 9540, and primarily the section of Summitridge Rd. that was to the south of 2500. There were some areas of slate and heavy clay (esp. farther south on Summitridge), but mostly decomposed granites predominated there, and to the N., E., and SE. of Peavine Ridge. Quite a few plant species, that were rare or not present on the heavy clays to the west, were typical inhabitants of these decomposed granite zones (B, C, and D). (We used to refer to Summitridge Rd. as “The High Road”; during wet winter weather, this longer route was the only way we could get to or from our house without becoming stuck in the deep clay soils somewhere along Oak Pass Rd.!)

Series (C) = The old Marion Way fire-road, from its westernmost end (just below and to the north of 2500 Summitridge), to its easternmost end far below, where it terminated at N. Beverly Dr., in (the former) Higgins Canyon, north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. Soils along Marion Way were a varied mixture of clays or granites, depending upon location.

Series (D) = Higgins Canyon, as defined by the old N. Beverly Dr. fire-road (N./S.), starting at the lower gate (± 2 mi. north of Sunset Blvd.), and then continuing to the upper gate at Mulholland Drive. Soil types there were a mixture of heavy clays and decomposed granites, depending upon the location - mostly clays to the north, with more granite to the south.

Series (E) = Elsewhere (none of the above locations). Only a few of the included photos fit this category.

Series (FS - Page 1) = Miscellaneous selected images, from the late Frank Sala's slide collection of southern California Lepidoptera (1950's-1980's), most of which relate to the Oak Pass Rd. moth fauna.

Series (FS - Page 2) = Continued from FS - Page 1
1A — Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938-1957)

Dedications

Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!

EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME

FIRES

- (A) Botanical Highlights

-- Historical Remarks on Oaks

-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!

-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)

-- Echos From the Past!

-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY

- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS

- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED

- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED

- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED

CONTACT INFORMATION

DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)

THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER


1B — BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Road (1953-1957)

A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE

ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT

BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road

BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE

ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED

The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES

HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION

FRANK SALA'S CORNER

FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER


1C — HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957-1964)

1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)

DIRT ROADS

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