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A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY
(“Chaparral Art” & Quiz!)
The "art photos" intended to be featured here (which were lost in the 2011 fire) were taken at about + 0730 hrs., 2 JULY 1986, from a south-facing slope of a hillside east of lower Laureles Grade, above CARMEL VALLEY (Monterey County, California), while I was standing at the edge of a fire-road one early summer morning in the chaparral, looking down onto the disappearing fog-bank far below, which was drifting back toward the ocean (about 12 mi. distant to the right). Northern ridges of the SANTA LUCIA MTS. were visible across the valley on the opposite (southern) horizon. The rising sun was to my left, blocked by the hillside at my back. I was charmed by the exquisite plant silhouettes, so sharply outlined against the distant fog-bank. Hence these photos! No, they were not taken in the Santa Monica Mts., but could have been (similar habitat, similar inland fog penetrations, and many of the same plant species).... Botanists: Try identifying the plant silhouettes to species. Hint: They aren't very difficult!
Note: these photographs were lost in the 2011 fire which burned our Arizona home. Replacements may be attempted in the future....
Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!
EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME
- (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
DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)
THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER
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
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 (1957-1964)
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