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A Few Early February Wildflowers in Orange County’s Wild Foothills

February 3, 2012

Out wandering my favorite just-outside-of-town trails this sunny and breezy afternoon, I was greeted by a few new-blooming wildflowers at Santiago Oaks Regional Park (have I mentioned this is one of my favorite places?):

Douglas' nightshade/Greenspot nightshade (Solanum douglasii)

Wishbone bush/California four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassiofolia)

So Cal morning glory (Calystegia sp.)

Wild cucumber/California manroot (Marah fabaceus)

Of course the trails at Santiago Oaks Regional Park are busy with mountain bikers, but today was my first encounter with a mountain bike + trailer. This dad told me he was towing his three-year-old daughter, who slept on the uphills and woke up for the downhills. Whatever gets kids out in nature . . .

Dad and daughter headed uphill on Mountain Goat Trail.

All good times on the trails at Santiago Oaks end with a splash through Santiago Creek at the trail’s end.

Low water in Santiago Creek

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