Yellow Starthistle: Invasive plants and the Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge

Sometimes, it is hard to know what plants are native to the area.  If you see it everywhere, for as long as you can remember, it must be native, right? Or maybe the weather and the soil is perfect for … Continue reading

Purple flowers for Cee’s Photo Challenge — and they are invasive in this part of California

I’ve seen this plant with beautiful, spiky purple flowers growing around Monterey Bay for many years.  I took photos a few months ago when they were in full bloom. The flower photo above is from a shrub growing in the … Continue reading

The Iceplant Invasion: Post for the Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ #9

Iceplants (Carpobrotus edulis) are also called “sea fig” or “hottentot fig” and the second plant I’m learning about, and featuring for the Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge #9. The focus for challenge #9 is biodiversity and invasive plant species…and what Jane, the … Continue reading

From natural fiber old fishing nets to the sunset for the Half and Half photo challenge

I’ve learned a lot more about photography since joining the WordPress Photo Challenges.  I’m starting to take more detailed photos, which is  interesting and a lot of fun. This week’s challenge theme from Ben Huberman is Half and Half and … Continue reading

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) is everywhere – post for Earth-friendly Chroniclers’ #10

It is easy mistake the poison hemlock plant (Conium maculatum) with another plant called “Queen Anne’s lace” (Daucus carota – and also called wild carrot). Poison hemlock and Queen Anne’s lace belong to the same family of plants (carrots and … Continue reading

Broken down barracks of Fort Ord in the Monterey Bay

Starting in 1917 and up to the 1990’s, almost 1,500,000 military troops trained at Fort Ord.  It was a major army post, located here in the Monterey Bay, in California’s central coast. Although the post closed in 1994, many of … Continue reading