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Wildflowers | Bjørn H Smevold

Based in Oslo | Samsung S6 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀~ 🌱Botany 🌱 wildflowers 🌱Nature 🌱 🌱Conservation Projects 🌱 Travel 🌍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀~ Also @bjorn.smevold

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Northern Elephant Seals colony at Bight Beach, Año Nuevo State Park, California. Elephant Seals go ashore after leaving their feeding grounds and migration routes in the central and eastern North Pacific. Males travel as far as Alaska. Elephant Seals migrate two times a year, in the breeding season, and when molting. Females and pups molt in April to May, and males from May to August. The females give birth in December or January, nursing their pups for around three weeks. They will mate three weeks after giving birth. Northern Elephant Seals are breeding from Baja California, Mexico, north to Point Reyes, north of San Francisco. In Año Nuevo State Park you will find also find marine mammals such as Steller Sea Lion, California Sea Lion and Harbor Seals, as well as whales migrating through the waters offshore. Late December 2016. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #animals #añonuevobay #añonuevostatepark #botanistgonewild #california #californianature #californiastateparks #coast #elephantseal #conservation #hiking #marinemammals #miroungaangustirostris #montereybaynaturalmarinesanctuary #natur #naturaleza #natureza #nature #naturelover #naturelovers #naturephotography #nofilter #northernelephantseal #pacific #phocidae #sanmateocounty #seal #wildcalifornia #wildlife
Northern Elephant Seal colony at Bight Beach, Año Nuevo State Park, California. Elephant Seals go ashore after leaving their feeding grounds and migration routes in the central and eastern North Pacific. Males travel as far as Alaska. Elephant Seals migrate two times a year, in the breeding season, and when molting. Females and pups molt in April to May, and males from May to August. The females give birth in December or January, nursing their pups for around three weeks. They will mate three weeks after giving birth. Northern Elephant Seals are breeding from Baja California, Mexico, north to Point Reyes, north of San Francisco. In Año Nuevo State Park you will find also find marine mammals such as Steller Sea Lion, California Sea Lion and Harbor Seals, as well as whales migrating through the waters offshore. Late December 2016. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #animals #añonuevobay #añonuevostatepark #botanistgonewild #california #californianature #californiastateparks #coast #elephantseal #conservation #flora #hiking #marinemammals #miroungaangustirostris #montereybaynaturalmarinesanctuary #natur #naturaleza #natureza #nature #naturelover #naturelovers #naturephotography #nofilter #northernelephantseal #pacific #phocidae #sanmateocounty #seal #wildcalifornia #wildlife
At Año Nuevo State Park, the waves of the Pacific Ocean are slowly eroding the steep shore of what is called the Monterey Formation, a layered mudstone deposited around 13 million years ago. This area is protected by the California State Park system, as well as a State Marine Conservation Area, which in turn is part of the much larger Monterey Bay Natural Marine Sanctuary, all known for its extraordinarily rich marine life. Warm surface water is commonly blown away, and a cold nutrient rich upwelling from the deep waters offshore is providing a rich marine system where krill and sardines abound. In this strip of land, as well as on the offshore Año Nuevo Island, you will find marine mammals such as a large colony of Northern Elephant seal, Steller Sea Lion, California Sea Lion and Harbor Seals. Sea Otters came back from the brink of extinction, multiplying in the park since the 1980s. Mammals such as Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Grey Fox and Black Tailed Deer are found here, and several reptiles such as the endangered Californian Red Legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake, one of the rarest reptiles in North America. Late December 2016. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #añonuevobay #añonuevopoint #añonuevostatepark #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianature #californiastateparks #coast #conservation #flora #hiking #montereybaynaturalmarinesanctuary #montereyformation #nativeflora #natur #naturaleza #natureza #nature #naturelover #naturelovers #naturephotography #nofilter #pacific #sanmateocounty #view #vista #wildcalifornia
A female Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna. Nesting less than 60 yards from where this photo is taken, in Mill Valley just to the north of San Francisco, California, the birds were actively searching for the relatively few flowers available in December, and visiting hummingbird feeders in peoples gardens. This species adapts very well to suburban conditions, rapidly extending its range due to its ability to exploit the flowers of gardens and plantings. Anna's Hummingbird is mainly found along the Pacific coast from Sonora, Mexico, and Baja California, east to New Mexico, north to British Columbia. It has been sighted in Alaska. December 2016. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #annashummingbird #bird #birding #birdlife #birdsoninstagram #birdwatch #birdwatching #botanistgonewild #californianature #calypteanna #colibri #colibris #conservation #fugl #hiking #hummingbird #hummingbirds #kolibri #kolibris #millvalley #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #nofilter #ornithology #ornitologi #ornitologia #vogel #wildbirds
Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus, roosting in a dead tree in the Barker Slough near the Jepson Prairie, in the Great Central Valley of California. In the Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Barker Slough is adjacent to the Jepson Prairie, situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #barkerslough #birding #birdlife #birdwatching #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #doublecrestedcormorant #grassland #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #ornithology #phalacrocoraxauritus #prairie #solanocounty #wildbirds #wildflowers
A flying Great Egret, Ardea alba, in the Barker Slough near the Jepson Prairie. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #ardeaalba #birding #birdlife #birdwatch #birdwatching #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greategret #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #ornithology #prairie #solanocounty #vernalpools #wildbirds
A Great Egret, Ardea alba, by the Barker Slough near the Jepson Prairie. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #ardeaalba #birding #birdlife #birdwatching #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greategret #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #ornithology #prairie #solanocounty #vernalpools #wildbirds
A Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, hunting for amphibians and aquatic invertebrates in the waters of Olcott Lake on the Jepson Prairie, one of few remaining Californian vernal pools. These vernal pools are teeming with life in the wet season: Fairy Shrimps, Tadpole Shrimps, Clam Shrimps, Snails, Copepods, Water Fleas, and lots of aquatic- and other insects. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #ardeaheronius #birding #birdlife #birdwatching #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greatblueheron #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #ornithology #prairie #solanocounty #vernalpools #wildbirds
Two Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca, wading in the shallow waters of Olcott Lake on the Jepson Prairie, on of few remaining Californian vernal pools. These vernal pools are teeming with life in the wet season: Fairy Shrimps, Tadpole Shrimps, Clam Shrimps, Snails, Copepods, Water Fleas, and lots of aquatic- and other insects. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #birding #birdlife #birdwatching #botanistgonewild #botany #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greateryellowlegs #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #ornithology #prairie #solanocounty #tringamelanoleuca #vernalpools #wildbirds
Towards Olcott Lake and adjacent vernal pools. The prairie seems endlessly flat. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #botanica #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #bunchgrassprairie #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #olcottlake #prairie #solanocounty #travel #usa #vernalpools #wildflowers
At the Jepson Prairie: Empty seed heads of gum plant aka Great Valley gum plant, Grindelia camporum. Most gum plants had already shed their seeds long ago, with only a few remaining flowers blooming somewhat out of season in December. That may be a smart survival strategy where rains are somewhat unpredictable. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #botanistgonewild #botany #bunchgrassprairie #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greatvalleygumplant #greatvalleygumweed #grindeliacamporum #gumplant #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #prairie #solanocounty #travel #usa #wildflowers
Gum plant, Grindelia camporum. Most gum plants had already shed their seeds long ago, with only a few remaining flowers blooming somewhat out of season in December at the Jepson Prairie. That may be a smart survival strategy where rains are somewhat unpredictable. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #botanistgonewild #botany #bunchgrassprairie #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #greatvalleygumplant #greatvalleygumweed #grindeliacamporum #gumplant #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #prairie #solanocounty #travel #usa #wildflowers
At the Jepson Prairie, in the Great Central Valley of California, what is probably the burrow of Botta's Pocket Gophers, gives shelter for both the engineer, as well as other inhabitants of this flat, treeless, piece of land. California Voles are also present in this unique prairie, and these burrows also provides shelter for the endangered California Tiger Salamanders, that will spend most of their time inside the tunnels. Botta's Pocket Gophers, Thomomys bottae, will feed by pulling down plants from below, from inside their burrows. You can actually see from the picture, how the grass have been pulled down from below. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #biology #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #bottaspocketgopher #bunchgrassprairie #burrow #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #mammals #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #prairie #rodents #solanocounty #thomomysbottae #vernalpools #wildflowers #zoology
Endlessly flat. In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #botanica #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #bunchgrassprairie #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #prairie #solanocounty #travel #usa #vernalpools #wildflowers
In the Great Central Valley of California, east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie is situated between the San Joaquin and Sacramento river delta systems. The Jepson Prairie was never plowed and cultivated, due to its poor soils of heavy alkaline hardpan clay, with some of the remaining vernal pools with unique specialized life forms, flooded by rainwater throughout or part of the winter, drying out in the baking sun of summer. From a visit in the very moist winter of 2016, December. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #botanica #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #bunchgrassprairie #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #centralvalley #conservation #flora #grassland #hiking #jepsonprairie #jepsonprairiepreserve #nativeflora #naturaleza #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #prairie #solanocounty #travel #usa #vernalpools #wildflowers
Cheilanthes gracillima. Beadleaf lipfern aka lace lipfern. A little fern finding space for its roots. This is a species found on rocks across western north America, from British Columbia to Alberta, south to California and Arizona, east to Montana. December 2016 on the Verna Dunshee Trail, Mt. Tamalpais east peak, Marin county, just north of San Francisco, California. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #bayarea #baynature #beadedlipfern #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #brakefernfamily #bregne #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #californiawildflowers #cheilanthesgracillima #fern #flora #hiking #lacelipfern #marincounty #mounttamalpais #mttamalpais #nativeflora #nature #naturephotography #nofilter #pteridaceae #vernadunsheetrail #wildcalifornia #wildflowers
Budding Eastwood's manzanita, Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp glandulosa, I think, a species of the North coast range, California. It is mainly found in chaparral and various types of open forests. December 2016 on the Verna Dunshee Trail, Mt. Tamalpais east peak, Marin county, just north of San Francisco, California. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #arctostaphylosglandulosa #bayarea #baynature #botanica #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #californianfloristicprovince #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #californiawildflowers #eastwoodsmanzanita #ericaceae #flora #holarctickingdom #manzanita #marincounty #mounttamalpais #mttamalpais #nativeflora #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #vernadunsheetrail #wildcalifornia #wildflowers
Golden chinquapin, Chrysolepis chrysophylla. An evergreen shrub or tree of the oak family, with edible nuts covered in spiny casings. Golden chinquapin is found along the Pacific coast from central Washington to central California. December 2016 on the Verna Dunshee Trail, Mt. Tamalpais east peak, Marin county, just north of San Francisco, California. ~ Did you know you can tag your friends in comments to share? 🌵 #bayarea #baynature #botanica #botanical #botanistgonewild #botany #botanizing #california #californianativeflora #californianativeplantsociety #californianature #californiawildflowers #chrysolepischrysophylla #fagaceae #flora #goldenchinquapin #hiking #marincounty #mounttamalpais #mttamalpais #nativeflora #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nofilter #northbay #vernadunsheetrail #wildcalifornia #wildflowers
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