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Kukutali Rambling

I rambled through the Kukutali Preserve yesterday.  Today I'll ramble a bit about what I saw there.  After non-stop sunshine during most of July, the morning gave us an overcast sky with temperatures around 60° F, 15° C.  Rain was threatened, but mostly to the south.  By my reckoning, this is perfect weather for both hiking and photography.

As I set off, I was greeted by Kukutali Kitty who gave me a welcoming rub on the ankle.  My ownership had been established.

Hiking along the road, the first thing I noticed was all the summer fruiting going on.  Left to right from top to bottom:

Black Twinberry(Lonicera involucrata)
Hamalayan Blackberry(Rubus discolor, R. armeniacus)  Introduced invasive

Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)
Salal(Gaultheria shallon)

Common Snowberry(Symphoricarpos albus)
Baldhip Rose(Rosa gymnocarpa)

It is not uncommon to find feral apple trees around here that have escaped cultivation.

We are now in the summer wildflower season.  Left to right:

Bull Thistle(Cirsium vulgare)