Earlier this week, I braved a rare break in our winter storms to get up to Sonoma and check the progress that John the Baptist and Louis have made in our trails and vulnerable flood areas. After last year’s storms, the rains that filled our seasonal creek, in addition to a number of felled trees, caused massive erosion. John and Louis swore it wouldn’t happen again. They’ve been busy for weeks with straw bales and logs and rocks to shore up banks, build run-off channels and divert rainwater from flood-prone areas. After bushwhacking down our most vulnerable trail, I have to say, there’s nothing Mother Nature can throw at us that John and Louis haven’t built defenses against. Not that Mother Nature would want to thwart John and Louis. She’s never looked this good in our neck of the woods. And every lady of a certain age certainly appreciates a little cosmetic help.
For instance, look at this lovely sylvan scene. Untouched Nature at its best, no? NO. This area has had more work by experts than Cher’s face. But the results are equally impressive.
As always, I learned tons of things on a John and Louis Nature Walk. For instance, did you know that this foam is perfectly natural? Some sort of protein stirred up when the water is running quickly.
John even located a piece of petrified Redwood.
John and Louis also pointed out some really cool plants that are starting to sprout. But it was too wet to take out my notebook, so I promptly forgot what they are. But I’m assured they are very special.
I’d planned to start a Two Terrier Nature Series on this blog, identifying and showcasing our many native plants. But I realize I’m going to have to do a lot better than this. Note to self: carry pens and notebook at all times.
In the meantime, bring on the rain! We’re ready.
That waterfall is fabulous. Around here they’d just throw down more concrete.
Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) next to last photo.
Maidenhair fern (Adiantum) in the last photo.
These are my guesses. Please reveal the answers. Hope the rain keeps coming. We have plenty of room for it down here.
I’ll have to wait until I can get up to Sonoma and ask John the Baptist. Tuesday, I escaped just as all the roads were flooding and being closed. I’m not sure you can get there from here now, especially with more rain on the way.
Looks gorgeous, nothing like the winter green!
Surely there’s an app for that?
I’ve worried about that foam stuff for more years than I can remember – thanks to you and JtB for setting me straight.
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hey Lisa, Maybelline was correct with her guess on the Maidenhair fern, the fern in hand is a Golden back fern (Pityrogramma).
Yipee! 50%—that means that I earned and F as well.
Thanks for the answers.