Gabbro is basically the intrusive equivalent of basalt. I kinda sorta remembered that from those two geology courses I took in college so many years ago, and lo and behold, I was right.
For you Simpsons fans, do you remember the episode where that creepy ventriloquist's dummy (OK, what ventriloquist’s dummy ISN’T creepy), Gabbo, stole Krusty’s job? The newspaper headlines screamed “GABBO, GABBO, GABBO!!!" Whenever I hear about the gabbro soils at the PHP (or gabbro in general), I always want to say “GABBRO, GABBRO, GABBRO!!! (and I do, if I’m around sympathetic Simpsons fans). Speaking of The Simpsons, my husband and I were big fans, but stopped watching it around 1998, when it “jumped the shark.”
We saw the following rare plants yesterday: Pine Hill Ceanothus, Bisbee Peak rush-rose (no flowers, yesterday,though), El Dorado mule-ears, Red Hills soaproot, and Layne's butterweed.
We saw the Pine Hill flannelbush a while back at the Pine Hill Unit of the preserve.
We think that these are Tumbling flower beetles on this Layne’s butterweed. They didn’t tumble for us, but, when they do, it’s pretty cute. This Layne’s butterweed isn’t sick. It is normal for them to have just a few petals.
I am so tired of people and their McMansions. This mini-castle is under construction and within view of the trail. Nouveau riche with delusions of grandeur, I say! It’s bad enough that they had to build something so large and tacky, but do I have to see it from the trail? Ugh!
Ta ta for now,