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Offline Alan Halcon

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Halloween Day Woods Walk
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:04:24 AM »
On Halloween I headed for a solo hike in the morning. Here are some pics
































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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 10:00:17 AM »
Beautiful area! Thanks for sharing your trip!
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Offline Hector Plasmic

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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 10:41:06 AM »
Beautiful place.  Surprised to see the wet area after the initial photos of the dry area.  Whereabouts is that?

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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2014, 11:57:48 AM »
Nice shots.  Some of that stuff is weeds I think.   :P
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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2014, 12:23:26 PM »
Hector, It's at the transition zone next to the foothills in Sylmar, CA... It's basically Big Tujunga Creek. It flows year round, regardless of the drought, lol

Wsdstan, believe it or not, all the plants I showed can be eaten, used for medicine, or have other utilitarian uses.

In the water shots, it is rife with watercress, veronica, umbrella plant, cattail, knot weed, monkey flower, curly dock and others I can't recall. The surrounding trees are willows, cottonwoods, and alders.

The close ups are :big white trumpet flower is Jimson Weed a known and powerful narcotic. The white and brown cluster head is California Buckwheat and is used to make flower for hotcakes, breads, etc. The plant with the whitish stem is Everlasting and has an amazing maple syrup aroma. The green one with opposite whorled like leaves is black sage, used in cooking and to treat stomach ailments. The spiky seed one is cocklebur and makes a good field expedient velcro. The white dandelion like seed head is prickly lettuce and totally edible

I guess the answer is yes weeds to some, but useful to others, lol

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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2014, 02:29:26 PM »
No, Stan's right & don't argue with old farmers.....they're weeds! >:( >:(
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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2014, 10:30:29 AM »
If it ain't corn, it's a weed... LOL

Great pics of some beautiful country, Alan! Thanks for sharing the photos and the plant life info.


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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2014, 10:51:03 AM »
Nice pics! Beautiful spot there.


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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2014, 10:54:56 AM »
That looks like a great place! I didn't expect to see water after seeing the cactus in the first pic. :D

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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2014, 08:32:55 AM »
The spiky seed one is cocklebur and makes a good field expedient velcro.

Heh, yeah, that's one way to describe them, especially once they dry and turn brown.  I guess Texas goatheads could be used for rivets. :)

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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2014, 09:30:50 AM »
I'm standing in line with my son and his friend for a Sci-Fi/Comic Book Convention. I'd rather be where you were. Nice pics.


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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2014, 10:03:46 AM »

I'm standing in line with my son and his friend for a Sci-Fi/Comic Book Convention. I'd rather be where you were. Nice pics.


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Re: Halloween Day Woods Walk
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2014, 06:24:13 PM »
Great pictures.  Good looking country.