Mount Hamilton Wildflowers

Listed are images of wildflowers I've taken in the vincinity of Mount Hamilton,CA. Clicking on a picture will load the full size image (1600x1200 pixels, or about 1MB). Clicking on a flower name will bring up a page with additional pictures of the flower. I've identified the flowers as best I can, if you find a mistake or know the name of an unidentified flower, please let me know.

I started photographing wildflowers because I wished to learn what was around me at scenic Lick Observatory. This spring (May-June 2003) was particularly good for wildflowers. I decided now was the time to learn about local wildflowers because Bill Gehri, our local wildflower expert, is retiring from the Observatory. I figured I needed to learn as much from him as possible before he left Mount Hamilton. Many of the identifications here are possible because of his expertice (all mistakes are mine, not his, in the list below). This catalog began as a way for me to remember and look up names of flowers I've seen before (I have a terrible memory for names and I'm sure next year I'll only remember a fraction of the flower names I learned this year). However, some of the pictures are so pretty, I felt I had to share them.

Some of the images below are very nice, others are a bit out of focus, over exposed, not enough zoom, etc. Each year I'll try photographing the flowers again in hopes of eventually having good pictures of as many flowers as possible.

All images are copyright 2003 by Elinor Gates.

PictureFlower NameLocation and Date of Photo & Notes
Bedstraw Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Bird's Beak Mount Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 31 May 2003
Blue Dicks (brodea) Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Blue-Eyed Grass Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003
Blue Witch Quimby Road, 29 May 2003, poisonous to cows and people
Branched Phacelia Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003, slightly greenish flowers.
Buckeye Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Bush Mallow Quimby Road, 29 May 2003
Bush Monkeyflower Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003
Buttercup Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, 6 petals or less is western buttercup
California Phacilia Rattlesnake Ridge, 26 May 2003
California Poppy Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Candy Flower Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Chinesehouses Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Chia Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, seeds were an indian food source
Clarkia Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Clarkia, No common name South Spring, 2 June 2003, closely related to 5 spot clarkia
Clematis Mt. Hamilton Road, Smith Creek, 29 May 2003
Clover, Non-Native Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Colchita (Lotus Humistratus) Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Columbine Mt. Hamilton Road, Smith Creek, 29 May 2003
Coyotemint Rattlesnake Ridge, 15 June 2003
Common Dudlea Observatory Peak, 15 June 2003
Dandelion South Spring, 8 June 2003, in seed
Dog Fennel Mount Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003, smells bad
Douglas' Catchfly Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003, small white 5 petals, sticky inner node
Douglas Wallflower (mustard) Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Elderberry Mt. Hamilton Road, Smith Creek, 29 May 2003
Elegant Brodiaea South Spring, 10 June 2003
Elegant Clarkia Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Fairy Fan Clarkia South Spring, 2 June 2003, pretty smell
False Lupine (thermopsis) Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Fiddleneck Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Geranium Quimby Road, 31 May 2003
Gilia Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Globe Lily Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Goldenbush Rattlesnake Ridge, 15 June 2003
Golden Yarrow Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Hillside Pea Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Hirschfeldia Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Indian Paintbrush Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Italian Thistle Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Ithuriel's-Spear Mt. Hamilton Road, Smith Creek, 29 May 2003
Linanthus Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Lindley Blazing-Star Observatory Peak, 23 May 2003
Lomatium of some variety Quimby Road, 29 May 2003
Lotus Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, with linanthus
Lupine Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003. White/Yellow flowers, in seed.
Madia Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Manafala (spelling?) Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Mariposa Lily Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Miner's Lettuce Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Miniature Lupine Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Mount Diablo Phacelia? Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, rare
Mules Ear Sunflower Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Mustard? Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Naked Broom-Rape Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003. white flower in background is ???
Narrow Leaf Sunflower Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Oak Violet Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Owl's Clover Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Penstemon Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Pineapple Weed Mt. Hamilton Road, Lover's Lookout, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Plectritus Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, can also be pink
Poison-Hemlock Mount Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 31 May 2003
Popcorn Flower Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Red Larkspur Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Redribbons Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Red Thistle Mount Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Royal Larkspur Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Sanicula Saxilitas? or Lomatium? Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003, Sanicula Saxilitas is Federally Endangered (Class I)
Scarlet Pimpernel Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 30 May 2003
Silky Lupine Kepler Peak (hillside opposite Gehri residence) on Mt. Hamilton, 16 June 2003
Sky Lupine Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Soap-Plant South Spring, 10 June 2003
Spring Vetch Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Starfruited Buckwheat Observatory Peak, 23 May 2003, indian food (chia in foreground)
Thornmint Observatory Peak, 15 June 2003, rare
Tomcat Clover Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
White Chinesehouses Mt. Hamilton Road, Smith Creek, 29 May 2003
Wild Parsley Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
Wild Teasle Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003
Winter Vetch Mt. Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 29 May 2003
Wiskerbrush Linanthus South Spring, 2 June 2003
Woodland Star Trumpler's Garden, 26 May 2003
Wood Mint Rattlesnake Ridge, 15 June 2003
Yarrow Rattlesnake Ridge, 26 May 2003
Yellow Mariposa Lily Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 29 May 2003
Yellow Yarrow Mt. Hamilton Road, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003, with butterfly
???? Brickyard, 23 June 2003
Tiny Popcorn Flower? Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Non-native species Mt. Hamilton Road, Lover's Lookout, Lick Observatory, 30 May 2003
carrot family, sanicula? Shane Telescope, 15 June 2003
???? Observatory Peak, 15 June 2003
???? Observatory Peak, 15 June 2003
???? Shane Telescope, 15 June 2003
???? Shane Telescope, 15 June 2003
White Clarkia? Mount Hamilton Road, Grant Ranch, 31 May 2003
???? Kepler Peak, 16 June 2003

Fields of Flowers

Blue Dicks and Tomcat Clover Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Sky Lupines on hillside looking up towards 36" Great Refractor Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003
Douglas Wallflower, Lupine, Thistle Rattlesnake Ridge, 26 May 2003
California Poppies and Sky Lupine Observatory Peak, 30 May 2003
Mariposa Lilies, Elegant Brodiaea, and Clarkia South Spring, 8 June 2003
Buttercups, Spring Vetch, and Hillside Pea Rattlesnake Ridge, 22 May 2003