Place: Lake Oroville SRA, Oroville, California
Coordinates: 39.548435, -121.495301
The expected rain hasn't arrived yet, so after our morning exploration of North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve we decided to go on another hike. Taking the suggestion we got at the Lake Oroville SRA visitor center, we crossed the Oroville Dam, parked at the Spillway entrance and went hiking on the Potter Ravine trail.
|Map section scanned from the park's brochure. Our trail is labeled yellow (and no, we did not walk on the water).|
|Painfully low water level at Lake Oroville|
|Coloring the grass|
|Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)|
|Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum), entertaining a beetle|
|Slim Larkspur (Delphinium depauperatum)|
Between the rocks along the creek I spotted a group of blooming canyon dudleya. If the draught continues, there might be more of them in the future.
|Canyon Dudleya (Dudleya cymosa)|
|Sky lupine paining the sad walls of the drying lake Oroville|
Newly formed habitats, such as volcanic devastation areas or the exposed sides of a receding lake are first colonized by pioneer plants. Lupine is such a pioneer.
So is the lotus.
|Spanish Lotus (Acmispon americanus)|
|Wrangel's Lotus, (Acmispon wrangelianus)|
|Another pioneer: Bolander's Lilanthus (Leptosiphon bolanderi)|
The dry lake bed and the creek that we originally crossed higher up: a view point down below. The brown 'bushes' are dead christmas trees that were brought there to provide shelter for nesting birds.