We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mountains are gorgeous! Not used to Spring greenery out here in the Sierras. Some rain, which is blessing - the Pacific currents re now favoring us!
The photo is the largest clump we have seen in many decades of the rare Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) which grows in the thick humus of coniferous forests between 4,000-8,000 feet after the snow melts. We saw these at 7,100 feet on the road to our cabin. It is a root parasite, fleshy and nonphotosynthetic!
“Few plants attract the attention of visitors as much as the fabled snow plant does. Can anyone with a camera resist taking a photo? This root parasite has specialized roots that invade other species through associated mycorrhizal fungi and obtains its nutrients from them.” - Wildflowers of California