Outdoor San Diego Entries for May, 2009

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San Diego Crickets

The chirping of crickets tells us the warmer weather of summer is well on its way. Their plaintive pleadings for ...

Desert Willows & Smoke Trees

The blooming of desert annuals is over, but not so for the stolid desert willows and smoke trees. Rooted to ...

Roses, Wildflowers, Oleandar

SPRING WILDFLOWERS have largely dried up in many areas of San Diego County, but in the cooler coastal enclaves such ...

May's Highest & Lowest Tides

The highest tide this month, measuring +6.6 feet, occurs on Sunday, May 24, at 9:31 p.m. Lowest tide levels for ...

Warblers and Flycatchers

Land bird migration is in full swing this month in San Diego County, with warblers and flycatchers among those most ...

May Gray and June Gloom

The generally dreary, overcast, late spring weather along San Diego's coastline, has already begun and could intensify next month. Occasionally, ...

Blazing Venus

Now in the second month of its 9-month-long morning-sky apparition, Venus continues blazing brightly in the eastern sky during early-morning ...

Agaves

Agaves, or century plants (Agave americana), have been sending up their asparagus-like flower stalks all over the metro San Diego ...

Mule Deer

Mule deer by the dozens continue to roam through the 25,000-acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, where the smoldering landscape of ...

Mountain Wildflowers

Wildflowers of San Diego County's highest mountains are in bloom this month. Take a walk along any trail above 4500 ...

The Silk Oak Tree

The silk oak tree, a fast-growing import from Australia, comes into short-lived glory this month. Golden flower clusters decorate the ...

Wild Lilac in Bloom

Wild Lilac (ceanothus) is currently blooming mostly at elevations higher than 4000 feet in San Diego County. Blossom colors range ...

Chamise and Buckwheat

Two of the most common native flowering plants in San Diego County's sage-scrub and chaparral plant communities — chamise and ...

San Diego's Coastal Wildflower Bloom

A middle-of-the-road wildflower display due to slightly-less-than-normal winter rainfall -- is not entirely over. Meticulous searches on slopes facing north ...

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