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Jacarandas on Ash Street, locust blossoms in Julian

Bracken fern popping up in mountains

Jacaranda along Canon Street, Point Loma
Jacaranda along Canon Street, Point Loma

April’s Lowest Tides, associated with the full moon, drop to as low as -0.58 feet on Monday, April 25. On Monday at 12:59 pm, the tide bottoms out at -0.58 feet. Tuesday’s lowest tide of -0.45 feet occurs at 1:39 pm. You may get some access to coastal tidepools during these low tides.

Blue-Blossoming Jacarandas (the City of San Diego’s official “street tree”) have already produced a first wave of color all over the region. By early or mid-May, warm weather permitting, this Brazilian import could put on a dazzling show. The larger jacarandas, which in full bloom are leafless (or nearly so), display myriads of delicate, trumpet-shaped blossoms — a lavender haze when seen from afar. Jacarandas are commonly used as landscaping in parks and on most college campuses. Nice rows of jacarandas grace Ash Street downtown, Rosecrans Boulevard in Point Loma, 25th Street in Golden Hill, and Mission Village Drive above what was Qualcomm Stadium.

Locust trees have become almost a trademark of California’s gold country.

The Tall Locust Trees planted years ago along Julian’s narrow streets are once again brightening this backcountry (and former gold-rush) town with blossoms of white, pink, and lavender. Introduced into the West by 19th-century emigrants, locust trees have become almost a trademark of California’s gold country, from the Mother Lode south to Julian.

Look for waist-high bracken fern along the creeks and hollows of the Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Laguna mountains.

Bracken Ferns are rising on the higher mountains of San Diego County, their bright green, unfolding fronds (called “fiddleheads”) pushing up through the russet remains of last year’s growth. Look for waist-high bracken fern along the creeks and hollows of the Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Laguna mountains.

Vega, the Summer Star, the zero-magnitude equal of Arcturus, is now twinkling low in the northeast after nightfall... depending on your latitude. The farther north you are, the higher it will be. If you’re in the latitudes of the southern U.S., you’ll have to wait until a bit later after dark for it to appear.

The above comes from the Outdoors listings in the Reader compiled by Jerry Schad, author of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County. Schad died in 2011. Planet information from SkyandTelescope.org.

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Jacaranda along Canon Street, Point Loma
Jacaranda along Canon Street, Point Loma

April’s Lowest Tides, associated with the full moon, drop to as low as -0.58 feet on Monday, April 25. On Monday at 12:59 pm, the tide bottoms out at -0.58 feet. Tuesday’s lowest tide of -0.45 feet occurs at 1:39 pm. You may get some access to coastal tidepools during these low tides.

Blue-Blossoming Jacarandas (the City of San Diego’s official “street tree”) have already produced a first wave of color all over the region. By early or mid-May, warm weather permitting, this Brazilian import could put on a dazzling show. The larger jacarandas, which in full bloom are leafless (or nearly so), display myriads of delicate, trumpet-shaped blossoms — a lavender haze when seen from afar. Jacarandas are commonly used as landscaping in parks and on most college campuses. Nice rows of jacarandas grace Ash Street downtown, Rosecrans Boulevard in Point Loma, 25th Street in Golden Hill, and Mission Village Drive above what was Qualcomm Stadium.

Locust trees have become almost a trademark of California’s gold country.

The Tall Locust Trees planted years ago along Julian’s narrow streets are once again brightening this backcountry (and former gold-rush) town with blossoms of white, pink, and lavender. Introduced into the West by 19th-century emigrants, locust trees have become almost a trademark of California’s gold country, from the Mother Lode south to Julian.

Look for waist-high bracken fern along the creeks and hollows of the Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Laguna mountains.

Bracken Ferns are rising on the higher mountains of San Diego County, their bright green, unfolding fronds (called “fiddleheads”) pushing up through the russet remains of last year’s growth. Look for waist-high bracken fern along the creeks and hollows of the Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Laguna mountains.

Vega, the Summer Star, the zero-magnitude equal of Arcturus, is now twinkling low in the northeast after nightfall... depending on your latitude. The farther north you are, the higher it will be. If you’re in the latitudes of the southern U.S., you’ll have to wait until a bit later after dark for it to appear.

The above comes from the Outdoors listings in the Reader compiled by Jerry Schad, author of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County. Schad died in 2011. Planet information from SkyandTelescope.org.

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