Jughandle State Reserve, Caspar, Mendocino County, California
Photographs of plants taken February and March, 2002 by John Malpas

A windswept hedge of coast silk tassle (Garrya elliptica) grows right down to the beach.


Pacific wax-myrtle (Myrica californica) sticks up through the hedge.


Salal (Gaultheria shallon) covers a shady cliff.


There is a knoll overlooking the beach covered with Bishop Pine (Pinus muricata), Grand Fir (Abies grandis), and Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis).



The understory contains pink-flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum)


Blueblossom (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus)

and twinberry (Lonicera involucrata).


Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) pokes up through a break in the trees.


Red alders (Alnus rubra) grow on a tiny beach on the north side of the creek.