Wildflower Scavenger Hunt
Almaden Quicksilver, April 2014
|Wood Road Trail, Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
|Scavenger Hunt is hosted & staffed by members of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
|Participants are provided with a descriptive list of wildflowers commonly found in the park.
|Goal is to match descriptions with wildflowers growing along the trail.
|Hounds Tongue, an early wildflower found throughout parks and preserves.
|Cell-phone cameras are perfect for taking quick photos of wildflowers.
|Checkerbloom, a nectar-rich wildflower that favors sunny areas along trails.
|Hand-out materials include photos of wildflowers to aid in identification.
|Bright gold Johnny Jump Up surrounded by tiny pink linanthus wildflowers.
|Another early spring wildflower, these bright red Indian Warriors light up the undergrowth.
|Leashed canine companions are welcome in Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
|Bright yellow Buttercups peek from behind a thistle leaf.
|Comparing a photo to see if it's a match for a wildflower.
|A single Silver Tip surrounded by Rose Clover.
|Spring Vetch has a seedpod similar to a Sweet Pea.
|Wild Iris, look for it in areas of dappled sunlight and shade.
|Mountain Iris, this variety has faint blue veins in its leaves.
|Sound asleep, this wasp needs sunlight to warm it enough to take flight.
|Yellow-gold Sticky Monkey Flower, common to chaparral areas along trails.
|This particular type of wasp feeds on wildflower nectar.
|Wild Blackberry, common throughout Santa Clara Valley.
|Scavenger Hunt route extended a half-mile along Wood Road Trail.
|Blue-Eyed Grass with a single example of Wild Geranium.
|A hillside of thick chaparral beside Wood Road Trail.
|Wildflower Scavenger Hunt is great fun for children as well as adults.
|A brother and sister team up to complete their hunt scorecard.
|Glorious California Poppies.
|Large patch of California Gilia.
|Chickpea Lupine surrounded by Rose Clover.
|A young participant double-checks her scorecard before final review.
|Examining an unknown plant for identification.
|Scavenger Hunt staff check participants' scorecards for completeness, accuracy.
|Token prizes were awarded participants completing wildflower hunt.
|75-150 park visitors participate in the Wildflower Scavenger Hunt each year.
|Be sure to join the fun next year!
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