Saturday, September 8, 2012
Another Gloomy Day at the Beach
Painted Lady butterfly, with one wing slightly awry. Butterflies are fewer lately, but we did see a few Swallowtails, both yellow and black, and the sulphurs flitting around in the distance.
Cockleburr, Xanthium sp. These plants have seed pods with hooks like velcro, which stick in between the pads of hairy dog's feet. Have I mentioned that Skye is hairy? I've plucked more than a few of these from between her's, and Red's paws.
Coastal Sandbur, which may well be more annoying. A grass with an seed pods that are covered with long, sharp, and barbed thorns, these babies can make a strong dog whimper, and are tough to get out without getting stuck yourself. Also sometimes called Sand Spur or Devil's Spur.