Magenta Iceplant flower bud. Common plant on the...
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I have been a photographer since childhood. My passion ignited on a 50 mile hike in the Sierra as a boy scout. My compact instamatic camera got a workout. Shortly after, I graduated to an SLR camera. I wore my first SLR, a Praktica, around my neck for almost all my senior year in high school.

Magenta Iceplant flower bud
Magenta Iceplant flower bud

Montara State Beach, Montara CA


Magenta Iceplant flower bud. Common plant on the California coast.

Along the California coast, you’ll find Iceplant in abundance. Although it might be a bit early, on my recent visit to the coast, the Iceplant flower buds are starting to open. Mostly magenta or yellow in color, the dots of color on the carpet of green plants is very pleasing. These plants originated in South Africa where the climate is very similar to California. Iceplant were imported and planted as stabilizing ground cover for rail lines and highways starting around 1900.

Since then Iceplant has pretty much taken over where original native plants once lived and bloomed. Nowadays, planting is discouraged due to their fast growth in favor of native ground cover.. The plants are so wide spread and ubiquitous on our highways and coast, complete eradication is pretty unlikely. Plus there is the inherent beauty of these vast areas of green and color to consider.


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