Nerium Oleander, another pretty flower on a toxic shrub. It is not as deadly as Angel’s Trumpets although ingestion can cause poisoning when someone sucks nectar from the flowers or chews leaves from the plant. Poisoning can also happen if you eat honey made by bees that used the oleander plant for nectar. Best to keep dogs and kids away from it.
Photo 1: Shower of peach Oleander
Photo 2: Single Oleander Bloom
Photo 3: Oleander buds and blooms
Photo 4: Peach Oleander
Photo 5: Pretty and toxic
Brugmansia, more commonly known as Angel’s Trumpets are well suited to their name and look positively angelic in the early morning light. Do not be deceived by their heavenly name and scent though as they are deadly poisonous so if you eat them you could meet your maker. This large shrub with it’s impressive blooms belongs to the Solanaceae family along with a plant called Deadly Nightshade for good reason, all parts of Brugmansia are poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous.
Photo 1: Angel’s Trumpets in Morning light
Photo 2: Sunkissed Angel’s Trumpet
Photo 3: Salutation
Photo 4:Angel’s Trumpet bud
Photo 5: Heavenly form
Photo 6: The spiral
Photo 7: Angel’s Trumpet
The nearby Tassajara Creek offers wonderful photo opportunities and while I was out trying some scenic outdoor pics I came across this bloom. It reminded me of the Horse Chestnuts I had seen in the UK only the flowers were packed much closer on the stalk. After some research I found out that it is Aesculus Californica, California Buckeye aka California Chestnut. The fruits are poisonous, and they were used as fish poison by the Pomo, Yana, Yokut and Luiseno peoples (Kroeber, 1925). Nifty fishing method…As I walked away from the tree, a Swallowtail Butterfly also made it’s appearance and I was fortunate enough to get a shot of it.
Photo 1: Buckeye in Bloom
Photo 2: California Horse Chestnut
Photo 3: British Horse Chestnut White
Photo 4: British Horse Chestnut Pink
Photo 5: Buckeye along the Creek
Photo 6: Butterfly on Buckeye
Photo 7: And another butterfly pic just for fun
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) is the quintessential English toadstool with its bright red colour and little white spots. The fleshy toadstool is actually the spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus and as it matures the white spots drop off and it flattens out. Fly agaric derives its name from the practice of using it to attract and poison flies, often broken up into milk or sprinkled with sugar. It is also toxic to humans.
Photo 1: Fly Agaric in the woods
Photo 2: Fly Agaric emerging
Photo 3: Fly Agaric mini
Photo 4: Fly Agaric with bite
Photo 5: Fly Agaric needing a fairy