These photos are all from our trip to Long Beach--they were taken around the house where we stayed, mostly along the path between the house and the beach.
It was fun putting together this post and trying to identify a lot of plants that are new to me. This website from WSU has a lot of good information, though I'm still left with a few question marks.
First we have the clear winner in the photogenic department, beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus).
Here is another sweet pea of some sort, a little pink one. I'm not sure of its species, but I think I've pulled some of these plants out of my perennial garden. Now that I see the pretty bloom, I'm kind of regretting that.
It's interesting how getting out of your usual environment can change your perspective about whether a plant is desirable or not. When you don't know what's a flower and what's a weed, you can just respond to each plant's color and form.
Though even known weeds take on a certain charm among the dunes.
On the other hand, I took so many pictures of beautiful waving beach grass, and it turns out that much of what I was photographing is probably invasive. So that's kind of a bummer.
Yarrow (the leaves look very different from what we have in our yard, so I'm not sure if this is a different species or just a different growth form characteristic of the seashore):
Western spiraea (Spiraea douglasii):
On the foredunes I think I found two species of beach rocket (neither one native to the West Coast). I'm pretty sure this is European beach rocket, Cakile maritima.
But some of these plants will have to remain a mystery. Like this wee daisy-like thing.
Or this one, with leaves that remind me a bit of of woolly sunflower, but which clearly isn't.
Or this one, with inflorescences that look like mullein,
but with a very different growth form.
Well, figuring this out will give me something to do next time, right?