Poodle-dog Bush Along the PCT Near Islip Saddle

Nope, my eyes weren’t deceiving me, the hiker was carrying his full-size poodle up the trail. I was running down the PCT, east of Islip Saddle, after a run/hike to Mt. Hawkins and Throop Peak. I’m guessing the hiker was carrying his dog to keep it out of the Poodle-dog Bush on both sides of … Continue reading Poodle-dog Bush Along the PCT Near Islip Saddle

Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

The Mt. Wilson – Chantry Flat loop is a favorite that I run a couple times a year. Including a little bonus mileage to get to the Mt. Wilson parking lot before the gate opens, the run is about 18 miles long and gains/loses about 4500′ of elevation. The main trails in the loop are … Continue reading Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

I’d paused to rinse my arms and legs, hoping to wash away at least a little of the poison oak and Poodle-dog bush I’d been unable to avoid. I was at a small spring part way up the Kenyon Devore Trail, doing a variation of a loop that my son and I had done a … Continue reading Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

Stem fasciation in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush)

The photograph above is of an example of a bizarre malformation in plants known as stem fasciation — in this case in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush). The normally round stem of the plant has been transformed into a thick ribbon-like structure, many times the size of a normal stem. The photo is from a recent … Continue reading Stem fasciation in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush)

Sprouting Poodle-dog Bush Leaves

Poodle-dog bush* sprouting at the junction of the PCT and Mt. Waterman Trails, near Three Points. Little plants like these can grow to be monster-sized, like these along Edison Road, below Shortcut Saddle. The title photo was taken on a run around Mt. Waterman from Three Points on May 29, 2011 and the photo of … Continue reading Sprouting Poodle-dog Bush Leaves

Trail Runners Describe Reactions to Poodle-dog Bush

In a real-world test of Poodle-dog bush* exposure, during a recent training run at Mt. Wilson approximately 30 runners ran a mile-plus section of trail overgrown with the plant. Reactions varied from none at all, to at least one runner who had a strong reaction similar to my first bout with Poodle-dog bush several weeks … Continue reading Trail Runners Describe Reactions to Poodle-dog Bush