San Elijo Lagoon

Last monday we went to the San Elijo Lagoon for a field trip and I had a blast taking pictures of wonderful native plants and perhaps some not so native.

I really like that they have sage, sun flowers and all sorts of plants. Here are some of the

Encelia californica

Salvi Melifiera

Croton californicus

Baccharis salicifolia

Papaver heterophyllum

Pinus torreyana,

These are some of the plants I have taken at this trip. Hope you all enjoy my photos and more detailed description later.


Harmful Native Plants at San Elijo

San Elijo Lagoon has some fascinating forms of plants and wildlife in this lagoon, but some of the plants can be dangerous so here are just 3 plants that can cause some adverse effects if ingested or touched.


Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium) is a low growing plant that is native to this island but actually came from Mexico but somehow became a native plant. This is a dangerous plant as if you consume it can cause some hallucinogenic effect that can wreak havoc on your nervous system. This plant is also very toxic to pets as well. The name Datura comes from the name Dhatura in Arabic. This plant contains tropanes, such as atrophine. The name Jimson weed is noted when British soldiers ate this plant and acted like insane people.


Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca).

Tree Tobacco is a shrub that goes up to 20′ long but is not actually native to the San Elijo Lagoon. The nectar also provides a nice treat for hummingbirds. This plant is popular with the native indians who like to smoke it and use to treat sore throats, however it should not be consumed raw.


Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum).

This is a very famous thing that you should avoid. If you touch this plant, you will most likely get a rash. This is a California native plant which grows in Riparian habitats. If you get a rash from this plant, you can easily use soap and water ASAP to try and get rid of it, but the local pharmacies also carry some cream that should be carried in order to help with the rash. Some transition zones have this plant. Poison Oak can even give you some issues if its burning.

These are just some of the dangerous plants or plants in general in the San Elijo Lagoon.

Elfin Forest!

This is my Elfin forest that we did a couple of mondays ago. Some are in black and white and some are in color. I had a lot of fun on this photoshoot and I decided to use my B&W skills and the main skill was to photograph water and try to get it in a special way. I should reshoot this again in the near future but we also had a lesson on native plants. I need to bring a snack as these field trips can make me hungry. I had a good time overall and got to meet some good people and I did get a bit wet in my feet but did not successfully cross the water. I guess it was for the better as I have bad balance and did not want to destroy my old DSLR. Other than that I had a blast.


Last Monday, I saw Rise and it was a really good showing of this film. I was rather shocked to see how badly the Native Americans were treated by the big oil companies who want to build the pipeline. The film is about a group of Native Americans who have a camp and this camp is to stop the pipeline and to preserve their heritage. The biggest problem of the pipeline is that the Native Americans want to keep their water clean of pollutants. Vice themselves did a documentary news clip on the Indian water supply and water is byfar our most precious resource that we must keep clean. Native Americans use that water for their livestock, crops, and more. I actually saw both parts, but I am mainly focusing on the first part as we were only required to watch the first part. I did however, skip the Q&A session as it was getting too long and I had other things to do. The natives are worried that the oil could spill out of the pipeline and into the Groundwater, contaminating the watersupply and effectively killing off their population. Unfortunately, the pipeline is still in limbo as the Trump Administration realizes that the pipeline can bring in Jobs to other people. I was shocked at how large the Sioux population is and even stretching into Canada. In the end it was a good movie, and I probably do not want the pipeline to be built.

I would probably feel bad if my ancient burial grounds had to be dug up to help build a new pipeline. We must preserve our heritage as one day, some corporation builds a large thing over historical lands and that destroys it.