Small lobed leaves and big balls: a christmas bitterbrush
Tired of christmas trees? Check out the christmas brush next to the Lower Thomas Creek Trail in the northern Galena-area south of Reno. Hiking uphill from the Arrowcreek Parkway trailhead to Timberline Drive, I found—at a random location (?)—a bitterbrush ornamented with red and silver christmas balls. This glitter-brush is on the left side of the path through open sagebrush land not far from the Thomas Creek bridge trailhead at the end of Timberline Drive with access to Dry Pond and the lower section of the Rim-to-Reno-Trail.
Balling up hikers and mountain bikers: who is in charge?