this is the east end of the Ballona freshwater marsh, which is a constructed runoff-treating wetland created by the developer of the Playa Vista condo and office development, which is just to the east. I was accompanied by my friends Robin, Mary, Robin's mom Toby and daughter Annie, and Annie's friend Estelle.
by the way, the green stuff floating in the marsh seems to be little green plants with tiny leaves on them.
Hooker's evening primrose
a California rose
Mary with the pickleweed in the background. Pickleweed grows in the low elevation saltmarsh and somehow survives on rainwater even without any seawater which used to flow into this area before Culver Blvd. and the concreting of Ballona Creek changed the whole area.
2 snowy egrets and a great blue heron. These birds can be 4 feet tall...
alkali heath, also known as frankenia, an important salt marsh plant
this is from a tour I led on 9/20/2009 for http://hiking.meetup.com/196/calendar/11308447/
they also posted a lot of nice photos from the tour