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I am pretty sure this is a California Lupine. As I returned from ferrying The Boy & The House Blond down the hill to school, I stopped to take pictures of some grazing sheep in the nature preserve, looked down, and there it was, growing next to the barb wire fence alongside the road.
We see sheep now and again, which are an environmentally friendly way to handle vegetation removal for fire safety. What we don't see often is a shepard with a sheep dog carrying an eight foot staff. Looked to me like maybe he had a big *J* embroidered on his jacket.
The shepard and his flock were at least a mile away, which, unfortunately, meant that even with a telephoto lens, I couldn't get to get a good picture.