The Thursday Picture – Mule Ears

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Today’s Thursday Picture is of Wiethia Helenioides commonly known as Gray Mule Ears.

I came across this large yellow flower while hiking at Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

Here’s another shot of the Gray Mule Ears plant:

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I’ve spent a busy week in Southern California “hiking” around several college campuses on tours with my wife and daughter.  It is an exciting time in our family as our daughter prepares to go off to college next year!

Some of our daughter’s favorite campus tours were at Loyola MarymountPepperdine, UCLA and UC Irvine .  She is looking to study Biology.  I am looking forward to hiking this weekend to get some good shots of more wildflowers in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Although, I can see that in addition to wildflowers, we will be needing to search for scholarships! 🙂

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

 

 

 

View from My Truck – Driving to the Clouds

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My entry in the Daily Post “Landscape” 

Driving through the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve checking on the condition of some of our ranch roads.  I took this shot while I waited for a colleague to check on another road just before we reached the top of this hill.  On the other side of the hill, we could clearly see the Pacific Ocean.  I like this shot because of the contrast in the colors.  I did not boost the color at all!

This is Northern California cattle country.  Although, in this shot, only a lone hawk could be seen from this road.

This preserve can be accessed by obtaining a permit here.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

 

 

The Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

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The Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

Our daughter Casie discovered this hummingbird nest in our backyard about a week ago.  Since then, every time we have checked our new backyard guest, the Mother Hummingbird has been sitting contentedly in her nest.

I believe that she is a Calypte Anna – According to the Audubon site:

“Incubation is by female only, 14-19 days. Young: Female feeds the young, sticking her bill deep into their mouths and regurgitating tiny insects, perhaps mixed with nectar. Age of young at first flight about 18-23 days.”

14-19 days.  Time.

What are you doing over the next 14-19 days?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

 

The Blue and the Green

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I’ve been nominated by my friends, Kathy Bauman and Laura Better-Henry, to participate in a seven day nature photography challenge. I will post one nature video/photograph every day for seven days.

Day Five Above:  I took this shot on the Longwall Canyon Trail in the Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space Preserve located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains just a short drive from San Jose’s Almaden Valley.

I hiked here on the last day of January, 2016.  It had rained the night before, so the trails were fairly muddy in places.  It started out cloudy and threatened to rain some more.  However, I stayed dry – although it did get windy and cold along the ridge line – for most of this 6.75 mile hike.  The sun did start to peak through as I was hiking back to the nice staging area off of Casa Loma Road.  Now, parts of this hike up to the the ridge line are quite steep.  However, the view from the ridge along Bald Peaks Trail is spectacular.  I was able to see downtown San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco from the trail!  I was also able to see Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home of Super Bowl 50, from the same trail!  Rancho Canada del Oro OSP, along with neighboring Calero County Park  offer hiking, biking, and equestrian trails for everyone!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill!

The Thursday Picture – Indian Warrior

 

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It’s a TBT Thursday Picture!  I took this shot of an Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora) back in January, 2015.

I was hiking through the Thornewood Open Space Preserve when I came across several of these bright red flowers.  The Indian Warrior is a California Native perennial herb.  I see them most often in our Oak forests.  The Thornewood Preserve is a small preserve with only about 1.5 miles of trails.  This is one of our preserves where dogs on leash are allowed.  I remember seeing several beagles, full of energy, along the Bridle Trail.  The Beagles, barking and dragging their human through the second growth douglas fir and redwoods, were having a great time!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

 

Trailside Meadow in the Sierras

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Trailside Meadow on the way to Outpost Camp

I’ve been nominated by my friends, Kathy Bauman and Laura Better-Henry, to participate in a seven day nature photography challenge. I will post one nature video/photograph every day for seven days.

Day Two Above:  I took this shot on the Mt. Whitney trail on the way to Outpost Camp for a water break.

I had a great time hiking with my good friend Greg Jobe.  Here’s a decent shot of Greg cooking us some good eats!

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Well, I was having a great time until I was hit with altitude sickness at about 12,000 feet.  But, that is a story for another day.  What is ironic is that I started feeling really bad just about the time that our trail grub was ready.  See below…LOL

Dale at 12,000 feet I feel worse than I look

Dale at 12,000 feet I feel worse than I look

Other than getting sick…I had a great time hiking on the Mt. Whitney trail!  Let’s go back to a happier picture:

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Trailside Meadow

So, where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

Reminder of Spring

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In the midst of a wet winter here in California a reminder of Spring.

I took this shot after hiking to the top of Mission Peak in the Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

This was a challenging hike with about a 2,000 foot gain in a little over 3 miles.  Tough hike but, great views!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.