The Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”1-DSC_8427

I have size 13 – 2E feet.  There…I said it.  Yes, I have big feet.

So normally, anything having to do with, well, my big feet, I normally avoid.  However, I was going through my pictures recently and remembered that I had taken this nice shot of some California Golden Poppies at the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve off of the Skyline Boulevard in the mountains above San Jose/Silicon Valley.  This particular picture was taken very close to the newer Mindego Gateway parking and trail staging area.

Russian Ridge OSP has some really terrific hiking trails where you can view both the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  It’s also not unusual to see some red tailed hawks circling the sky while hiking here.  Finally, this OSP has some of the best accessible wildflower areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Yes, that is one of my big feet in the lower left hand corner of the picture.  I’m wearing my KEEN boots which have carried me all over California.  My Keen’s are the most comfortable hiking boots I’ve ever worn.  They’ve shared many adventures with me without one complaint.

My knees have also been on many adventures with me.  Unlike my Keen’s, my knees always complain.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet





The California Golden Poppy on the top is from my hike at La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

The California Golden Poppy on the bottom is from my hike on Bald Mountian at Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.

Hmm….and, the same flower photo bombed both shots!

Two great places to hike.  La Honda Creek OSP requires a permit and is “unimproved.”  However, It was awash in wildflowers when I hiked there a couple of weeks ago.  I could’ve dropped my trusty Nikon D40 just about anywhere and taken some great wildflower shots!  Here’s a random shot of a hillside next to the trail…


Sierra Azul OSP is the largest preserve in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.  There is a new paved parking area


on a ridge just off of Mt. Umunhum road south of San Jose.  For you engineering geeks (like me), there are some nice bio retention basins constructed on the north side of the parking lot.

The trail to Bald Mountain is an easy, family friendly hike of about 2 miles round trip.  The view from Bald Mountain to Mt. Umunhum can’t be beat…even on a cloudy day!


On the lookout for more “Doppelpoppies” on the trail!

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

Photo 101 – Warmth & the Quality of Light

Golden Poppies stretching to the sun

Golden Poppies stretching to the sun

Photo 101 – Warmth and Quality of Light

I took this picture at the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of San Jose/Silicon Valley.  The sun isn’t in this shot…but, it is obvious that these California Golden Poppies sure know where that sun is in the sky!

Not many shadows in this picture.  But, I think the combination of the Golden Poppies, the green grass, and blue sky feels like a warm day to me.  What do you think?

I might experiment with getting some more side lit shots on my next hike.  Can I submit an assignment more than once for extra credit?  🙂

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