These photos are a collection of four different outings: Coyote Hills Regional Park, Quarry Trail off of Lexington Reservoir, Uvas Canyon County Park and Palo Alto Baylands.

Coyote Hills

Splish, splash I was taking a bath........  A Drake Mallard, making a soft three point landing.

The elusive "Northern Flicker." Colaptes auratus.  A Woodpecker that is very shy and difficult to get to pose.  I love photographing it in flight.  The whole underside of it's wings are a bright orange.

Limekiln/Quarry Trail

I was attracted to the tree trunk reflections in a previously dry creek.  One of my favorite features on one of my favorite trails.

Not a honey bee but still, the pollen gets distributed.

This is your typical scale Tonka Toy model, a model like you see in the basements of train enthusiasts..  All these trucks and tractors zooming around are guided by the hand of man instead of remotely, like in the aforementioned basement.  Photo is taken at the Limekiln Quarry near Lexington Reservoir from a view point off of Limekiln Trail.  Man, busily at work extracting Mother Natures bounty.  I wonder at what point, they will transition to using this hole in the ground, for a dump.

Uvas Canyon

Raging, muddy waters.  Taken after the storm stopped, Sunday Feb 8, 2015, 4:00 PM.  Later photos showed the water getting clearer. Yes, that brown stuff is cascading down the falls.  Photo taken with a longer exposure due to absence of sufficient light.

Taken Monday AM

I don't usually like doing this, using a higher F-Stop setting to get a longer exposure.  I actually bracketed this scene while using a tripod.  I liked the top of the falls being bright while the rest of the falls were murky and dark.  It is pleasing to the eye, but technically, not realistic as the water motion is blurred, even though it was done on purpose. ;=)  Taken Sunday PM.

I had to do this photo to capture the different interesting subjects: a bridge, moss covered tree trunks, the raging waters, boulders being used to grow Lichen.  So much content, just a palette of Mother Nature nourished by the recent rain storms.

First floor, Men's wear and underwear, second floor, ladies' lingerie, third floor, boys, Fourth floor, girls, Fifth floor, Screens and Ipads.

Every once in a while you find a fungi or lichen that loves to put itself out there.  These are clusters of Lichens on a dead piece of wood.  

Same waterfall as above but taken the next day with better lighting, resulting in a more realistic waterfall portrayal but not as artsy.

Uvas calls this a "Dry Wash" which it would normally be, had not it just rained.

A Spotted Banana Slug,  Ariolimax columbianus, cousin to the yellow banana slug, the USC mascot.  Actually, Banana Slugs are known to change color with diet and age.  I'm not sure what caused this one to be a different color.  Did you know that Banana Slugs only have teeth on their tongue?

Pardon the crappy photo but taken with an Iphone while illuminated with a flash light.  It was about nine inches long, not one that I had ever seen.  Discovered while walking around my campsite after nine in the evening. It is a  California Giant Salamander - Dicamptodon ensatus  common to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Wetlands, San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto, CA

"It's Valentines Day and all you are going to offer me is a value meal dinner at McDonalds?"  Honk!  Canadian Geese AKA Honkers because of their loud honk like call.

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." (Dean Martin)  Photo taken at 11:00 AM, handheld, full zoom (400mm) with a hazy sky.  Yes, daylight. The moon was actually in the Western sky at about 10:45.  I couldn't resist trying to "shoot the Moon."

Pass a napkin, please.

 A Uvas Falls video, click on the above photo to view. (Requires [free] Apple Quicktime to play.) You know, you need to go view these yourself.  Just set your GPS to 8515 Croy Rd, Morgan Hill, California.  Park in the first lot on the right after paying the entrance fee (presently $6 or use your Senior Pass for free entry).  The falls begin at the bottom of Swanson Creek with a trail 100 yds from the front of the parking lot bathroom entrances.  After viewing the first falls where Swanson Creek merges with Uvas Creek, go back up the trail following Swanson Creek up to where the bridge crossing is.  Then pickup the waterfall trail on the other side of the bridge and continue up Swanson Creek. Be sure to watch for the detour signs to view the tributary Black Rock and Basin Falls. Then return back to the main trail.  If you want to do a loop, follow the creek trail up to the very end, were you can cross upper Swanson Creek over to the "Contour Trail" (Impassable if creek level is very high). At the end of the Contour Trail, you can take the fire road to the right until you come to the "Triple Falls" trail.  The "Triple Falls" are super dependent on an adequate supply of water and best to view during or after a robust rain storm. Return back to the parking lot by taking the fire road back to the Contour Trail and continue on to Swanson Creek, following your park informational signs.  About 7mi and 1600'.

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens as well as a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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