Ridge / Tie Camp / Merry-Go-Round Trail Loop
Mt Madonna County Park, 17 October 2010
|Trailhead, Ridge Trail, Sprig Pond Day Use Staging Area.
|An old split-rail fence along a shaded avenue.
|Yummy looking crimson berries of the Hairy Honeysuckle, unfortunately inedible.
|Snowberry, which produces a tiny pink flower in spring so small it often goes unnoticed.
|"And I awoke in rainy autumn and walked abroad in a shower of all my days." -Dylan Thomas
|Trail-side Leather Oaks were heavy with acorns.
|Numerous patches of Buckwheat along the trail some still producing nectar to attract insects.
|Hillside Tarweed, a late summer/early fall nectar source for butterflies and other insects.
|Close-up photo of Coyote Brush which flourishes at this time of year.
|Ridge Trail climbs nearly a mile before reaching the Tie Camp Trail junction.
|A light rain steadily falling.
|Drier conditions beneath the redwood canopy along the Tie Camp section of the trail loop.
|Very still, quiet in the redwood sections of the trail, felt like a thousand eyes were watching.
|Emerging into the light - a breath of fresh air after the oppressive closeness of the redwoods.
|Along a mixed oak forest avenue.
|Spanish Moss hangs low along a serpentine section of the Merry-Go-Round Trail.
|Lots of seasonal color. Lots of leaves slowly spiralling from tree tops to the ground.
|Buckeye leaves, their color slowly fading with the season.
|Ever present trail-side poison oak.
|California Fuchsia, a late summer, fall bloomer. A rich nectar source for hummingbirds.
|At times, Poison Oak becomes vine-like, clinging to branches, entwining tree trunks to reach sunlight.
|Trailside color near parking lot.
|"Sing a song of seasons -
|Something bright in all -
|Wildflowers in spring, leaves aflame in fall." -Robert Luis Stevenson
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