Cahalan to Snell Avenue
|Water District's canal road attracts walkers, joggers,
cyclists, naturalists, and photographers.
|Almond trees, descendants of trees that were once part of a large orchard.
|Their annual almond crop now feeds the area's wildlife.
| Faint trace of a path leading to the summit of this hill.
Saw a surprising number of access trails.
|Many majestic oaks accent the canal's visual landscape.
|A variety of native oaks, buckeye, manzanita, coffeeberry and toyon trees thrive here.
|A towering Valley Oak screened by thick vegetation.
|Signs of seasonal changes here and there.
|Backlit by the morning sun, limb structure of a California Buckeye.
|Buckeye shed their leaves early as the tree concentrates on producing its large seeds.
|Several Elderberry trees line the canal. Berries are eaten by wildlife.
|Coffeeberry with scrub jay.
|Cottontail rabbit foraging in trail side underbrush.
|An Anna's Hummingbird pauses before resuming its search for food.
Watched one catching insects.
|One of a pair of Bewick's Wren foraging in an elderberry tree.
|While foraging, this Mourning Dove sat down, extended its wing,
possibly in an attempt to dislodge mites and other parasites.
|As the morning sun heats the landscape, young fence lizards emerged to bask.
|Very few wildflowers to be seen.
|Outcrops of serpentine rock.
|A handful of Blue Oak line the road.
|Leaf clusters of the Blue Oak.
|Snell Road junction, about 2 miles from starting point.
|Tree in foreground is a CA buckeye completely clothed in poison oak.
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