Saturday, March 19, 2011

Alien life forms at Huckleberry Regional Preserve

I went to Huckleberry a couple of weeks in search of Ribes sanguineum blossoms.  I found that and quite a bit more.  One of the storms seemed to have knocked a tree over at the beginning of the trail.  But I saw some people coming up that part of the trail so I went on down.  Shhh, don't tell.  I think it was only for liability reasons anyway.
 The ferns were emerging from their dry season slumber.

These weird shapes were on the madrone trunks.
 More after the jump...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Catch up - Photos of Mt. Diablo with Snow and Roasting the Bay Nuts

A few days after my aborted attempt to see snow on Mt. Diablo, I went out to Walnut Creek to do some work. Luckily my friend was driving.  He was even nice enough to pull over, but strangely the best pics were just taken through the windshield while moving.

And I realized I did in fact take some pics while roasting the bay nuts.  The shells are very easy to remove, leaving two halves of a creamy colored nut.  The 2nd and 3rd pic are the roasted nuts.  The 2nd picture is without flash and the 3rd with.  The actual color of the roasted nuts is somwhere in between, think a ruddy chocolate brown.