Docent Day 2010
Orange County Wild (a coalition of wildlands land managers from different O.C. agencies) sponsors a volunteer training day every year–Saturday’s event was the 13th annual. The host site rotates each time, to give volunteers the opportunity to visit the many interesting wild organizations in the area. This year’s host was Rancho Sonado, home of Inside the Outdoors (the O.C. Dept. of Ed’s outdoor education site in Santiago Canyon).
It absolutely poured for about fifteen minutes during the second program of the morning. This was a big distraction to me as we were out on a loop trail learning about Ethnobotany, and all I could do was hang in the back and marvel at the smell and feel and sparkle of rain on a warm autumn morning. The trail got so slippery I “had” to take off my sandals and go barefoot in the mud for traction–another fabulous tactile distraction.
I tried to capture the rain-during-hot-sunshine feel on my camera, but of course couldn’t get close. But if you look carefully, you may see raindrops (the black “spiky” shapes are the remains of shrubs burned in the 2007 Santiago Fire).
Later, when things had dried out, Mark Mendez displayed and discussed his collection of family artifacts. Mark is Chumash (Central Coast area Indians), and made most of the articles in the photo with/for his family–including the cradleboard in the foreground which his son used.
Mark’s presentation was one of nine, on a wonderful variety of topics (Wilderness Survival, Tidepools, Birds of Prey . . . you get the idea . . . lots of fascinating experts talking about their passions for an interested audience of volunteer naturalists who then can share this information in their future interpretive programs).
One last photo–I tried and tried to get an image of native plants dripping after the downpour; everything dried up so quickly it was difficult. In a shady, wet area, though, there were cattails growing below the main pond where the drops lingered . . .