Barham Ranch Ramblings
Yesterday afternoon on the “new and improved” Chutes trail (since I’m not a big fan of bull-dozed trails I will refrain from passing judgment…oh wait…I just did…) revealed deer, wildflowers, and slanting golden light to warm the chilly air.
This image of four mule deer on a hillside (burned to bare earth almost exactly four years ago in the Windy Ridge fire) was taken across an arroyo from the trail I was on, with my little camera at 16x (full power) zoom in low light. It’s my version of a “Where’s Waldo” picture:
Some of the flowers in bloom included Purple Nightshade (Solanum xanti?), Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum), Parry’s Phacelia (Phacelia parryi), Common Phacelia (Phacelia distans), a couple of lupines, including Stinging Lupine (Lupinus hirsutissimus), Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii), and Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus).
The “light was right” for a few portraits:
This is the time of year Wild Cucumber climbs and sprawls wherever it can. The fruit sure don’t remind me of cucumbers, though…
And a nice barefoot stroll through Santiago Creek at sunset on my way back to my car parked at Irvine Regional Park.
There’s a celebration of Barham Ridge coming up on March 5…I guess to publicize the new trails that the mini-bulldozers have been busy carving out of the hills the last few months. I’m siding with the grumpies who begrudge change…I loved the rutted and narrow single-tracks that I’ve been wandering the last 14 years. One person’s “progress” is another one’s destruction of intermediate mariposa lily habitat…