End-of-winter wanderings: a few flowers, a few fuzzies
The weather’s been a mix of warmth and chill, with 20-degree swings in the high temps from day to day (last week had some days hit 85; other days were chilly low 60s). Since it’s been a fairly dry winter, the wildflower show is muted, but there are still a few bloomers on my favorite trails.
Those were the flowers; here’s some recent fuzzies:
This next photo is the opposite of warm fuzzies and wildflowers–it seems to me to be the epitome of government waste. Out hiking today in Santiago Oaks Regional Park, I noticed miles and miles of trails had been sprayed with weed killer tinted a sickly green color (to mark where it had been applied). Hmmm . . . according to what I’ve learned, the edges of trails are favored spots for wild flowers. So why spray? It’s not as if the wide trails were in danger of being overgrown with out-of-control vegetation. And the aesthetic unpleasantness of dirt trails bordered with nasty unnatural green-icky spray was a definite downer this afternoon (along with the dogs off-leash, a weekend’s worth of trail trash, and the newly cut trails between switchbacks).
Grrr . . .