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Date: 1-20-2010 5:13 PM
Subject: Uvas Canyon County Park
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Tags:fern, field trip, fungus, ladybug, morgan hill, moss, mushroom, swanson creek, turkey tail fungus, uvas canyon, waterfall
Uvas Canyon County Park


On Sunday, D. and I went to Uvas Canyon County Park to see its renowned waterfalls.

Swanson Creek flows through the park, and it is fed not only by winter rainfall but also by perennial springs in the mountains, so it flows year-round. It was raining when we got there but let up before too long. We entered a cool, green, mossy world permeated with the restful white noise of falling water. First off, here's some pics I took.


Looking up Swanson Creek, at the junction of the Swanson Creek Trail and the Waterfall Loop Trail.





Turkey tails fungus growing out of the end of a dead log.





Twin mushrooms peek out from below a fallen tree limb.





There isn't all that much fungus here, surprisingly, but there are a lot of ferns and moss.







The first falls we see is Granuja Falls.





The brownish thread-like structures sticking up from the moss are sporophytes, which end in capsules that release reproductive spores when the weather is dry.





Every few yards along the trail, there is another little fall.





A bay tree blossom glistens in the rain.





Looking down into Swanson Creek, as we head up the Waterfall Loop Trail.





One of the many young Dudleya cymosa plants clinging to the mossy rock face along one side of the trail.





Have I mentioned it's a very ferny place?





Some of what the forest canopy looks like in the canyon.





Looking back down the Waterfall Loop Trail.





A trailside post is swarming with tomato-colored ladybugs.





Lower Black Rock Falls, 20' high.





Upper Black Rock Falls (35' high) glimmers in the forest gloom.





Have I mentioned it's a very mossy place?



Ferny, too.  



Two bitty little mushrooms nestle in the plush moss.





Another little falls.





More tiny mushrooms.





Upper Falls.





Basin Falls, 20' high.







Ooh, mossy bay trunks!



(Have I mentioned it's mossy here?)



Looking upstream toward Upper Falls.





Little Falls is little.





On our way out of the park, we encounter one of the largest flocks of wild turkeys I've ever seen (kinda crappy pic shot through the car windshield).  This shows less than half of them all.




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Here's some lovely pics taken by D.


Some of the waterfalls.







The rushing waters of Swanson Creek.







A few of the Dudleyas on the canyon wall.





Ladybugs swarming on a trailside marker post.





A couple more waterfalls.






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