Sunday D. and I felt like walking along a cool shady stream, so we went to Huddart Park, and we both took some pics. Mine first.
We begin our walk on Richards Road Trail, a remnant of the pre-park days of logging and ranching in the area.
We soon encounter West Union Creek, quietly burbling along with a typical low summer flow.
The calmer pools have populations of water striders skating along on the surface tension.
A gnarled California bay laurel log attests to decades of being scoured by floods.
How many faces are hidden in its convolutions?
Redwood canopy overhead.
The original redwood forest has been logged away. These are all second-growth.
Little spider webs are like rungs of a ladder going up this redwood trunk.
A young bigleaf maple glows in a patch of sunlight near the creek.
Ferns, mosses and blackberry briars are typical creekside plants.
A bracket fungus of the genus Ganoderma grows in this bay laurel stump.
Another look above into the canopy.
Richards Road Trail.
Disdainful tree . . . sneers at you.
Farther along the Richards Road Trail.
Looking up McGarvey Gulch.
The canopy above.
Another Ganoderma, showing the easily-bruised spore surface underneath.
Shady canopy overhead.
We begin our way back on the Crystal Springs Trail.
A spider web in the crotch of a redwood becomes a basket of sunshine in the late afternoon.
A stump blackened by fire long ago sprouts some fungus.
More Ganoderma popping out of the end of a log.
A vine begins to twine its way up the side of a redwood.
We saw relatively little poison oak in this part of the park, but we still had to watch where we were going.
The Bay Tree Trail takes us the rest of the way back.
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And here are D.'s pics.
The West Meadow picnic area is deserted.
At least people aren't loving it to death.
Looking downstream West Union Creek.
Two views along the Crystal Springs Trail.
This spider web looks like a hungry mouth.
Fungi on a charred stump.