March 19th, 2009

Stevens Creek Trail, Yuba to Sleeper

Stevens Creek Trail, Yuba to Sleeper

Last Sunday D. and I took another walk along the new stretch of the Stevens Creek Trail (which is not completed yet). I took the following pics.

The blackberries are blossoming.

The creekside is green from the winter rains, and the creek is up.

The bridge will connect the new trail with Sleeper Park.

The area next to the creek used to be an almond orchard.

This year's new almonds.

Where've ya been?  In the long grass. 

Something has all but made lace of this blue gum eucalyptus leaf.

The trail runs along the Pacific Gas & Electric right-of-way under their high tension lines.  The towers' geometry caught my eye.

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D. took the following pics.

The trail at the Yuba Dr. trailhead.

The landscaping shrubs are coming into bloom along the trail.

The creek is very splashy where it comes out from the El Camino Real tunnel.  Last autumn when we were here, the creekbed was bone-dry except for a little trickle oozing lethargically along down the center of the channel.

A sure sign of spring is the poison oak coming into leaf.

Mustardweed is in bloom.

Wild radish.

One of the ancient almond trees sports a dainty blossom.

Looking southwest to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A red-tailed hawk perches on a high tension tower.  It let us get only so close, then took flight.


Have you seen this dog?  She's a husky-pitbull-sharpei mix.  Reward!

Lichen encrusts the limbs of an ancient almond tree.

Bigleaf maple flower clusters hang next to last year's winged seeds (which are technically called samaras).  Maple flowers are quite sweet and edible and can be used in salads.

Ho ho ho.

The enormous blue gums along the creek are blossoming.

The creek is no longer a trickle, but a steady flow from the rain.  Let's hope we've had enough rain to stave off water rationing this summer.