October 11th, 2009

Bay Trail: Palo Alto Baylands to Ravenswood

Bay Trail: Palo Alto Baylands to Ravenswood

Yesterday D. and I went along the segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail between the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve and Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, and I took these pics.

In the Baylands, what do we see but a 3 1/2-foot-tall plywood dog. 

It has a glow stick on its ear. 

It was lying on its side off the trail on the side of the levee (we stood it up to take the pic).

Low tide at the Ravenswood marshes.

There used to be a landing at Ravenswood, with a wharf and a dredge to maintain the shipping channels in the Bay.  The port was used to ship bricks to build homes everywhere throughout the Bay Area (including San Francisco's Palace Hotel). Decades unused, it was destroyed in a fire last year.

San Francisco Bay salt marshes, home to the endangered red-bellied salt marsh harvest mouse and the invasive white-footed high-tension power lines.

This is not a forest seen from the air; it's a stand of pickleweed, growing in tree-like clumps out of the salt marsh mud.

Autumn brings tawny and russet tones to the marsh.