October 14th, 2021

Russian Ridge

Russian Ridge


Here are some pics from a visit to Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve on Monday.


Views from the trail.







California fuchsia is one of the few flowers still in bloom.





Star thistle = spiky owie.





A brilliant yellow bigleaf maple leaf.





The trail.





Dead California asters.





Dead milk thistle.





Poison oak is brilliant red in the afternoon light.





A tiny western fence lizard basks at the side of the trail.





A California bay laurel leaf near Alder Springs.





This praying mantis seems to be saying, "Oh, really?"





This leafless buckeye is full of seed pods.





A deep brown acorn on the trail.





Most of the hillsides are dry and exposed to the sun, but a few ferns manage to keep a foothold in a couple of gulches.





More dead California asters.





Dead annual grasses form a golden carpet on the hillside.





The view back up the trail from Alder Springs.




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