On Sunday D. and I went for a brief stroll along the Marsh Front Trail at The Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto, and I took these pics.
Power Lines and clouds. The sky threatens but the rain holds off.
Daisy, the first of many yellow flowers.
Many green-winged teal (Anas crecca) are feeding in the slough.
I guess there's no worry of the marsh burning up.
More yellow flowers.
Salt marsh and Mayfield Slough.
A shrub with white fleurs is in bloom along the trail.
Marsh Front Trail.
An immature gull flies overhead.
A Piper Cherokee flies overhead, taking off from neighboring Palo Alto Airport.
More yellow flowers -- another yellow daisy and brass-buttons.
Non-yellow flowers are present as well.
Another takeoff from the airport. It looks like the same plane as previous, a Piper Cherokee.
A black phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is busy catching insects.
Here's that Piper Cherokee again (the tail number is the same). The pilot must be practicing doing laps (continual takeoffs and landings, or "bounce and goes").
The Environmental Volunteers headquarters, at the edge of the marsh where a yacht harbor used to be.
Another plane takes off, this time a Cirrus SR22.
Byxbee Park is visible across the marsh.
Bench and water fountain.
Mayfield Slough, popular with teals and mallards.
Yet another plane goes overhead. The flight path is right over this section of the trail.
The ABC7 Sky7 helicopter comes in to land at Palo Alto Airport.
Looking east across the salt marsh.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum), getting ready to bloom.
I haz a stik.
A survey marker along the trail.
Another yellow flower, the ubiquitous Bermuda buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae).
An American avocet (Recurvirostra americana) looks for something to eat in the slough.
A green-winged teal swims through the slough.
Itchy curlew is itchy.