On Saturday D. and I visited the newly-opened Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, and I took some pics.
The view from the parking lot.
California poppies blow about in the breeze.
The hillsides are tinder-dry from the drought.
We head off on the Arrowhead Loop Trail.
Looking back the way we came.
More dried grasses. Smoking in the preserve is strictly prohibited. The fire danger is too high.
Farther along the trail.
♪♫♪ The jawbone's connected to the leg bone. ♪♫♪
The trail wends farther back into the hills.
Dried thistles are ready to send their floofy seeds out onto the wind.
The canopy of buckeyes, already gone dormant for the long dry summer.
An edumacational sign talks about the wildlife-human interface.
View from the trail of the Coyote Valley.
On our way back we see a bobcat surveying the scene from the shade of some blue oaks.