On Saturday D. and I went to Cooley Landing, because they had their "grand opening" a few weeks ago. But we found the Education Center empty, closed, and fenced off. So we wandered around on the trail instead, and I took some pics.
Welcome. But keep out.
A ground squirrel approaches us in the parking lot.
Around the back of the building, another squirrel lays in the shade on the cool concrete.
A pea-like flower.
Another look at the Education Center and its jutting roofline.
One of the abandoned tires stuck in the mud next to the landing. (I photographed the same tire 5 years ago.)
It's low tide today.
These look like squirrel tracks in the mud.
A channel in the mud is lined with Eastern mudsnails (Ilyanassa obsoleta), an invasive non-native.
A rustic fence on the grounds.
Cheerful daisies grow all around.
A ground squirrel keeps an eye on things from a fence rail.
The vast expanse of mudflats.
Part of the Bay Trail goes through here.
Have I mentioned it's low tide?
A huge batch of Eastern mudsnails.
Looking across what was once a debris-strewn meadow atop a landfill, we see the new Education Center.
Another look at the Education Center before heading back home.