On Sunday I took a short walk on the Permanente Creek Trail here in town. Here are some of the pics I took while I was there.
Looking downstream, toward San Francisco Bay.
Blue fleurs next to the trail.
These look like clarkias (which I suspect may be garden escapees).
The trail heads north, toward the Bay.
Bindweed in bloom.
This hillside is burrowing owl habitat, and thus protected and off-limits.
The trail skirts Shoreline Amphitheatre (where a soundcheck for the evening's Dead & Company show starts up as I walk by).
The hills are turning brown as summer approaches and the annual grasses die out.
A bumble bee is dusted with pollen from visiting a bunch of feral artichokes next to the creek.
A developing artichoke.
A milk snail estivates on the limb of a dead shrub.
A juvenile sparrow flies away from a clump of fennel flower stalks.
A ground squirrel runs for its burrow after taking a brief dust bath in the trail.
Estivating snails want their VH-1, not their MTV, I guess.
Another look at the creek before heading home.