On Sunday D. and I were going to attend a solar astronomy event sponsored by the San Jose Astronomical Association, but clouds got in the way. Even through a telescope, it is very hard to see anything meaningful on the sun through overcast! So we decided to take a little walk on the trail at nearby Los Gatos Creek County Park instead, and here are some of the pics I took.
Sycamore buds are starting to pop.
A mallard in the creek.
The winter canopy overhead.
Looking downstream, from a little island in the creek.
The acacias are in bloom.
Arroyo willow catkins.
The river island.
A bigleaf maple leaf floats in a backwater of the creek.
Another leaf, leftover from last autumn, drifts slowly down the current.
Another look at the creek from the little island.
A coot swims upstream in a gleam of sunlight.
Mushrooms show slender silvery slug trails on their caps.
Sycamore flowers are popping out.
Lesser scaup in a groundwater recharge pond next to the trail.
A coot swims in the recharge pond.
Another look at Los Gatos Creek before heading home.