On Sunday D. and I went to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont to wander around on some of the trails. Here are the pics I took.
Looking toward Newark Slough from a tidegate leftover from the salt pond days.
A coot swims in a channel.
An abandoned gate flap from the old salt pond system of pipes lies next to the trail, rusting in the elements.
A ground squirrel pauses to snack on tender new shoots.
Blackwood acacia blossoms are like exuberant pompoms against the sky.
A great egret looks for fish in the channel.
A snowy egret pokes around near the shadow of the bridge over Newark Slough.
A yellowlegs darts around in the shallow water of the slough.
A former salt pond, now opened to the normal tidal action of the bay, glistens in the afternoon sun.
A northern harrier patrols the hillside next to the trail.
The view from the trail.
An Anna's hummingbird pauses in a tree.
Agave flower spikes, mother and child.
A clump of agaves above the trail.
A canvasback duck swims in the slough.