On Sunday D. and I visited the National Wildlife Refuge to spend some time on the Mallard Slough Trail. Here are some of the pics I took.
The road in.
California poppy, and yarrow.
A view of the salt marsh.
A Canada goose makes itself at home on the trail.
A freshwater slough on one side of the trail.
A salt pond on the other side of the trail.
A raven investigates the edge of the salt pond.
A great egret in a salt pond.
Goldfields are in bloom
A freight train barrels through the salt marsh.
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 takes off for Guadalajara from nearby San José International.
A huge stand of goldfields makes an explosion of bright color next to the trail.
A great egret and a great blue heron look for things to eat in a salt pond.
The Union Pacific train tracks run alongside the refuge.
A ground squirrel checks out the scene next to the tracks.
Another great egret perches on a discarded concrete slab in a salt pond.
Another Canada goose hangs around next to the trail.
Here's a goose sitting on her nest, inconveniently located immediately next to the trail.
Mushrooms sprout from decaying tree roots in the refuge's native plant garden.