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Date: 4-20-2019 12:33 AM
Subject: Russian Ridge
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Tags:butterfly, field trip, flower, grasshopper, insect, lichen, native wildflower, redwood city, russian ridge, snake
Russian Ridge

On Sunday D. and I visited Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.  Here are some of the pics I took.

California buttercups are in bloom.

A view of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which passes throug the preserve.

The view to the southwest fro the Charquin Trail.

We try to proceed along the Alder Spring Trail but there is a low muddy spot that is too deep and mucky, so we have to double back.

At the muddy spot, butterflies cavort.  This may possibly be an endangered Mission Blue, which is known to live in pockets of habitat along Skyline Ridge, of which this preserve is a part. (Positive ID pending from entomologists.)

ETA: Nope, it's a Silvery Blue, Glaucopsyche lygdamus.

A view up at the ridge.

California poppies are starting to bloom now that the ground is warming up.

Looking west toward the marine layer that is obscuring the Pacific Ocean.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail.

A painted meadow grasshopper pauses on the trail before hopping away.

Looking east over San Francisco Bay, with Mt. Diablo on the horizon.

A rock on the Hawk Ridge Trail hosts a lot of colorful lichen.

Looking back toward the summit of Borel Hill.

On a short spur trail we find a juvenile northern Pacific rattlesnake basking on the warm stones.  It is my first-ever sighting of a rattlesnake in the wild.

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