On Sunday D. and I spent some time wandering around Redwood Shores, taking a gander at the Oracle corporate campus and then enjoying part of the Bay Trail along Belmont Slough. Here are some of the pics I took.
The Oracle buildings jut dramatically into the sky.
Oracle's lake and fountain.
The campus's landscaping provides the fruiting shrubs and scattered trees that yellow-rumped warblers seek out during winter.
The curlew's long bill is well-suited to probing the mudlfats of Belmont Slough for deep-burrowing marine invertebrates.
Ice plant's brilliant magenta flowers provide pops of color in the dull autumn landscape.
Snowy egrets look for fish, frogs, worms, crustaceans, and insects in the slough.
The slough in back of the Oracle campus.
A great blue heron stalks the tidal marsh for any fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects, and other birds it can find.
A black-necked stilt hunts for aquatic invertebrates, small crustaceans, amphibians, snails, and tiny fish.
Signs of autumn: prickly dried flowers and abundant floof.