On Sunday D. and I returned to the Coyote Creek Lagoon trail to go off-trail in another direction. It wasn't very interesting, but here are some of the pics I took anyway.
Rose hips are ripening at the trailhead.
Canada geese hang out in Coyote Creek.
A black-necked stilt wades in a pond in the salt marsh.
This stilt is yelling at us in a high shrill voice as we pass by.
The reason for the screamin': its chick swims nearby.
Snowy egrets in Coyote Creek.
Looking across the marsh.
The trail is extremely overgrown and full of tinder-dry weeds.
A view across the creek, choked with vegetation.
Small ponds dot the marsh.
A buckeye pod, with tiny spines.
A prickly pear cactus is bearing fruit.
Another look across the marsh.
Someone's ukulele lessions haven't paid off, I guess.
Cheerful graffiti in a drainage culvert near the trailhead.