Here are some pics from a visit to Russian Ridge on Monday.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail goes through the preserve.
The hills are still showing some green from winter rains.
The view west from the ridge, toward the Pacific Ocean.
A gibbous moon rises over the ridge.
Looking east over San Francisco Bay toward the Diablo Range.
Remnants of autumn are still to be found.
Looking north along the ridge.
Another look at the trail, which is rocky and rutted and very uncomfortable for me to navigate along most of it. The peace and quiet, sweeping views, fresh air and sunshine almost make up for the discomfort.
A white-tailed kite settles on the top of a tree after an unsuccessful hunting foray above the grassy hillsides.