A couple of weeks ago D. and I took another twilight hike on the Adobe Creek Trail, in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
My pics first, then D.'s.
The scenery at the parking area; the marshes are beyond the grass.
An estivating milk snail on the fence in the parking lot. The spider web shows how long he's been there.
Some of the bird sculptures at the trailhead.
Looking northwest toward the Byxbee Park Hills.
A large flock of pelicans settles in for the night, accompanied by lots of little sandpipers.
Each bird has a twin mirrored in the shallow water.
A bunch of balloons drifts in the slough on the other side of the levee. We fish them out and pop them, otherwise they'd pose a danger to the wildlife.
Sunset overt the Santa Cruz Mountains as we double back along the trail.
Peering into the windows of an abandoned fitness center in a business park between the highway and the marsh.
We saw two bunnies, obviously escaped pets, running loose by the bank of the creek. They seemed happy, and unafraid of the people going past them on the trail, but it made me sad that they were dumped there. That just isn't right.
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Here's the pics D. took.
Low tide at the marsh, looking toward the East Bay Hills.
Evening flocks of pelicans and sandpipers.
Lots of wading birds find things to eat in the mud. Black-necked stilts, American avocets, dowitchers. Low tide draws them in in droves.
A big yellow moon clears the East Bay Hills and rises over the marsh.
Reeds at twilight.
Egrets flocking in to roost in the enormous eucalyptus trees lining this stretch of Adobe Creek.
Psycho bunnies. Shame on people who abandon their pets!
Tunnel under Highway 101 where it crosses the creek.
Looking up the concrete trapezoid channel where Baron Creek joins Adobe Creek, just west of Highway 101. They were clearing silt and debris out of the channels, and parked their big machines there at night.
And then it got to be too dark to see much of anything, so we came home.