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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

 

Spring, Another Spring


Spring

Nothing is so beautiful as spring--
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush's eggs look like little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing:
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy ?
A strain of earth's sweet being in the beginning...
--Gerard Manley Hopkins


The weather forecast was wrong; it didn't rain last night. This spring morning the sky looks as though we might get some rain. For us in the San Francisco Peninsula, rainfall this season has been about 60% of norm. But rain or not, the trees and gardens in the neighborhood leave no doubt about the arrival of spring. The foothills look inviting. Whatever outdoor activities give you pleasure, make the most of it.

Los Gatos Creek in February

One can reach Los Gatos Creek trail from downtown and walk south to Lexington Reservoir (about 2.5 miles) or make a left turn and go up to St. Joseph's Hill. Scenic and not too demanding, the trail is popular with local residents. Close proximity of Hwy 880 is a minus but after a few minutes on the trail it becomes just a noise in the background.

Mural under Freeway Overpass and a Bench to admire it
©Musafir

"The first known settlers of Los Gatos were the Ohlone Indians. Thought to have inhabited the area for more than 10,000 years, they lived along the Los Gatos Creek near today's Vasona Park."
Source: http://www.los-gatos.org/main/history.html

The Meadow
©Musafir

Rowers on Lexington Reservoir
©Musafir

The water level noticeably low. Last year in February it was above the tree line.

A picnic table overlooking the reservoir
©Musafir

Bench with a great view looking east
©Musafir

The inscription reads: In loving memory of John Dean - We have all been blessed with his "Best Gifts"

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