After two years of low rainfall, this season has reversed the pattern. It was a pleasure to hike in Foothill Park, Palo Alto, this afternoon. The trails were moist and the shrubs green. Even found some wild flowers! Unusual at this time of the year. Water was flowing through Buckeye Creek at places. More rains expected next week.
From my window - Sunrise 7:04 AM January 15th
From my window - Sunrise 7:38 AM January 15th
First green leaves- A tree reawakening
Early arrival of Indian Paintbrush
Wild Clematis, Seed pods opening
Makeshift footbridge over Buckeye Creek
Picnic alongside Buckeye Creek
A bumper year for wild mushrooms. They are to be found everywhere. Not all are edible but the confluence of rains, sunny days, and varying range of temperature must be right for their growth. The chanterelles rewarded foraging trips. Then there were oyster mushrooms. Barely a mile from home I found a patch of Slippery Jacks under pine trees. They are edible but not prized.
A patch of chanterelles
I hear leaves drinking rain;
I hear rich leaves on top
Giving the poor beneath
Drop after drop;
'Tis a sweet noise to hear
These green leaves drinking near.
---William Henry Davies