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Friday, January 15, 2010


The Seasons: Winter Rains and Green Foothills


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


Milk Maids


Wild Clematis, Seed pods opening


Makeshift footbridge over Buckeye Creek

Picnic alongside Buckeye Creek


Happy Forager

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


Slippery Jacks


The Rain

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

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