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Outdoor Photo Gallery

Photo Class 2007 Powerpoint (21MB)

HDR Experiments-1

HDR Experiments-2

HDR Sunset Pictures at Hellyer Park

HDR Pictures at Uvas Canyon

Almaden Quicksilver HDR Pictures

Santa Teresa Pueblo Area HDR Sunset Pictures

HDR Norred Trail Sunset Pictures

Outdoor Photography Class, April 9, 2009

Sam Drake's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

Don Abel's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

Grant Ranch, 1/31/10

Outdoor Photo & Wildflower Walk, Rancho San Vicente, April 17, 2010

Outdoor Photography Class, Santa Teresa 10/2/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Stile Ranch Trail Sunset, 1/29/11

Rainbows, Santa Teresa Park, 1/30/11

Coyote Lake Links

Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

Santa Clara County Parks

Mummy Mountain Trail Work Day/Trail Opening 4/24/10

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/10/07

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/20-21/09

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/20-21/09

Savannah Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/18/09

Sam Drake's Mummy Mountain Pictures on 2/6/10, 3/6/10,
Everytrail GPS Track and pictures: 2/6/10, 3/6/10

Kate Martin's photo gallery of the 4/24/10 Mummy Mountain Trail Event

Geocaching Class, Mummy Mountain Trail 5/15/10

Other Park Links

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Santa Teresa Park

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Other Park Pictures

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Bernal Hill wildflowers and views, Feb-Apr. '08 Part 1, Part 2

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge, Feb-April '08

Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Stile, 5/4/08

Doan Ranch 11/22/08 Page 1, Page 2

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09

Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09

Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Fortini-Stile Ranch, 5/9/09

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Palassou Ridge 6/6/09

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, June 13, 2009

Mt. Madonna Geocaching Class, 7/11/09

Hellyer HDR Pictures 1/10/10

Almaden Quicksilver Wood Road Geocaching Class 1/16/10

Uvas Canyon HDR Pictures 1/23/10

Joseph D. Grant County Park, 1/31/10

Uvas Canyon Hike, 2/13/10

Santa Teresa Park Sunset HDR Pictures 2/7/10

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail, 3/14/10

Blair Ranch Hike 3/28/10

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, April 10, 2010

Rancho San Vicente Photography, Widlflower Hike, April 17, 2010

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10

Pre-Mother's Day Hike, Santa Teresa Park, 5/2/10

Penitencia Creek Trail

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Boccardo Trail, 8/14/10

Family Fandango 8/21/10

New Almaden Day, Junp-In Parade, 9/11/10

Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10

Almaden Quicksilver Pioneer Day, Casa Grande 11/13/10

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10

Outdoor Photography Class and Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear County Park, 4/23/11

On 4/23/11, County Parks docent and volunteer photographer Ron Horii taught an outdoor photography class at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear County Park. The class began at the Mendoza Ranch Staging Area. Ron normally gives a class and slideshow presentation at Santa Teresa Park's Bernal Ranch. Ron showed pictures for the class and examples of outdoor pictures of Santa Teresa Park. See the links to Ron's Outdoor Photography webpages and classes to the left. (Picture by Chris Horii, all pictures by Chris are labeled "CH.")

Ron's son Chris took some of the pictures. In the background is the trailhead.

The class gathers to listen to Ron's photo talk. CH

Ron shows examples of different types of outdoor photos. In his talk, he discusses cameras, lighting, and composition. The mostly overcast day is not the best for landscapes, but is good for wildflowers and pictures of people. Ron mentions that the worst time for taking landscape pictures is mid-day, and the best is sunrise and sunset, but mid-day is the easiest time for amateurs, and it is when most events are scheduled. CH

Ron describes the park and gets the group ready for the hike. He talks about the trails and trail safety. The hazards on this trail are ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and steep cliffs. Wild pigs and mountain lions have been seen on the trails, even in mid-day. CH

The group begins the hike on the Mendoza Trail. CH

There are wildflowers on the hills around the trail, which invites taking pictures. CH

Near the Coyote Ridge Trail junction (in the background), there is a bright patch of yellow butter-and-eggs.

Closeup of butter-and-eggs.

The class heads up the hill. The trail arching up the hill leads the eye into the scene, ending near one of the thirds of the frame (the "rule of thirds"). CH

On the hillside is a thick patch of purple vetch, which makes a colorful foreground for taking pictures of the hill and rocks.

As the trail ascends, more of the hills and ranches surrounding the park are revealed, providing more photo opportunities.

Near the Mummy Mountain Trail junction is the start of a new trail, the Rancho la Polka Trail, which will open on National Trail Day on June 4 this year. It runs around the hill in the background, with views of the south end of the park and Gilroy.

Equestrians pass by, providing more photo ops.

At the Mummy Mountain Trail junction is a holder for a new interpretive sign and benches to take in the views of the South County.

The class assembles at the start of the Mummy Mountain Trail. Ron talks about the points of interest. CH

This is the junction of the Mendoza Trail and the Mummy Mountain Trail. One of the return routes will be along the Mendoza Trail. CH

The class begins to head up the Mummy Mountain Trail. Mummy Mountain has the profile of a mummy. The trail begins along the "legs" of the mummy and ends at its "head." See the links to the left for more pictures of the Mummy Mountain Trail.

The trail soon crosses over a wooden bridge. CH

Crossing the bridge.

Looking down the bridge. The converging lines of the bridge give a feeling of depth. CH

The trail enters a shady forest, with wildflowers. Ron talked about taking pictures in the shade and low light, keeping the camera steady to prevent motion blur, and image stabilization. CH

Shooting forest wildflowers.

The trail passes by a huge sandstone cliff, pockmarked with tiny caves.

The cliff provides many interesting photo ops. CH

Looking up at the cliff, covered with lichens, moss, and dudleya.

The trail runs by moss-covered boulders.

The trail runs through a clearing, with hillsides covered in vetch. Ron points out the view. CH

The trail runs through more trees, with glimpses of a large meadow with a picnic table.

Miniature lupines in the meadow.

Bluedicks in the meadow.

After running around the meadow, the trail begins a gradual climb up to the summit of the ridge.

Looking back at the class ascending the hill.

An Indian paintbrush on the hill.

The trail passes through another shady forest.

Bright yellow sunflowers are on the hill above the trail.

The trail reaches the ridgetop, with views to the west. CH

View from the ridgetop looking towards Gilroy.

The class heads up along the ridgetop. CH

An oak tree provides a frame for a view of the class coming up the ridgetop.

Sunflowers and vetch on the ridgetop.

A fuchsia-flowered gooseberry bush.

Heading along the eastern side of the ridgetop, with views to the east. CH

The trail passes by a serpentine outcropping. As the soil changes from clay to serpentine, the vegetation changes from non-native grasses to native plants, adapted to serpentine.

There are lots of rocks on top.

Soon views of Coyote Lake open up.

There is a picnic bench, overlooking Coyote Lake. CH

View of Coyote Lake from the picnic table.

Below are views of the Coyote Lake campground. There is a steep drop-off here. Ron warns not to get too close to the edge. CH

There is another rest area with benches and an interpretive sign.

At the high point of the trail, the view opens up to the west, looking towards Gilroy.

There are gnarled oaks on the ridgetop.

The trail descends a hand-cut stone stairway, a scenic spot for taking pictures of people.

Looking back up the stairway.

More views open up. This is looking towards Gilroy.

This is a view looking north along the hills of the park, with Morgan Hill to the left and San Jose in the distance.

Heading down the hill along the "chest" of the mummy.

Descending this steep section of trail, in the distance is the marsh area of Coyote Lake.

This is the view looking back towards the upper end of the lake, where Coyote Creek flows in as it comes out of the narrow canyon flanked by Palassou Preserve and Henry Coe State Park.

A patch of sunflowers is above the trail.

The trail emerges through trees to the mummy's "neck." These trees form a natural frame for the view.

The trail crosses the mummy's "neck," with the small round hill forming its "head" in the background.

The trail passes along the east side of the mummy's "head," with views of Coyote Lake on the right.

This is a patch of a variety of flowers, including miniature lupine, tomcat clover, ithuriel's spears, and vetch.

More wildflowers cover the hillsides in thick patches. These are Chinese houses.

This hillside is covered with woodland peas and Chinese houses, with some mule's ear sunflowers on the upper right.

The trail switches back below. In the distance is the Coyote Ridge Trail running up the hill and the new Gaviota Trail branching off to the left. The short Campground Trail in the center leads down from the Coyote Ridge Trail to the campground.

This shady section of hillside is covered with ferns and miner's lettuce.

The new Gaviota Trail, which opened the previous week, runs level along the hillside in the distance. It eventually connects to the Rancho San Ysidro Trail. It opens up a large section of the park on the west side of the ridge. Below it is an abandoned ranch road.

The trail descends and switches back.

The hillside here is covered with Chinese houses and yellow goldfields.

Among the Chinese houses, there are also mule's ear sunflowers on the hill.

Ron is taking pictures of the flowers. CH

The group pauses at the end of the Mummy Mountain Trail at its junction with the Mendoza Trail. Ron points out trail alternatives. Most of the group takes the shorter Coyote Ridge Trail back. Ron, Chris, and 3 others take the longer, steeper, but more scenic Mendoza Trail back. CH

The Mendoza Trail runs below a hillside covered with wildflowers.

Looking up the hillside, covered with Chinese houses, vetch, and sunflowers.

Looking south across a line of fiddlenecks at the Gaviota Trail. There is a small farm pond below.

View south of the hills of the park from the Mendoza Trail.

The Mendoza Trail makes a long gradual climb, then descends to the Mummy Mountain Trail junction.

Back at the Mendoza Ranch staging area at the end of the day. Total mileage: about 4.5.

Page created by Ron Horii, 4/24-28/11