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Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Trails Hike, Fortini, Mine, Stile Ranch Trails, 5/9/09

Santa Teresa Sunset Pictures 2/7/10

Norred Trail Workday, 3/13/10

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/2/10

Family Fandango 8/21/10

Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10

Family Fandango, 8/13/11

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday 11/5/11

Stile Ranch Trail Sunset 1/29/11

Santa Teresa Park Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows Pueblo Area, Ridge Trail, January 30, 2011

Facebook Album: Santa Teresa Park, 11/20/11

Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/2/11

Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/3/11 (Chris Horii)

Facebook Album: Bernal Hill Hike, 1/8/12

Facebook Album: Pueblo Area Sunset, 4/11/12

Wildflower hike, Mine, Stile Ranch, Fortini Trails, 4/22/12

Bernal Ranch East Barn Restoration, 7/8/12

Waterfall, Rainbow, and Clouds, 12/26/12

Coyote Peak Pictures, 12/27/12

Lichen Hike, Stile, Mine, Fortini Trails, 2/16/13

Hidden Springs to Rocky Ridge Hike, 2/17/13

Pictures of Other Parks

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Pictures, 3/10/07, 3/21-21/09, 4/18/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Palassou Ridge 6/6/09

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

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

Mummy Mountain Trail Day and Hike, Coyote Lake, 4/24/10

Geocaching Class, Coyote Lake, 5/15/10

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

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

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

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

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Facebook Album: Coyote Ridge, April 17, 2011

Outdoor photography hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11

Rancho San Vicente hikes, 4/3/11 and 5/15/11

Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, 5/14/11 and 5/21/11

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11

Facebook Album: Mt. Umunhum, September 24, 2011

Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver, Dedication of the Outdoor Museum, 10/8/11

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Trail Dedication, 10/11/11

Facebook Album: Vasona Fall Colors November 24, 2011

Facebook Album: Rosendin Park (Anderson Lake County Park), November 25, 2011

Facebook Album: Hiking the Heron and Dutch Flat Trails at Joseph D. Grant County Park 12/21/11

Harvey Bear Ranch Hike on the Savannah Trail, 12/22/11 Facebook Album: New Almaden and Randol Trails, 12/28/11

Facebook Album: Los Gatos Creek Trail, Campbell to Los Gatos, 1/14/12

HIke on the New Almaden, Buena Vista, Randol, Capehorn Pass, and Hacienda Trails, Almaden Quicksilver, 1/27/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Hellyer to Silicon Valley Blvd. 1/28/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 1

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 2

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, south 2/17/12

Rancho La Polka Trail, Harvey Bear Ranch/Coyote Lake County Park 2/20/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Silver Creek Valley Road to Silicon Valley Blvd, 3/10/12

Ron Horii's Photo Class and Hike on the Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake County Park, 4/7/12

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/23/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Bailey Ave. to Malaguerra, 7/8/12

Villa Montalvo Trails, Villa and Gardens

Stevens Creek Healthy Trails Hike 8/4/12

New Almaden Day, Jump-In Parade, 9/8/12

Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver 10/13/12, Incline Railroad Sign Dedication

Rancho San Vicente Hike 10/14/12

Ed Willson Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, 11/10/12

Los Alamitos-Calero Creek Trail, 12/24/12

Calaveras Trail Wildflowers, Coyote Lake, 4/9/13

Ed Willson Trail, Coyote Lake,  4/9/13

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/22/13

High-Dynamic Range Photography

HDR Experiments -1

HDR Experiments -2

HDR Hellyer Sunset

HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

Grant Ranch, 1/31/10

Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Pueblo Area, 2/7/10

Almaden Quicksilver, 2/27/10

Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Norred Trail 5/21-27/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Sunset Pictures, Stile Ranch Trail, 1/29/11

Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows, Santa Teresa, 1/30/11

Black and White Conversion, Santa Teresa Park

Outdoor Photography

Ron Horii's Outdoor Photography Pages

Outdoor Photo Gallery

Photo Class, Wildflower Walk, Santa Teresa Park, 4/4/09

Rancho San Vicente Photo Class Hike 4/17/10

Outdoor Photography Class, Bernal Ranch, 10/2/10

Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11

Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/7/12

Outdoor Photography Class/Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 5/4/13

  Meteor Shower Campout, 8/10/13
Santa Teresa County Park

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, for the first time ever, there was a public campout in the Pueblo Area of Santa Teresa County Park. The intent was to camp out under the stars and see the Perseid meteor shower. The event was by reservation only. There were 30 reservations, which were all full, and there was a waiting list.

This was the Pueblo Area of Santa Teresa Park before sunset. While some people were hiking or relaxing in the park, in the last parking lot, something very unusual was going on.

Cars gathered in the corral parking lot in the Pueblo Area of Santa Teresa Park.

Campers setup tents in the corral area, which was mowed recently.

There was lots of room in the corral area for tents.

Rangers checked in the campers.

More campers setup their tents.

These portable campfire pits were setup in the middle of parking lot, far away from flammable dry brush.

These hikers were headed down the Mine Trail below the Pueblo Area just before sunset.

A group of astronomers brought their telescopes and allowed the campers to see the moon, planets, and stars.

This astronomer sighted in on the crescent moon, which was out early, giving something to look at before dark.

The astronomers brought a wide variety of equipment.

This was a powerful pair of binoculars mounted on a tripod.

One of the astronomers (in the green shirt) gave a talk on the solar system, with help from the young campers, mostly Boy Scouts.

They drew the orbit of the planets, after measuring their relative distance from the sun.

The kids simulated the movement of the planets.

Here the kids simulated cometary dust and water vapor being blown by solar winds.

The kids traced the path of a comet.

The crescent moon and the planet Venus shone down on the campers as they learned about the phases of the moon.

After dark, the campfires were lit.

Ranger Kristy Barton passed out marshmallows and graham crackers to make s'mores.

Marshmallow roasting on the campfire.

Hot chocolate.

The night began with clear skies. The constellations and the Milky Way could easily be seen.

The group gathered for a night hike to Coyote Peak. Kristy Barton helped to lead the hike.

Ranger Mike Hampton also led the hike, which followed the park road to the Hidden Springs Trail and up to the Coyote Peak Trail.

Partway up the Coyote Peak Trail, the group paused to check out the view, with the lights of the Bay Area down below.

Same spot, but with a flash.

This was the view from Coyote Peak. The clouds began to move in and obscured the view of the sky, but reflected the city lights below. We did see some meteors before the clouds covered the sky.

The group rested at the summit of Coyote Peak and took in the view. Fortunately, there were benches. It was windy on top, which is typical for Coyote Peak.

Another shot from Coyote Peak: This was a 5-second time exposure, with the foreground light-painted by a flashlight.

Rangers Mike Hampton and Kristy Barton on top of Coyote Peak.

Campout in Santa Teresa Park, 5/4/02

While the campout on 8/10/13 was the first public campout in the Pueblo Area, it was not the first campout. As far as I know, the last time there was a campout in Santa Teresa Park was on May 4, 2002. It was somewhat of an accident. The Boy Scouts had planned a large "camporee" gathering at Joseph D. Grant County Park, which has a large and well-established campground, but at the last minute, it was unavailable, so they were switched to Santa Teresa Park. There was a huge campout in the Pueblo Area, far dwarfing this year's, but only for Boy Scouts. They had a great time, and it was easy to get to. They thought it was an excellent place to camp. The one shortcoming was that they had to walk to the restrooms to get water. Now there are lots of water fountains all over the Pueblo Area. Here are some pictures from that campout. It shows what Santa Teresa is capable of in terms of handling campouts. Despite the large number of campers, there was still plenty of room.

Page created by Ron Horii, 8/15/13