California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley

MPROSD: Wildflower Hotspots

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008

Almaden Wildflowers

Quicksilver Wildflowers

Bay Area Hiker: Wildflowers

Henry Coe Park Wildflowers

Light of Morn: Nature Walks and Photography

Santa Teresa Park Pictures

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, 4/11/08

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

Santa Teresa Park Sunset HDR Pictures 2/7/10

Pre-Mother's Day Hike, Santa Teresa Park, 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

Other Park Pictures

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/10/07

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

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

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/20-21/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Harvey Bear Ranch 4/18/09

Savannah Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/18/09

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

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

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, Wildflower Hike, April 17, 2010

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10

Penitencia Creek Trail

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

Geocaching Class, Mummy Mountain Trail 5/15/10

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

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

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

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

Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul OSP 5/14, 5/2111

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

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11

Pioneer Day, Outdoor Museum, Almaden Quicksilver 10/8/11

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Dedication 10/11/11

Willow Springs, Savannah, Rancho San Ysidro Trails, 12/22/11

New Almaden, Buena Vista, Capehorn Pass, Hacienda Trails 1/27/12

Roop Pond and Rancho La Polka Trails 2/20/12

Photo Classes and Photo Galleries

Outdoor Photography

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

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/23/11

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/7/12

Wildflower Hike, Santa Teresa County Park, 4/22/12

On April 22, 2012, there was a ranger-led hike at Santa Teresa County Park, led by Aniko Millan and Carolyn Tucker, accompanied by docent Ron Horii. The hike started at the Pueblo Area at 10:00 am and followed the Mine Trail to the Stile Ranch Trail and returned on the Fortini Trail. It was a clear, sunny day. Temperatures were in the high 70's, with cool breezes in places.

Just past the Rocky Ridge Trail junction, a family joins the hike.

Across the creek, poppies cover the hillside above the Rocky Ridge Trail.

Along the Mine Trail are California poppies and California gilia.

Spring gold (lomatium) among California gilia and poppies.

Sr. Ranger Aniko Millan points out the plants along the Mine Trail.

Poppies and popcornflowers on the hill above the Mine Trail.

A flock of wild turkeys is on the other side of the creek below the Rocky Ridge Trail.

More poppies at the junction of the Mine Trail and Fortini Trail.

View from the Mine Trail, looking down towards the junction with the Fortini Trail. Big Oak Valley, Coyote Peak, and the Rocky Ridge Trail are in the background.

The Mine Trail reaches the summit of the hill. Scorpionweed (phacelia) and poppies line the trail. The Stile Ranch Trail junction is in the distance.

In a shady spot near the start of the Stile Ranch Trail is wood mint, or hedge nettle.

Pink flowers on the hillside above the Stile Ranch Trail are serrated onions and owl's clover.

Creamsac (left) and owl's clover (right).

Carolyn Tucker (left) and Aniko Millan (right) stand next to a lichen-covered boulder on the Stile Ranch Trail, with Coyote Peak in the background.

Closeup of endangered Santa Clara Valley dudleya growing in rocks at the east summit of the Stile Ranch Trail.

Ron Horii rests on a large boulder on the east summit of the Stile Ranch Trail.

Poppies growing on a boulder on the east summit of the Stile Ranch Trail. In the distance are switchbacks leading up to the west summit of the trail.

Most beautiful jewelflowers.

Taking pictures of the poppies and jewelflowers.

At the top of the switchbacks leading down the west-facing hillside, covered with poppies. The terrain here is dry, rocky serpentine. The east-facing switchbacks on the other side of the valley run through softer clay soil at the lower part of the hill.

On the east-facing switchbacks are more grass and California buttercups.

A lone shooting star is growing among the buttercups.

Near the top of the switchbacks are patches are yellow goldfields. Parts of the hillside have been dug up by wild pigs.

Small-flowered linanthus on the hillside just below the west summit of the trail.

The trail descends into the Almaden Valley. In the background is Fortini Road, leading to McKean Road. The hill left of center is the high point of Rancho San Vicente, a recent addition to Calero County Park.

A patch of goldfields is on the hill overlooking the South Almaden Valley, looking down San Vicente Avenue. In the background is Calero Dam and the hills of Calero County Park.

Santa Clara Valley dudleya grow out of cracks in this lichen-covered boulder. The dudleya are succulents, members of the stonecrop family. They have long roots which reach deep into cracks in rocks to take in water. They only survive in the hills of the Southern Santa Clara Valley. They are endangered as their habitat has been destroyed by development, but they are protected in parks and open spaces.

Poppies and jewelflower on the rocks by the trail.

This old rock wall crosses the trail and descends the hill. In the background is Fortini Road. Plans call for creating an entrance and staging area for Rancho San Vicente across McKean Road from Fortini Road.

More poppies on the hill just before the west switchbacks.

Poppies line the narrow, rocky trail. In the background are the hills of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

More poppies line the trail near the lower part of the switchbacks. In the background is the junction of the Stile Ranch and Fortini Trails and the trailhead on San Vicente Avenue.

Poppies and purple chia grow along the switchbacks.

There is a thick stand of poppies near one of the lower corners of the switchbacks.

Along a seep is a stand of rare Mt. Hamilton thistles, which is a native plant, unlike the many invasive thistles in the park.

More poppies are along the base of the hill at the bottom of the trail near the parking area on San Vicente Avenue.

Equestrians ride down the Fortini Trail, next to San Vicente Avenue.

These tidytips and popcornflowers are on the hillside above the Fortini Trail.

There are more poppies and sage along the Fortini Trail, as it approaches the Club 14-E area.

This big manzanita and bee plants are above the Fortini Trail.

Along the Fortini Trail just before the creek crossing.

Lots of dudleya grow on this rocky outcropping near the junction of the Fortini Trail and Mine Trail.

On the last stretch of the Mine Trail before the Rocky Ridge Trail junction. The Rocky Ridge Trail is on the right on the other side of the creek. We got back to the Pueblo Area a little past 1:00.

Page created by Ron Horii, 4/24/12