Monday, March 9, 2009

Wildflowers and a door that goes nowhere

I was so inspired by the gorgeous photos of flowers over at
Attic24 that I went out for a walk yesterday, digital camera in hand, to get some wildflower shots. It was the first weekend in almost a month without rain. I love rain, but was so ready for sunshine.

My first stop was at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, a tiny little piece of heaven with 200-year-old oak trees and colonies of Acorn Woodpeckers.

The people are friendly at that park. I'm still getting over a cold, so I was coughing a bit. A man strolling by me asked, "Do you know what one casket said to the other casket?" When I said I didn't know, he replied, "Is that you coffin?"

I tried to get a shot of an Acorn Woodpecker, but couldn't zoom in close enough. The funny thing is, DJ Pettitt posted this close-up of one on her blog yesterday. She mentioned that she used a Canon Power Shot 20X, which explains why she was able to get in close and I wasn't-- mine is an 8x.

This is my bench. I like to sit here on weekend mornings, with a bagel and a bottle of Starbucks Frappuccino, and watch the birds. One day, a bobcat walked right past me. I saw him coming out of the corner of my eye, and my heart skipped a beat because he was so big I thought he was a mountain lion. But before I could go in to full-on panic mode, I noticed his bobbed tail. Phew. I sat perfectly still, avoiding eye contact, and he moved right on by, not at all interested in me or my bagel or the Frappuccino.

A little later yesterday afternoon I headed over to Almaden Quicksilver Park. I used to hike there so often that I felt like I owned the place. Then I got rather, um, out-of-shape and had to relinquish ownership.

The park is filled with wildlife, like coyotes, wild turkeys, owls, quail, deer, bobcats, kites, wild pigs, and these guys:

But I didn't see any of those guys on my walk. Just a whole bunch of these little cuties:

And a magical doorway that seemingly goes nowhere ...

See you tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

The cherry blossoms are beautiful--are you ready for another Los Banos trip? --Felty

Wendy said...

We have mountain lions in the game reserve here in the NE - scary because, well, we all know cats. I can see how this walk blessed your day. Thanks!

The Magic Onions said...

What a gorgeous place... such beauty. I'm in love with that 200 year-old oak! I covet the acorn caps it must produce! Your photos are all stunning, thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic.