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18 April 2009 @ 06:30 pm
Spring and hiking  
I went on my first real hike in a really, really long time. I better put in more of these before a longer trip, now that summer is lurking just around the horseshoe bend. It wasn't a long hike, but with an altitude gain of about 900 feet, it showed that I had slacked away from real hikes for a while. But I did reach the summit of the Flag Hill in the Ohlone Regional Park (in the East SF bay hills) and after that it was all downhill! Spring flower bloom, verdant hills, a gentle breeze and just the right temperature made it a rather pleasant outing. And it all took just a few hours of the morning which is a good thing because as soon as I got a cell phone signal I noticed a voice mail from office...

Anyway, here are the pictures for the day:

California Poppy in the California Sun!

Lupins everywhere...

Lupins on the top of the mountain... and the road 900 feet below where the hike started

Lupins and Poppies

Lupin in the sun

A White-breasted Nuthatch peeping out of hole (they should be getting ready to nest perhaps?)

A Rock Wren singing - America's got Talent!

Mr. Slowsky?

Nope. Turns out they are Western Pond Turtles!

Mel: Beakykendokamel on April 19th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
I love that first turtle photo! He looks as if he is about to perform some complicated dive. :D
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
A foot or two closer to him and he would have performed a complicated dive... :-)
(no subject) - g13n on April 23rd, 2009 06:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
dr_koolaimzzdakini_bones on April 19th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Lovely day today!
And I like that first turtle too! She's smiling!
Jayseakaredpirk on April 19th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
those are really nice! i really like the one with the lupins on the mountain and the background is all blurry
Yathinyathin on April 20th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
thanks. i should have taken more pictures of the fabulous views from the top of that mountain - i realized it a little too late! :-)
talekotaleko on April 19th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
what beauty!!
Yathinyathin on April 20th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
thank you!
kejnkejn on April 19th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
you can practically taste the life force of those flowers through your pictures...

and yes, what a cute turtle! :)
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Those carpets of flowers on the grassy hills looked way better in real life... :-)
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on April 19th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
The lupins look stunning!

Turtles: Yummy! :D (Ok, don't kill me)
Yathinyathin on April 20th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
> Turtles: Yummy! :D

I think there's about a year's worth of food in that pond for you! ;)
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on April 19th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
1st turtle pic is fantastic!!!!
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on April 19th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
It seems like a long time since you've been posting wonderful photos, I'm glad you're back in action. And you really MUST arrange a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park during the wildflower season (June/July) as well as for the birds.
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm hoping I get some time this summer for a trip... :-)
Anush Shettyanushsh on April 19th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Lovely dude. Awesome pics.
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was an awesome day in an awesome place... :-)
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on April 19th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
same as others. First turtle pic is beautiful.
Shivakumar: Bird on the Bazookashivakumar_l on April 19th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
1, 3, 5, 8 are just awesome mate.
Lovely ones.
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Jessicajojobear99 on April 19th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
falkorskidfalkorskid on April 19th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank You for sharing your gift with us.
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Right time and right place mostly... :-)
Alikialiki on April 19th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I love your photos!
Yathinyathin on April 19th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
thanks! :-)
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on April 20th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Loved the sun shots, have been trying such shots since I got my CPL and wide angle :)