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Wildflowers and Wildlife at Coyote Ridge – BionicOldGuy

Coyote Ridge Open Area Protect is a more moderen protect of the Santa Clara Valley Open Area Authority. It has some endangered species, so entry to it’s presently restricted to both docent-led hikes or particular occasions the place a restricted quantity of self-guided guests are allowed. I took benefit of a type of particular occasions final Saturday, hoping to get in some good wildflower viewing and possibly see a number of the wildlife.

I rode my electric-assist recumbent to the beginning on Malech Street in San Jose. There I encountered enthusiastic and pleasant volunteers who helped me get on my approach after I parked the bike and switched to climbing mode. The is usually basic grasslands widespread in California foothills. They’re beginning to flip, however we received quantity of rain final evening so I’m hoping they’ll keep inexperienced some time longer. It’s a good stout uphill to Coyote ridge, after which the path follows the ridge and is rolling. I noticed fairly just a few stunning poppies, lupine, and popcorn flowers. After a few miles, I bumped into a few fellow ex-Ibm’ers. I used to be solely there for 3 years, 1984-87, however Larry and Howard had been there fairly a bit longer, working in software program in Endicott, NY, and later at IBM on Bailey highway in San Jose. I continued together with them and loved some story-swapping about our days with Large Blue. I used to be glad I did as a result of they talked me into doing an out and again to a spectacular lookout level, which for me was the excessive level. We didn’t get as fortunate about wildlife, no Tule Elk or hawks in view, however did see some butterflies, and likewise a raven. These are bigger cousins to crows however extra skillful fliers.

I had my little digital digital camera, however Larry is a proficient photographer with a a lot greater high quality digital camera, and he was form sufficient to present me permission to make use of his (that are annotated under ©Larry England).

This ended up being a 3+ hour hike for me, and along with the bike journey there and again added as much as a four-hour exercise, so I slept effectively that evening.

At The Entrance. I parked my little recumbent subsequent to the Porta-potty. Loma Prieta and Mt. Umumhum are in view to the West
A part of the massive climb as much as Coyote Ridge
Morgan Hill’s El Toro appears to be like like a molehill from up right here
One of many Many Useful Interpretive Indicators
Mt. Hamilton to the Northeast, with just a few lupines within the discipline within the foreground
Loma Prieta to the West, with poppies among the many rocks within the foreground

I took extra wildflower images however they don’t do the surroundings justice. So I’m going to point out a few of Larry’s.

©Larry England, 3/26/22
©Larry England, 3/26/22
Poppies and popcorn flowers ©Larry England, 3/26/22
Howard, left, one of many volunteers, proper, and I, on the lookout level (©Larry England, 3/26/22)
Attractive Valley off to the East. The Open-space Authority has acquired loads of this land, a few of which was a former testing facility for rocket engines. I can’t wait to test it out after they open it up (©Larry England, 3/26/22)
View to the Northeast of the Diablo vary. Mt. Hamilton with the white dots of Lick Observatory, to proper of heart (©Larry England, 3/26/22)
Butterfly sighting! Bay checkerspot butterfly (©Larry England, 3/26/22)
Vista with poppies among the many rocks (©Larry England, 3/26/22)

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