Table Mountain walk April 2019
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On a Thursday in mid-April, six of us enjoyed walking walk at Table Mountain, near Oroville. The annual wildflower show here is a well-known phenomenon in this part of northern California, well worth a visit. It's better to come mid-week, as the fairly small parking lot gets mobbed on spring weekends.
Wikipedia states that volcanic soils on Table Mountain go back nearly 40 million years, and, that there are 17 walking-accessible waterfalls here plus five caves, all carved out by the falls.
We walked about four miles, covering only a small amount of the available acreage.
note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again.
|see note one||the walkers||lupine & gold fields||same flowers|
|mostly lupine||mostly bird's eye gillia||blue dicks|
|owl's clover, a little out of focus||a little girl, crying, see note 2|
|flowery terrain||the walkers||Ravine falls, at 76 ft. of height||the ravine|
|Rich, Linda, and Robin||more giant Oaks||approaching Phantom Falls||most of us|
note 1 - Linda B. lending a hand just as a girl's boot became stuck in some deep mud, not far from the parking area.
note 2 - I could barely hear the girl cry; it was more like a whimper. I assumed she had accidentally banged her knee against a rock, or the rugged lava, while playing with other kids.....there were some other kids around but they ran off uphill. She was no doubt part of a larger group having a picnic just below this amazing field of flowers.
Her Mom came looking for her and then gave her daughter a lecture about 'never being out of my view'. The girl held her Moms hand & stopped crying and her walk looked normal, a good sign.
Phantom Falls is a 164 ft. drop, one of three adjacent falls which spill into rugged Coal Canyon. People in the old days thought the rock 'looked like coal', but it's really basalt. Table Mountain is a 'basaltic plateau'.
|Coal Canyon, with a rugged walk||canyon penstemon||on the walk back||looking SW to Sutter Buttes, see note|
|Linda and Robin||wildflower mix|
|one & only cow photo this time|
note - the Sutter Buttes are Earth's smallest mountain range.
The wildflower explosion at Table Mountain, typically occurring between mid-March and mid-April, is spectacular, although today's overcast light turned the color knob way down. I made a few Photoshop corrections later to enhance color.
Once I cropped out the 'white-out' sky, I was left with a collection of wide-angle looking images. I think there's something impressive conveyed when landscapes are presented in wide-angle format, possibly because it conforms to our own vision, giving more realism than the standard 35 mm format.
It was a good day out.
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