Table Mountain - March 2021

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In March Bonnie & Jean & I went to Table Mountain to see the annual spring wildflower display.

In places, poppy-fields seem to be flowing downhill, like water. Another enjoyable element was the sweet aroma of ubiquitous Lupine. 

note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again. 

big Oak near the parking lot start of an   immense flower display   on the main trail
  Bonnie & Jean on Hollow creek the algae news algae implies nutrients upstream, like cow-pies  
poppies on the trail to Ravine Falls

tree split in half  
         
steep hike out on a blue sky day heading to Phantom Falls  almost there.. giant Oaks
  Phantom Falls & Cave minor rainbow effect near the bottom area to the left of the falls  
people in the poppies lunch view on the walk back lava & poppies
  you just can't go wrong here w/a camera      
Owl's Clover, see note 1 photographing yellow bees   walkers, see note 2

note 1: We saw Owl's Clover just emerging, but only in a few spots, on the walk back.  (see postscript)

note 2: The landscape beyond these hikers shows the hazy Sutter Buttes, and, a water feature called Thermalito Afterbay, part of Oroville Dam's complex down-stream distribution system. Two major irrigation channels that serve a huge farming area, originate here. 

We were out walking & taking pictures for about four hours, traveling perhaps 3 or 4 horizontal miles. Its a little hard to tell, given this ancient lava rolling hills terrain. 

It was a scenic drive there & back, passing through miles of flowering fruit & nut orchards between Marysville & Oroville. My hiking days go back 15 years with Jean and 10 or more with Bonnie, and in these indoor seclusion days, it is good to have friends like this.    

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Postscript - Last time I was here in mid-April 2019 the Owl's Clover clover were fully developed, as shown in the last photo.

aromatic Lupine     a little girl, crying 

note - I had just knelt down to get photos of owl's clover when I heard a girl whimpering, nearby. She had been playing with a small group of kids who were part of a larger picnic group, just below. They moved on uphill and she was left behind, holding her knee, in real pain, possibly encountering local lava. 

Her Mom soon came up the hill and found her. On the way back downhill there was a lecture - 'this is what happens when you go out of my sight' - but Mom was holding her hand, and the girl looked comforted. She was also walking normally, a good sign.   

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