Aesculus californica (California buckeye). They were just beginning to leaf out by Deer Park School, which is down in a cool valley. Higher up on sunnier slopes, the buckeye leaves were farther along.
A view from the top of the trail leading from Deer Park onto the Bald Hill ridge. Many flowers and other interesting plants today on the way up and on the ridge: I think spring is arriving.
How many ferns are in the shadows? I see maidenhair, California polypody, gold back, and coffee ferns (plus leaves of buckeyes and bays).
Cynoglossum grande (Pacific hound's tongue). Many of the plants in this area have pink flowers instead of the usual rich blue. (There are blue ones too.)
Cardamine californica (milk maids). I've been seeing these on the trails since January, but they were all over the place here today.
Micranthes californica (Greene's saxifrage) and Primula hendersonii (mosquito bills).
A moss in bloom.
Heading down Bald Hill, with the sweep of the East Bay in the background.
Iris douglassii (Douglas iris). Just a few very small ones were beginning to poke their noses up.
Phoenix Lake below (with a water treatment plant roof below.)
Lunch at Phoenix Lake. Quite a divesity of trees here. The big redwoods of course, but also madrones, bays, just-leafing-out black oaks, and maybe a few live oaks.
Trillium ovatum (Pacific trillium). Just above Phoenix Lake, near the little bridge over the inlet stream. I didn't know there were Trillums here. (A few milk maids too.)
(Indian warrior) on the road from Phoenix Lake up to Five Points.