Coyote Lake Spring

May 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm (California, California wildflowers, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) (, )

Coyote Lake at sunset

I had an assignment in the Bay Area and on the way home I wanted to explore Henry W. Coe State Park. Unfortunately the annual backcountry weekend was limited to only a few hundred permit holders, and I didn’t realize a permit was needed even just to drive through, so I looked for somewhere else to play.

I passed by an artichoke field in San Martin. I love artichokes! (With butter, not mayo)

I found the lovely Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, and I got the last campsite! I was surprised to see feral hogs right in the campground. These were actually in a streambed.

A yellow-billed magpie gathered craneflies for her young ‘uns.

Red-winged blackbird displays for his lady
Black-tail does

I found some wildflowers I hadn’t seen before, as well as some cool ones I was familiar with, such as this miner’s lettuce.

Hedge nettle

Fairy lanterns, also known as globe lilies ( Calochortus albus ) were numerous and fascinating.

I had to pry one open to see inside! Yellowish lupines were also common.

I took most of these photos on the road that led to the Gilroy Hot Springs, which apparently is out of commission. There was very little traffic and a joy to explore in the early evening and the next morning.

Even the little flowers of the non-native vetch added welcome color.

The small blooms of this non-native flower were also photo-worthy.

I saw two male common mergansers hanging out with a female, but before I could get a better photo a cluster of cyclists came shouting up the road, scaring them off. Then yelled at me for parking in “the middle of the road” when I was actually safely on MY side, and nobody was behind me because it was a dead end road. I was steamed! Took me awhile to get back my good vibe.

Just walking on the road brought up little treasures that I hadn’t noticed while driving, even slowly.

I’m not sure what type of rock this was, but the patterns were amazing. And the Santa Clara dudleya loved it.

Blow Wives
Bottlebrush (non-native) and Coyote Lake

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  1. mary said,

    I am so happy to have run across your blog! I love your photos and how your blog posts are relative to my area and current flora and fauna. It’s something that has become a more prevalent interest in my life. You are so lucky to have the job you do!! Happy naturing!

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      Hi Mary – thank you for your comments. You have some lovely bird and flower images as well, and you are better at the flower names by far than I am!

      • Ramona Pioneer Girl said,

        Aww, thank you so much. I spend a lot of time trying to find example photos on websites by people who’ve already identified them. That’s how I learn the names. I like to know so I can look for them when I go out 😀

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