Monday, August 4, 2014

Place: Walks in mission trails regional park, across seasons........

FALL:
On a afternoon, we decided to hit the trails of Mission trails regional park...
Here, I am in front of the visitor center, posing with a mountain lion sculpture...

The preserve populated with sycamore and cottonwood looked colorful..

The chaparral has come alive with various shades of foliage..

Hubby scans the canyons and foothills with hope of spotting wildlife...

During the rambling, came across this b'ful birdhouse...

Some rest after the hours of walk...the rough terrain and dry vegetation feels like the arid Anza-Borrego desert... 

The hills with exposed, granite boulders, where enthusiasts practice rock climbing...

SUMMER:
In the afternoon, we went for a ride along Mission trails regional park....
It looked much greener and fresher this time...
Taking stroll along the fenced-path under the lush canopy of cottonwood gave a bucolic feeling...

The sun was about to set and the trees were aglow in its radiance....

Look at this picture...the meadow appeared nostalgic, sepia-colored...

I saw plenty of mistletoe hung from various trees...they infuse me with joy, may be because they are associated with holidays...

And the ripe rose hips appeared like clusters of  rubies...

Enjoyed the walk and came back refreshed.....

TWNITER:
To make good use of the Christmas holiday afternoon, we headed for a hike to Mission trails regional park.....the old mission dam to be precise...
My spouse with one of  the El Camino Real Bells.....

As expected, the mistletoes were laden with zillion berries...keeping with the tradition, people must be stealing kisses under its bouquet today...we were happy to take a stroll under it :)..

We crossed the foot bridge on our way to the vantage point...

It was pure joy to see the stream alive, most of the time its only pebbles ...

Though the foliage was mostly muted, the rust of sycamore, golden of cottonwood and green of scrub oak was creating a appealing juxtaposition...

True to the prediction, the encelias were blooming revived by the the recent showers....

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