Death Valley Road Trip Part 5

    Most of the second full day at Death Valley! 

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    Weather was nice today! Summer is waning and so I guess outdoor photography season can begin. Here are a few dragonflies enjoying an overcast and hazy day. #Fujifilm

    An in-flight green dragon fly against a blue sky.A long view to the Northern California Coast range. It's a hazy and overcast day. Oaks and rolling golden hills are in front of some rugged mountains.Within a muddy area with green algae, a stick juts out and a red striped dragonfly rests at the stick's end. The insect has red patches at the ends of its transparent wings.

    Woodpecker granaries are really neat. This one was right on a trail at Pinnacles NP. We did see an acorn woodpecker nearby though the photo isn’t great.

    A dead pine tree pecked full of holes meant for woodpeckers to store acorns.A close up of actual acorns in the holes of the granary.

    Gorgeous day today in Northern California. This is from the same place where we saw the Northern Flickers (and Nutall’s and Acorn Woodpeckers).

    blue skie with subs cliffs above golden grasses, a dead oak stump, and trees plus buttes on the horizon.

    Here’s me on the Snyder Creek trail gazing at the talus field, but still wanting to be out of there (rockfall is the reason for this talus). This is pretty near the end of the trail where there’s a camping area and a paternoster(?) lake, Snyder Lake.Stacey 2022 09 23 11 58 26

    California Corn Lilies contrast with a burned Forest. There’s possibly shallow groundwater below this patch.

    Green corn lilies amidst dark brown and black burned trees and soil broad green leaves of corn lily with a few red ladybugs

    A Shooting Star (Primula) flower in the August Complex burn area about 1/4 mile north below the summit of Black Butte.

    A purple, yellow and black shooting star

    Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) from near the summit of Black Butte in California’s northern Coast Range. Rocks always make a photo great, but I am biased.

    Finally had a chance to visit the summit of Black Butte on the Mendocino NF. About time. A geologist’s wonderland: several identifiable glacial landforms (been deglaciated for an undetermined time AFAIK), metabasalt, gneiss, and 360° views.

    one view from the summit of Black Buttebenchmark monument

    Nothing but pleasant emotions with a view like this. I wish this were my backyard but so glad I had the presence of mind to take this photo. Hidden Lakes area, Lassen National Forest.

    Daytripping in mid-October can result in this view of Mount Lassen from Brokeoff Mountain. 2019.

    Fissures bisect land in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness. The massive landslide is moving to the left. Late 2019.

    Shooting Star or Primula hendersonii (maybe) at Hidden Lakes, Lassen National Forest last Friday 6/12.

    Hidden Lakes, Lassen National Forest

    We went on a hike to the Hidden Lakes in the Caribou Wilderness on the Lassen National Forest. It started at the Hay Meadows Trail Head, north of Lake Almanor, California. It was six miles of relatively flat hiking with periodic steep inclines. The trails were not at all crowded, though we brought masks just in case.

    We saw a male Western Tanager (bird). I cropped to zoom:

    Western Tanager on a snag

    A closer view, using Pixelmator Pro’s ML Super Resolution with crop:

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    And plenty of lakes — here’s Long Lake:

    Long Lake

    And plenty of Basalt of Hidden Lakes:

    Basalt of Hidden Lakes

    The Shooting Star flowers were brilliant:

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    Armillaria mellea. Honey mushroom 🥾

    Looking toward Saint John Mountain from near Fouts Springs, CA. Chaparral plants.

    Visited some tree frogs in the forest today. Pseudacris sierra.

    A very good lake. 🥾

    Yesterday: Mount Shasta from near Mount Linn. 🥾

    Trees & rocks. 🥾

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