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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wilder Ranch SP

Believe it or not, I have lived in Santa Cruz for nearly 15 years and have never been to Wilder Ranch State Park.  This is especially surprising given my hobby of nature walks and bird photography.  I of course was blown away by the birds here, since a large coastal restoration project in the area has left entire beaches just for wildlife.
I hiked about 4 or so miles in on the Old Cove Landing Trail.

Wilder Ranch SP
Looking North along the coast
Wilder Ranch SP
A Northern Harrier

Wilder Ranch SP
Pigeon Guillemot nesting in the cliff

Wilder Ranch SP
Gulls shoot by the trail, coasting rising on air currents in the cove

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fruit is Heavy on the Vine

Last week I walked through UCSC, something I enjoy occasionally too see both familiar landmarks and new developments, as well as birds of course.  Photos from the Alan Chadwick Garden.
half a yellow sun
Golden flower in the cutting garden
Green Pears
I've never seen pears growing like this before.  I love the mood of this picture.
fawn
Obligatory adorable baby deer
snapdragons
Pristine snapdragons about to burst into color

Surprise Visit

Last month Jason's sister surprised us by stopping by with two of our nieces and a nephew.  It was great to see them... everyone has grown up so much!
Jason, Frances, and me!  What a dorky smile!
Michael, Jason, Frances, Sophia, and Megan on the floor looking sassy.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

July Arboretum

Some shots from the UCSC Arboretum in July.

ucsc arboretum, originally uploaded by sgrace.

ucsc arboretum
ucsc arboretum
ucsc arboretum

Apple Lane Inn

A few weeks ago I checked out this empty old Victorian.  It's on sale for about $1.5, and for rent for $8000 a month.  Apparently it used to be an active bed and breakfast.
Apple Love Farm
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn
Apple Lane Inn