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Hiking the upper Canal trail, Wed 9/5

Time to get off our duffs and on our feet! Besides, it was a very pretty morning and we were ready to roll. The "upper" part of the trail is five miles round trip, which made for a nice long brisk walk. Longer if you get off the main trail to see where a distracting dirt road leads (sigh...). This is a popular trail that offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal through a forest with many Douglas firs and dogwoods. At 3200' elevation, it is a bit higher and cooler than many local trails. Today we only saw one bicyclist, one runner pushing a two-baby stroller, several single runners, and a few walkers with dogs. The "tiny tin horn" call of the red-breasted nuthatch echoed thru the trees along the path, a delightful sound, as opposed to the raucous racket of Steller jays.

Not many flowers left after a hot, dry summer, but next to the flowing water I found a few sweet peas and a handful of dusty blackberries,

and a Western columbine hanging over the water. Baby blue Chicory bloomed in the sunny areas. I did not photoshop the color on the chicory picture.


Look Out Below!!

I didn't know this was possible, but a flock of jays in a Sugar pine tree somehow sheared off two large green cones dripping with sap, which literally crashed to the ground at our feet. We saw no squirrel in the branches high above, tho maybe it was the culprit. All we saw were noisy jays.

The cones from this huge Sugar pine tree came from waaay up there, up out of the picture. Looks like Jimmy's holding a trout. No such luck. Dang thing would've hurt if it clobbered yer head!

In and out of shade and sun. Never mind pine cones, this is a wonderful place to get Out and About!

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A sunflower seed was given to me when we first moved to Nevada City. I stuck the seed in a half barrel with an All American red rose that's on the back deck. The seed struggled, but it wanted to see the sun. Here tis! Anna's hummingbirds like it.

2 comments:

  1. "The "tiny tin horn" call of the red-breasted nuthatch echoed thru the trees along the path, a delightful sound, as opposed to the raucous racket of Steller jays."

    My oh my, you wax poetic! But, you know what? It made me feel like I was right there with you walking in those woods! :)

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  2. Sure wish we'd had time to get to the upper portion of the trail, but we'll do it next time! Giant pine cones: WOW! Might think about wearing a hard hat on your hikes....

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