Sunday, January 25, 2015

Solstice Canyon, Malibu

AA stayed with the boys at the picnic area at the bottom of the hill. While they were there apparently a friendly family showed J1 how to find salamanders in the creek.

Meanwhile, I hiked.

It was the perfect respite from everyday life, and I am so grateful that we have so many wonderful refuges like Solstice Canyon just a short drive from the center of Los Angeles. Rising Sun trail was hot and uphill, but that meant that the arrival at the waterfall was all the sweeter, and then the way back was absolute cake.

Not pictured: A feral flock of gorgeous, screeching black-hooded parakeets. They made for a special treat on my way out of the park.

Photos:

Rising Sun trail, Solstice Canyon park, Malibu - view to Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island

Catkin with honeybee

Spread of oak tree branches

Wildfire burn scar on tree root

Western fence lizard

Nature has a great stylist. Love this mottled green-and-white weed--it feels like a fabric print well-suited for a summer frock.

Waterfall.

Mustardweed seedlings on red soil.