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mjausson
14 August 2010 @ 09:53 pm
Places: Murphys in Calaveras County, Jamestown in Tuolomne County
Dates: July 29-30, 2010
Weather: Nice and sunny
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Bridge by Parrots Ferry on County Rd E18
I spent the morning at a spa in Sonora, getting pampered. In the afternoon, I drove first to Columbia and then to Muprhys. This bridge is between Columbia and Murphys on County Road E18, Parrots Ferry Road.

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mjausson
13 August 2010 @ 10:43 pm
Place: Stanislaus National Forest
Date: July 28, 2010
Weather: Nice and sunny
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View from the "tree house" at Strawberry Inn
My base for this holiday was in Sonora. From there, I drove up along Highway 108, the Sonora Pass Highway, through Stanislaus National Forest. After a short stop in Twain Harte, I had lunch at the Strawberry Inn in Strawberry. The inn sits on the north side of the highway, right after it crosses the southern fork of the Stanislaus River. The photo above is taken while I was having lunch on the patio of the inn. It was wonderful.

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mjausson
24 January 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Places: Mostly Napa County with a few shots from Lake County and Contra Costa County
Dates: January 23-24, 2010
Weather: Mostly overcast, sometimes raining and even snowing.
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Fog on Mount St. Helena
It was foggy on Mount St. Helena as I was ascending through the woods but the sun was starting to burn it off. This is what it looks like -- magical.

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mjausson
17 January 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Hwy 130 over Mount Hamilton, then Mines Road to Livermore
Date: January 17, 2010
Weather: Rainy and foggy
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San Antonio Valley
I stopped at Lick Observatory on the summit but it was so foggy that none of my photos came out. But as soon as I started descending on the other side, the fog cleared. This is perhaps 5 minutes past the peak, near Sky Ranch.

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That was the last photo. After this it got too dark and started to rain again. But now I know how beautiful the valleys on the other side of Mount Hamilton are. I'll be back in wildflower season.
 
 
mjausson
10 January 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Half Moon Bay
Date: January 10, 2010
Weather: Mostly cloudy but very little wind.
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Princeton
Looking north toward Princeton and the Mavericks.

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mjausson
07 January 2010 @ 10:51 pm
This is the new incarnation of Mjausson's Walks. The registration for mjausson.com lapsed without me noticing and now a cyber squatter has it. I hope to post the old content here and start adding new content too.
 
 
mjausson
03 January 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: January 3, 2010
Weather: Clear and sunny but chilly in the shade.
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Milkmaids
Milk maids, Cardamine californica, is one of the first wildflowers to come into bloom. It likes shady woodlands.


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mjausson
15 August 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: August 15, 2009
Weather: Sunny but not too hot for August.
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This is the reverse loop, using Serpentine Loop Trail and Longwall Canyon Trail along the valley bottom. Up and around Mayfair Ranch Trail back to the car park. It works well in summer when there is no water in the creek that you cross early on.

Ripening Walnuts
The whole valley was planted with grafted walnut trees. The fruits are ripening now.

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mjausson
05 July 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: July 5, 2009
Weather: Hot.
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Reverse loop, using Serpentine Loop Trail and Longwall Canyon Trail along the valley bottom, then up and around Mayfair Ranch Trail back to the car park.

The Old Cattle Chute
The Old Cattle Chute. I take a photo of it almost every time I pass.


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mjausson
06 June 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Mount Madonna County Park
Date: June 6, 2009
Weather: Hot and sunny.
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A short hike at Mount Madonna County Park. I hiked up on Loop Trail, took the shortcut along Tie Camp Trail and hiked down on Merry-Go-Round Trail.


Chaparral Pea
Chaparral Pea, Pickeringia montana, is common in this part of Mount Madonna. The pink flowers are very pretty.

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mjausson
14 March 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Hunting Hollow, Henry Coe State Park
Date: March 14, 2009
Weather: It was mostly cloudy and never got really warm.
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I started at the Hunting Hollow car park, near Gilroy. In the car park I noticed that most of the cars were trucks. Clearly this place is popular with mountain bikers. I soon realised why this was: there were 8 creek crossings in the first mile. No bridges, all fords. Not my favourite way of spending half an hour and probably not many other hikers' either, judging from how few I met. The rest of the hike was strenous -- steep up hill and down.

I took Hunting Hollow Road to the non-existent windmill. There I turned up on Middle Steer Ridge Trail. At Steer Ridge Road I turned left. This part was very high up and mostly level. The views were fantastic. Then I took the equally steep Steer Ridge Trail back down to the car park and the final creek crossing.

Fuchsia-Flowered Currant (Desktop)
Fuchsia-flowered currant, Ribes speciosa, grew near a stream. It's easy to tell where both the fuchsia-flowered part and the currant part of the name come from.

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mjausson
28 February 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: February 28, 2009
Weather: Overcast.
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Poppies!
The first poppies of the season always make me jump with joy. Such a happy orange!

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mjausson
07 February 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: February 7, 2009
Weather: Sunny winter hike.
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I took Serpentine Loop Trail and then Catamount Trail. At the top I turned right, into Calero County Park. There I followed Bald Peaks Trail all the way back to Casa Loma Road and the staging area.


Deer on the Slope
There were a lot o deer near the creek this day. These four were grazing when I arrived. But as I started taking photos, they approached.

As you can see from the large version, their large ears are pointed in my direction. They were listening to the shutter sound from my camera.

These are mule deer -- the most common type of deer in northern California.

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mjausson
19 January 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: January 19, 2009
Weather: Sunny and clear.
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Woodland Trail
Looking back down on the trail between the trees on the Serpentine Loop Trail. It was rather hot and the trail is steep, so I stopped quite a lot going up.

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mjausson
01 March 2008 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Maguire Peaks part of Sunol Regional Wilderness
Date: March 1, 2008
Weather: Mostly sunny spring weather
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Almond Flowers
In the valleys there are reminders of the valley's agricultural past. Like these almond trees.


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25 February 2008 @ 12:00 pm
Places: Palo Alto -- Elizabeth Gamble Gardens and Stanford University
Dates: February 25, 2008
Weather: Bright and chilly out of the sun.
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Pineapple Fountain
Coming from the car park, the first thing that greets the visitor at the Elizabeth Gamble Garden, is this artichoke fountain. Elizabeth Gamble was married to one of the original founders of Procter & Gamble, James Gamble. He was a soapmaker from Ireland.

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mjausson
28 May 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Location: Hidcote Manor Gardens are at the northern edge of the Cotswolds. It's right next door to another famous garden, Kiftsgate, outside Mickelton
Date: 28 May 2007
Weather: Damp, rainy, cold and miserable.
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The gardens at Hidcote were created by the American Major Lawrence Johnston. What makes the garden so ground-breaking is its division of the garden into "garden rooms", usually separated by tall hedges. This division means that different areas of a garden can have vastly different styles, e.g. a "Zen garden" can be situated next to a traditional cottage garden, without them clashing. Each room can be a surprise, a new delight. This gives people walking around the garden a sense of exploring the garden. The drawback of course is that the style doesn't work well with small, modern gardens. A handkerchief-sized garden cannot be divided into rooms. Sometimes these gardens can also feel claustrophobic, compared to the wide open spaces of e.g. Capability Brown's romantic ideal.


Cotswold Road
This is the setting of the garden - rolling Cotswolds countryside.

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mjausson
24 May 2006 @ 12:00 pm
I went to Castlerigg Stone Circle in the morning, then to Coniston. In Coniston I took a boat to Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin.

Places: Castlerigg, Coniston, Brantwood, Cumbria, England
Dates: May 24, 2006
Weather: Partly cloudy with showers


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I got to the stone circle pretty early. That was good because I had it to myself and could really soak up the atmosphere and get good shots. This is the whole circle, seen from the north-west with a snow-capped Helvellyn and other high fells in the background.

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mjausson
23 May 2006 @ 12:00 pm
Place: Castlerigg Fell, Cumbria, England.

Castlerigg Fell is east of Derwent Water. I walked up to High Seat on Castlerigg Fell and then north to Bleaberry Fell, before I turned back to the car, down by Ashness Farm. This map shows the area of the walk.

Date: May 23, 2006
Weather: Partly cloudy at first, then it rained and got very windy. I wasn't keen on getting the camera wet so I stopped taking photos once it had started raining in earnest. Consequently there aren't that many photos on this page and they're all from the way up onto the fell.

Brook
Ashness Brook next to the footpath was lovely with its dappled sunshine on mossy boulders.

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mjausson
22 May 2006 @ 12:00 pm
This was the first time I went to the Lake District and I was not disappointed. Lots of water everywhere, fells and sheep.

If you're having trouble following along with the geography, here's a reasonable map of the Lake District.

Place: The day started in Keswick. From there I took the B5289 to Buttermere with stops along Derwent Water and in the village of Grange.
Date: May 22, 2006
Weather: Wet.


Post Office
I had some shopping to do first thing, so I walked around in central Keswick. All the houses are out of local stone, like this one -- the Post Office on the Main Street. It gives a very solid impression but the dark colour isn't terribly inviting.

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