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15 August 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Nuts in the Valley  
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.

Sycamore tree on the other side of Baldy Ryan Creek on the valley bottom.

Fence I
This fence is opposite from the cattle chute just after you cross into Rancho Canada.

Fence II
I was intrigued by the golden afternoon sunlight on the old wood.

Cattle Chute
And here is the cattle chute. I take a photo of it every time I pass. There are more yellow leaves in the bay on the left than last time.

Funnel Nets
It's spider season. There were lots of funnel nets about. Here are a few.

Dangerous Beauty
Dangerous beauty: Poison oak foliage turns beautiful colours as we move into autumn.

Mount Umumhum
Mount Umumhum in the far distance. It's easy to tell because there's a six-story tower on top of it.

Grand View
From the top of Mayfair Ranch Trail you can see across the valley to the Diablo Range.