4/14/13

Mount Burdell

I accompanied friends on "a short hike" in Marin County today. A shorter hike would have been fine. Well, it was a lovely day-- bright sun, blue skies, cool breezes...

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The oaks have all leafed out, and the buckeyes will flower soon.

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This is Mount Burdell, in Novato. Lovely to visit in spring; punishingly hot in summer. 

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I do not get invited to go on hikes all that often. Most people I know who go hiking a lot a) like to be alone, or b) go with their kids. Hiking with me is pretty close to hiking alone, I suppose. I'm not usually that interested in conversation, unless it's about the flowers or birds. I have to talk and think all day long at work. It's nice to just look and feel.

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The arrangement of trees in the landscape drew my gaze and held my interest today.

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I love to take pictures of flowers in the grass. I could do this all day long.

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Purple vetch? Vicia something? I don't think I've ever seen so much of it at one time before.

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Sorry, but it's a nice purple.

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amsinckia

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4 comments:

Michelle said...

It looks like it was a perfect day for hiking. And what a beautiful spot. I'm a pretty quiet hiker also, it's not a social event for me, it's about being immersed in the place and/or exercise. I love all your purple flower shots! Orange poppies in a patch of purple is such a delight.

Lisa Wakelam said...

Perfect landscapes-devoid of humans!
I like rock walls; suprised to see them here.

Thomas said...

I'm glad you also like to take pictures while hiking. Thank you.

Les said...

Things look lush and green in Marin. Are rains falling regularly, or is this just typical for spring? I am with you on the topic of unnecessary chatter while hiking, it breaks the trance I need.