February 07, 2010

at Lilly Lake, Mt. Tamalpais


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photo by Donald Kinney

Saturating rain has brought us life-giving juice, and the moss covering every shaded nook-and-cranny of Mount Tamalpais is standing up, bright green and proud.   Yum...



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These are Madrone trees, and I'm not sure if Mount Tamalpais has an official tree, but the Madrone definitely gets my vote.   Madrone branches shed their paper-thin bark during the summer.   CLICK to see an older photo of the curly peeling bark.



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A few years ago I asked a friend what the name of this little lake was -- the one with water-lillies and horsetails and frogs and all sorts of other neat stuff.   He told me it was named Lilly Lake, but I think he just made that up -- I don't think the lake has any official name but I could be wrong.   In any case, the name Lilly Lake works for me.   CLICK to see an older photo of a water-lilly pad.



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These curious Mallards were enjoying the morning -- they've definitely been in their element with all this rain we've been having.



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And this is what the typical Mount Tamalpais forest floor looks like -- a cooperative mixture of madrone, redwood, laurel, pines, ferns, and the ubiquitous moss.   This is not far from the Fairfax to Bolinas Road, in Marin County, California.


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