March 21, 2010

Purisima Creek, San Mateo County

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photo by Donald Kinney

Maybe you've heard of Half Moon Bay -- it's about 15 miles south of San Francisco on the coast.   But just inland a bit -- up one coastal hill and down another -- is the most delightful creek called Purisima.

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photo by Donald Kinney

This is another area that was heavily logged in the late 1800's to satisfy San Francisco's insatiable hunger for lumber.   This Redwood, sprouted from the roots of a felled tree, is pretty gnarly -- but it's only about 120 years old, a mere child compared to the roots, probably upwards of a thousand years old.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And silly me -- I didn't bring my tripod or extension-tubes with me on the hike -- so I was a bit unprepared to shoot closeups, but what we have here is a Clover flower Redwood Sorrel [oxales oregana] on the left (((thanks Adam Paul for the info))) and a Western Trillium flower on the right.   Both small flowers, with large beauty!

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Mulleh said...

picture #2 is great :) Like them very much!

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

You know, I've lived within 30 miles of it my whole life, but have never been to Purissima - must rectify that one of these days soon!

FYI, that's Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana) on the left of the Western Trillium.

AphotoAday said...

THANKS MULLEH, AND THANKS ADAM for he correct name on the Redwood Sorrel.

photowannabe said...

Love that place and I guess you know my love of the redwoods. Beautiful flowers.

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