December 06, 2010

at Lilly Lake, Mount Tamalpais


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photo by Donald Kinney

Lilly Lake is another one of those unofficial names -- it's real name may or may not be Lilly Lake.

And I don't even have any water-lilly shots to show you this time of year.   But here's a nearby little nameless pond.   A pond with one leaf on the surface now -- probably more in a few minutes...



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During summer you'll find dozens of frogs in Lilly Lake.   You'll generally hear them diving for cover before you spot them.

Also during summer, Horsetails (a.k.a. scouring rushes) grow in a lush stand on the banks of Lilly Lake.



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A leaf taking a dunk above the murky bottom.



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How nice.   A padded chair to rest my tired bones.   Things can get REALLY mossy at Lilly Lake!



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2 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've always admired horsetails ever since I was a little guy and learned they are one of the very few plants still surviving from prehistoric times. I think it was the Paleozoic period (something like 100 million years ago) and back then some grew like trees. A great set of photos as always.

AphotoAday said...

Hi SINBAD'S DAD -- Yeah, Horsetails are quite a curious plant -- I've always thought their stalks resembled bamboo. They DO love water so I guess they mostly grow along the banks of streams. --The Botanical Gardens at Golden Gate Park has a great display of prehistoric plants and trees -- just off to the left at the entrance (they're charging out of towners admission now at the gardens, by the way)

 
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