|Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)|
Place: Huddart Park, Woodside, California
Coordinates: 37.440388, -122.291514
Length: 2 miles
Huddart Park has been on my wannagothere list for a while before I actually made it there for the first time, and then it rained.
But spring was just around the corner and one March day I went there again, this time to another trail. I stopped at the gate and asked the attendant what was the status of wildflowers.
"Not much. It's just beginning," he said.
Everywhere else in the coastal region spring bloom was at its peak so I was a bit bummed to hear this. He had recommended a nice, family-friendly loop trail and I was more than happy to take his recommendation.
I went on my hike without high expectations and what I discovered was that the attendant was wrong, or simply not updated. A marvelous bloom was on, with the wave of early bloomers already over the peak and the second wave was peaking. On the following week I returned for the second time with a group of families. Then a month later I was there again, hiking the same trail with another hiking group. I t was good to see the transition from spring flowers to summer's.
The thin trees allowed quite a lot of sunshine through. Much more than other, older redwood forests I've been to. Accordingly, there was a lot of forest undergrowth, and much of it was blooming.
The pinto violet was growing in the more shaded areas.
|Common Woodland Star (Lithophragma affine)|
Further down the trail - wood rose were blooming. Their delicate flowers shining between the thorns. Here is the humble wild original of all the fancy domestic cultivars that are the pride of gardens world-wide.
I like the wild rose best.
|Wood Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa)|
|Fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus), non-native|
The trail was very damp, even muddy at places. The remains of a rainy day earlier that week. I walked slowly, circumventing the occasional puddle. Under the redwoods bloomed their associate, the redwood sorrel.
On my March solo hike a deer crossed my path on the way up. It was going fast between the trees, but I was able to catch a blurry image of it before it scurried away.
|Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa)|