Let's get started:
|Near trail head entrance|
|Caves, oil seeps and yellow trees! Oil seeps smell...|
|Views looking both East (inland) and West, as well as inside the canyon itself (center)|
As do the trees and various other plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and oak woodland. In the summer, the whole area smells like sage, which is a little strange.
|Following the trail - a 5 mile loop|
|Some of the trees recovered completely - except for burn marks on their trunks (lower center)|
|I think this is Quercus lobata (Valley Oak), still holding on to some of its leaves|
|No rattlesnakes yet though!|
In the canyon itself (or Towsley Gorge), green ferns are growing up the canyon walls. The creek was still flowing on this side. I'll have to go back in the Spring - part of the trail involves fording the creek, which might be more exciting if there's more water.
|A sense of place - the coastal ranges|
|There was a rainbow here... My picture-taking skills need work...|