Saturday, March 7, 2015

Above it all

Yes, its the same place as the title photo
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day in Southern California, perfect for a hike up Tuna Canyon.

There was a stiff offshore breeze tossing the chaparral and oak leaves.  It was almost crystal clear, just a slight haze over the city. We could see the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Baldy.

Castilleja affinis, or Indian paint brush
This is a steep trail, but it's good to walk because it's partially shaded. The verges of the trail were touched with wildflowers in bloom.

Here, a hillside is covered with golden California poppies in bloom.

Just beautiful.

At the top of the trail, there's a broad flat overlook where you can see from the beaches of Santa Monica to the San Gabriel Mountains, with the skyscrapers of Westwood, Century City, and downtown Los Angeles between.

Click to "embiggen"
And also here is a stone mandala/maze. So Topanga!


smalltownme said...

The labyrinth appears on google maps. What a glorious view!

Glennis said...

You're right, Heidi, it does! I never thought to check before!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Beautiful pics.

There's still snow all over here, but it's sunny and in the 50s today. The birdies are singing their heads off!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

We still have over a foot of snow on the ground, but it's in the mid-to-high forties. Our seasonal staff came back for a big meeting yesterday, which is a big harbinger of Spring. As an added bonus, that meant that there were leftover sandwiches and muffins for me.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

That is absolutely lovely. Thank you, Aunt Snow, for sharing such beauty.