“You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent”
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
Typical for the somewhat sheltered and wet canyons along streams, oaks and sycamores grow there and form a beautiful riparian jungle (together with an abundance of Poison-oak of course).
Some photos from a walk at the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve with my friends Joe and Peter. It’s always interesting to see how others see the same stuff I’m looking at all the time. We took the oak grove trail first and then continued to the picnic area below the Lake Poway dam. Joe had never been to this place, and Peter only a long time ago.
There are many access points to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. The one that I use the least because it’s much further for me to get there is at the northern end of Camino Ruiz, on the southern side of the canyon. When I dropped off Shuwen at a friend’s in the morning I was almost there already, and so began my morning walk with Toni using this approach for a change. The trail descends into the canyon some 200 feet and that’s a most lovely section – an Elfin forest, composed of old-growth gnarly Shrub Oaks, mostly.
I took advantage of some recent foggy mornings to photograph the chaotic riparian woodland at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. They’re probably not the most accessible images, but I think these are my favorite photos from this place right now – to me, they capture the essence of this riparian jungle during our dry season.