Hiding in plain sight

About a month ago, I discovered an amazing undeveloped green space along the border between Roseville and Rocklin completely by accident; and once the rainstorms finally let up I was able to get out and do some exploring. As I wandered the many trails that crisscross the area I was reminded of the pre-development landscape near Whitney Oaks in Rocklin. Now covered by housing tracts and a golf course, it was once wide-open space with numerous ponds where we fished for sizeable bluegill. I suspect that a similar fate might be in store for this lovely piece of land at some point in the future — but I’d rather not think about it right now.

Poison oak path

Bedrock mortar holes

Baby blue eyes with Largus californicus (California bordered plant bug)