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No_Strings
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What are you doing April 30?

You may want to consider a visit to Limestone Canyon for a Wilderness Access Day. Normally open only for guided events, the Irvine Company and Orange County have allowed limited public access - one day a month from 9-3.

Yes, gentle readers, it's time for another of my photo essays. Sit back, put your feet up, wash some opiates down with a little Wild Turkey and enjoy.

This expansive, wild area is accessed via a "staging area" off Santiago Canyon Road, about a half mile East of Irvine Lake. It's multi-use - hiking, biking or (if you must) horses.





An ominous warning for visitors is conveyed by the universal symbols for danger - a cow femur and a dirty gym sock.




Much of the trail network is double-track with gravel. Not ideal for biking, but makes for easy passing. This is Limestone Canyon trail, which is mostly flat and follows Santiago Creek.





Some opportunistic coyote squash find a home on a fence protecting a citrus orchard.





This tree branch shows the scars of a difficult life.





Wild flowers are in bloom, providing spots of color in every direction.





Signs of new growth abound, amid the vestiges of the damaging fire a few years ago.






Framed by verdant hills, this burned tree is a reminder of the delicate balance of the environment.






A majestic yucca, always a favorite subject.





A view toward Black Star, some charred fence posts in the fore.





A blue bonnet provides another splash of color.






Some California grass.





A shot from the top of the park, where there is a nearly a 360 degree view. Irvine, Tustin, Anaheim Hills, Black Star Canyon and the Santa Ana Mountains are all visible. It was a bit hazy today and, more importantly, I was too lazy to shoot and stitch a panorama.






For most of the time on Dripping Springs trail, I was the only human in sight. The only other indicator of civilization was a Southwest 737 on final into SNA. By the time I got back to the parking lot, it was full and the trails near there were quite busy.

Volunteers at the sign-in booth and at various trail intersections were very helpful. I'm determined to come back on the bike so I can cover more ground and see more than I was able to do in three hours on foot.

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dogma
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Dang tree-hugger.

I say we make the "Irvine Company" (Why do I visualize "East India Company" ?) bulldoze that over and build a new gas refinery! This would lower the cost of fuel at the pump. But Nooo-ooo, too many nambi-pambi nature-lover types want our tax dollars footing the bill for this Wilderness reserve.

Why do you hate America?


No_Strings
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As a dumb ol' farm boy from way back, I'm glad there are still some open spaces to kick around in. It's one of the reasons we pay a premium for living in The OC.


kim
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Great pics NS. Looks like a place I'd love to go hiking.


TheHarvester
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All the rains lately have made the hills nice and green. Great pics and looks like a nice outing, however April 30th I will be camping/stargazing at either Joshua Tree or out in Anza, otherwise I would consider joining you out in Limestone.
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TwoFrogs
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reply to No_Strings
Great pics and very lyrical descriptions, NS. Thanks for the post.

I get the cow femur, which I think warns that "you're going to be eaten by a mountain lion," but I don't get the dirty gym sock.


No_Strings
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Truth be told, the sock-like thing is also a bone. Looked a bit like a scapula but it was too big for a cow. Pig, maybe? Dunno.


dogma
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A femur and scapula, most likely from a bovine or perhaps a bear.

Can't tell from the angle.


ohdan

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A primitive hike? A bear bones hike?

Anyway, it looks like a wonderful way to spend some time. Around here the jasmine has bloomed and I have a hummingbird nested just off my porch. I've gotten a few pics but she's pretty well covered (and small). The chicks should hatch in a week or so. I've got the camera poised!

It doesn't compare with your artistry, but here she is:




You can see the spiderwebs used.


No_Strings
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This is weird. I had to look twice at your post, because I couldn't figure out how you found my picture. Took this in the back yard about 5 years ago or so.





ohdan

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Cool. They build similar nests (using webs) in similar locations (forks). And guess what? Mine are a little older than I thought. I just got back from watching her feed the two little buggers.

I can't get a good shot (zoom isn't good enough and mom is rightfully a little territorial). Binoculars will have to do for now.


jig

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are you guys sure you aren't married, and just don't know each other's handles?

edit - because i'm retarded.


No_Strings
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Naw, we get along too well to be married.


ohdan

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said by jig:

are you guys sure you aren't married, and just don't know each other's handles?

Definitely not married, but he sure knows my handles...


ohdan

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