Dry Creek Community Park
This is in an unincorporated section of placer county. It was originally a public open space with a multi use path for bicycles, walkers, and horses. Now it adds a sports complex. This is where I went on Memorial Day weekend and it is a few hours from where I am staying with a friend.
Rules rules rules
Unfortunately, public trust often creates a situation where percieved bad behavior is dissuaded by public rules that are only in place because of prior instances of abuse by a few. Sad.
The rules are necessar because people cannot control their impulses and since they think no one owns it or the government owns it or society owns it they rationalize away defacing the tree to etch something in to it.
But protecting the public trust are the government in conjuction and partnership with the local community. People police the area on their own to pickup and cleanup most of the stuff left behind by those who just do not realize that those who love, appreciate and enjoy this area on a regular basis also expend their resources to keep it pristine and as beautiful as when they first saw it. This is the nature of natural conservationalists and those of us like me who believe we should leave it how we found it or slightly better.
Beauty In Nature
This is the foothills at its finest, temperate rainforest in the midst of a very arid environment. An green and cool oasis in the golden color of the valley landscape in the dry hot summer summer. Horses use the multi use path. See.
The native flowers still alive on the leading cusp of summer. Notice that the grass has already turnes golden brown as the spring sun has drawn all of the moisture from the flowers that nature gave them during the winter rainy season.
There are these amazing trees that I am assume are local and native because they are so prolific and seem to be part of the native ecology.
They have thesr epic solar panels for leaves. Note the size comparison. This is a California oasis and amazingly beautiful to me and literally the temperature near the water in the shade can be twenty degrees cooler on a hot day.
The hungry, hungry caterpiller.
This caterpillar is part of the local fauna and more then likely eats the local plants and other small fauna on its journey to the cocoon.
The variety of local wild flowers is spectacular here in the spring where it seems nature is always having a veritable orgy full of flora and fauna debauchery of the worst order.
The trees are spraying there seed all over like some wild manga bukaki scene all spring and after the flowers wither and die the fruit begins to grow and mature all summer long while nestled in the womb of this little oasis where it will feed birds and ground squirrels alone with a plethora of other indigenous life or become fertilizer fo the next spring when the rains awaken newly dropped seeds.
This is the tree that produces the fruit above.
There are a myriad of ground cover that provides leafy green material for the herbivores in the local ecology. This is awesome park and all I can do is hope thay those who love it outweigh those who are just there to use the resource.