Photo Classes and Photo Galleries

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor Photo Gallery

Photo Class 2007 Powerpoint (21MB)

HDR Experiments-1

HDR Experiments-2

HDR Sunset Pictures at Hellyer Park

HDR Pictures at Uvas Canyon

Almaden Quicksilver HDR Pictures

Santa Teresa Pueblo Area HDR Sunset Pictures

HDR Norred Trail Sunset Pictures

Outdoor Photography Class, April 9, 2009

Sam Drake's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

Don Abel's Pictures of the 2009 Photo Class

HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

Grant Ranch, 1/31/10

Outdoor Photo & Wildflower Walk, Rancho San Vicente, April 17, 2010

Outdoor Photography Class, Santa Teresa 10/2/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Stile Ranch Trail Sunset, 1/29/11

Rainbows, Santa Teresa Park, 1/30/11

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/23/11

Coyote Lake Links

Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

Santa Clara County Parks

Mummy Mountain Trail Work Day/Trail Opening 4/24/10

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/10/07

Harvey Bear Ranch 3/20-21/09

Harvey Bear Ranch 4/18/09

Savannah Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/18/09

Sam Drake's Mummy Mountain Pictures on 2/6/10, 3/6/10,
Everytrail GPS Track and pictures: 2/6/10, 3/6/10

Kate Martin's photo gallery of the 4/24/10 Mummy Mountain Trail Event

Geocaching Class, Mummy Mountain Trail 5/15/10

Willow Springs, Savannah, Rancho San Ysidro Trails, 12/22/11

Roop Pond and Rancho La Polka Trails 2/20/12

Other Park Links

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Santa Teresa Park

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Santa Clara County Parks

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Bay Area Ridge Trail

Henry Coe State Park

Other Park Pictures

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Bernal Hill wildflowers and views, Feb-Apr. '08 Part 1, Part 2

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge, Feb-April '08

Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Stile, 5/4/08

Doan Ranch 11/22/08 Page 1, Page 2

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09

Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09

Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Fortini-Stile Ranch, 5/9/09

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Palassou Ridge 6/6/09

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, June 13, 2009

Mt. Madonna Geocaching Class, 7/11/09

Hellyer HDR Pictures 1/10/10

Almaden Quicksilver Wood Road Geocaching Class 1/16/10

Uvas Canyon HDR Pictures 1/23/10

Joseph D. Grant County Park, 1/31/10

Uvas Canyon Hike, 2/13/10

Santa Teresa Park Sunset HDR Pictures 2/7/10

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail, 3/14/10

Blair Ranch Hike 3/28/10

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, April 10, 2010

Rancho San Vicente Photography, Widlflower Hike, April 17, 2010

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10

Pre-Mother's Day Hike, Santa Teresa Park, 5/2/10

Penitencia Creek Trail

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Boccardo Trail, 8/14/10

Family Fandango 8/21/10

New Almaden Day, Junp-In Parade, 9/11/10

Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10

Rancho San Vicente, 4/3, 5/15/11

Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul OSP 5/14, 5/2111

Almaden Quicksilver Pioneer Day, Casa Grande 11/13/10

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11

Family Fandango, 8/13/11

Pioneer Day, Outdoor Museum, Almaden Quicksilver 10/8/11

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Dedication 10/11/11

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday 11/5/11

New Almaden, Buena Vista, Capehorn Pass, Hacienda Trails 1/27/12

Outdoor Photography Class and Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear County Park, 4/7/12

On April 7, 2012, docent Ron Horii gave an outdoor photography class at the Mendoza Ranch Staging Area at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park in Gilroy. He was assisted by Mike Boulland, Elaine Drake, and son Chris Horii. Chris took some of the pictures below (indicated by "CH"). See the links on the left for more information on outdoor photograhy and pictures of previous classes. Ron has been giving outdoor photography classes for several years. Fall classes usually involve a Powerpoint slideshow in the Bernal Ranch Barn at Santa Teresa Park, followed by a short outdoor walk. Spring classes involve a shorter talk and wildflower walk. This was Ron's second class on the Mummy Mountain Trail. It is one of the most scenic trails in the park, with a wide variety of terrain, panoramic views on both sides of the ridge, wildflowers, and interesting sights along the trail.

Ron sets up his presentation in the parking lot, using his car to block the wind. CH

The big barrier in the parking lot provides seating for the class. In the background, a work crew cuts weeds by the fence. CH

Ron gives a presentation, with pictures from his Powerpoint slideshow, held up by Mike Boulland. CH

Ron talks about different types of outdoor photography. CH

A horse is also interested in the photo class. CH

The class looks through 3D movie glasses during the demo on polarizing filters. 3D glasses, used backwards, act the same as polarizers used for photography. They can darken the sky, emphasize clouds, remove glare, intensify colors, and cut through haze. CH

Ron talks about his high dynamic range (HDR) pictures of Santa Teresa Park. CH

At the start of the Mendoza Trail, Ron points out wildflowers. CH

At the junction of the Mendoza and Coyote Ridge Trails, Ron points out that the Coyote Ridge Trail is the start of the southeastern leg of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and runs all the way through the park. CH

The wide Mendoza Trail gradually ascends the hill.

On the hillside to the left of the Mendoza Trail is the new Rancho La Polka Trail.

At the trail junction, Ron points out the new Rancho La Polka Trail. CH

The group gathers at the Mummy Mountain Trail junction. The Rancho La Polka Trail runs around the hill in the background. CH

The benches and interpretive sign holder are at the start of the Mummy Mountain Trail. Gilroy is in the background. The ridge is called Mummy Mountain because in profile, it looks like a reclining mummy. This part of the trail is along the mummy's legs.

The trail goes under a tree and over a bridge.

The group crosses over the bridge.

This part of the trail runs through a shady forest, with dappled lighting.

Ron points out the sandstone cliffs. CH

The group passes by and stops to take pictures of the massive sandstone cliff, pockmarked with tiny caves.

The boulders in this shady area are covered with moss and ferns.

Lichens and dudleya cover the top of the cliffs.

Trees arch over this section of the trail.

Out in the clearing, we discover the brushy root of a soaproot plant, which was dug up by wild pigs. CH

The trail ascends the hill around the edge of the clearing. CH

The group ascends the hill.

The trail runs through this open forest before it reaches the ridgetop.

Coyote Lake can be seen through a break in the trees.

The trail reaches the top of the ridge, with panoramic views of the Gilroy area.

A lone poppy is growing by a rock. CH

This is a closeup of the poppy. CH

The groups stops at the top of the hill to look at the view and wildflowers. CH

This patch of sunflowers is on the hill overlooking San Martin and Gilroy.

Closeup of the sunflowers. CH

Mike Boulland points out the sights.

Closeup of a brodiaea.

Closeup of spring vetch.

This is a fuchsia-flowered gooseberry bush.

Closeup of the fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. CH

A huge ancient bay laurel tree is on top of the hill.

This is a view from the hill looking back towards the south end of the park. The hills on the left are part of Plassou Open Space Preserve. Coyote Creek originates in nearby Henry Coe State Park and flows along the base of those hills into Coyote Lake.

The trail heads into a rocky area.

Just before the highpoint of the trail, an opening in the trees, next to a steep dropoff yields a spectacular view of Coyote Lake.

The south end of Coyote Lake and the campground are below here.

A picnic bench near the summit provides a good place for a rest stop, with views of the lake. CH

As it reaches the summit, the trail gets narrow and rocky, with views to the west.

At the mummy's "neck," the trail runs down this steep section of the hill on a hand-cut stone staircase.

Chris Horii on the stone steps.

From here are views of northeastern section of the park, criscrossed with trails.

Sunflowers on the hill above the trail.

The trail makes a steep descent, with views of the marsh at the south end of Coyote Lake.

The trail emerges from trees into a clearing. The trees make a natural frame for pictures.

The trail turns just before the "head" of the mummy.

With the views in the background, this is a good photo op spot. CH

The northern part of the Mummy Mountain Trail has the most wildflowers, though it is a few weeks before the peak. These are bably blue eyes and buttercups on the hillside.

Ferms cover the hillside on this shady section.

The trail descends this steep hillside on switchbacks. CH

At the end of Mummy Mountain, the Mendoza Trail runs below. The new Gaviota Trail runs across the opposite hill. The Coyote Ridge Trail is on the left and intersects both trails.

This hillside above the trail near its northen end will be thick with wildflowers in a few weeks. Now there are a few Chinese houses.

At the trail junction, Ron points out different possibilities for further hiking or returning. CH

This is the Mendoza Trail, which runs along the west side of Mummy Mountain. It rises up the hillside, with constant views of Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy. CH

Closeup of johnny jump-ups. CH

This is the Coyote Ridge Trail, which is the shorter and flatter way back to the staging area.

Along the Coyote Ridge Trail is a rest area and a memorial to a family killed in a plane crash on the hillside above this spot.

The Coyote Ridge Trail is forested on both sides.

Suncups near the trailhead.

Blue-eye grass, checkerblooms, and filaree.

Cattle rest and graze on the hill near the Mendoza Ranch staging area at the end of the hike.

Page created by Ron Horii, 4/12/12