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Santa Teresa Park Pictures
Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002
Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08
Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08
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
Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09
Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09
Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09
Healthy Trails Hike, Fortini, Mine, Stile Ranch Trails, 5/9/09
Santa Teresa Sunset Pictures 2/7/10
Norred Trail Workday, 3/13/10
Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/2/10
Family Fandango 8/21/10
Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10
REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10
Family Fandango, 8/13/11
REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday 11/5/11
Stile Ranch Trail Sunset 1/29/11
Santa Teresa Park Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows Pueblo Area, Ridge Trail, January 30, 2011
Facebook Album: Santa Teresa Park, 11/20/11
Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/2/11
Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/3/11 (Chris Horii)
Facebook Album: Bernal Hill Hike, 1/8/12
Facebook Album: Pueblo Area Sunset, 4/11/12
Wildflower hike, Mine, Stile Ranch, Fortini Trails, 4/22/12
Waterfall, Rainbow, and Clouds, 12/26/12
Pictures of Other Parks
Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08
Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2
Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09
Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Pictures, 3/10/07, 3/21-21/09, 4/18/09
Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09
Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09
Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09
Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09
Palassou Ridge 6/6/09
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
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
Mummy Mountain Trail Day and Hike, Coyote Lake, 4/24/10
Geocaching Class, Coyote Lake, 5/15/10
Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Boccardo Trail, 8/14/10
New Almaden Day, Junp-In Parade, 9/11/10
Almaden Quicksilver Pioneer Day, Casa Grande 11/13/10
Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10
Facebook Album: Coyote Ridge, April 17, 2011
Outdoor photography hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11
Rancho San Vicente hikes, 4/3/11 and 5/15/11
Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, 5/14/11 and 5/21/11
Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11
Facebook Album: Mt. Umunhum, September 24, 2011
Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver, Dedication of the Outdoor Museum, 10/8/11
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Trail Dedication, 10/11/11
Facebook Album: Vasona Fall Colors November 24, 2011
Facebook Album: Rosendin Park (Anderson Lake County Park), November 25, 2011
Facebook Album: Hiking the Heron and Dutch Flat Trails at Joseph D. Grant County Park 12/21/11
Harvey Bear Ranch Hike on the Savannah Trail, 12/22/11 Facebook Album: New Almaden and Randol Trails, 12/28/11
Facebook Album: Los Gatos Creek Trail, Campbell to Los Gatos, 1/14/12
HIke on the New Almaden, Buena Vista, Randol, Capehorn Pass, and Hacienda Trails, Almaden Quicksilver, 1/27/12
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Hellyer to Silicon Valley Blvd. 1/28/12
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 1
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 2
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, south 2/17/12
Rancho La Polka Trail, Harvey Bear Ranch/Coyote Lake County Park 2/20/12
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Silver Creek Valley Road to Silicon Valley Blvd, 3/10/12
Ron Horii's Photo Class and Hike on the Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake County Park, 4/7/12
Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/23/12
Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Bailey Ave. to Malaguerra, 7/8/12
Villa Montalvo Trails, Villa and Gardens
Stevens Creek Healthy Trails Hike
New Almaden Day, Jump-In Parade, 9/8/12
Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver 10/13/12, Incline Railroad Sign Dedication
Rancho San Vicente Hike 10/14/12
Ed Willson Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, 11/10/12
Los Alamitos-Calero Creek Trail, 12/24/12
High-Dynamic Range Photography
HDR Experiments -1
HDR Experiments -2
HDR Hellyer Sunset
HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls
Grant Ranch, 1/31/10
Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Pueblo Area, 2/7/10
Almaden Quicksilver, 2/27/10
Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Norred Trail 5/21-27/10
Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10
Sunset Pictures, Stile Ranch Trail, 1/29/11
Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows, Santa Teresa, 1/30/11
Black and White Conversion, Santa Teresa Park
Ron Horii's Outdoor Photography Pages
Outdoor Photo Gallery
Photo Class, Wildflower Walk, Santa Teresa Park, 4/4/09
Rancho San Vicente Photo Class Hike 4/17/10
Outdoor Photography Class, Bernal Ranch, 10/2/10
Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11
Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/7/12
On 12/26/12, after several several days of heavy rain and a wet morning, I went out to the Pueblo area of Santa Teresa County Park. The park was still very wet. On the drive up Bernal Road, I noticed there was water flowing in the culvert next to the road, which usually means the waterfall above Laurel Canyon is running. The upper waterfall is usually only easily seen after heavy rains. The lower falls, which is at the end of the Laurel Canyon Nature Trail, can be seen with lower flows. I parked in the Pueblo Picnic Area near the Hidden Springs Trailhead. I took the pictures below:
Waterfall, Rainbow, and Clouds, 12/26/12
Santa Teresa County Park
I started here at the Hidden Springs Trailhead. It was pretty wet. The trail to the right goes up to Coyote Peak. I took the trail to the left.
This is the start of the Hidden Springs Trail going north. It was wet in places, requiring stepping carefully around the puddles. I could hear the falls in Laurel Canyon. As I climbed up the trail, I could see the waterfall in Laurel Canyon, which is below Coyote Peak. However, because of trees blocking the view of the falls, there are only a few places where it can be seen.
Along the trail is a large blue oak tree. In the distance, looking through the branches is a waterfall, falling into Laurel Canyon.
Shooting through the branches of the blue oak tree, I could see the waterfall tumbling down the steep canyon in several steps.
As I was taking pictures, it started to rain. Then I noticed a rainbow briefly appeared over the Santa Teresa Golf Course and the Ohlone Trail. The end of the rainbow was right over the Laurel Canyon Nature Trail. The little creek below was fed by the waterfall.
Looking north along the Hidden Springs Trail. In the distance is Edenvale.
As seen from the Hidden Springs Trail is the new, but unoccupied police station. HGST's disk drive facility is on the left. Along the based of the hills is the Edenvale Technology Park. On top of the hills are the luxury homes of the Silver Creek area.
Seen from the Hidden Springs Trail is Kaiser San Jose Medical Center on the left and the HGST site on the right.
Downtown San Jose as seen from the Hidden Springs Trail.
Returning on the Hidden Springs Trail, in the distance on the left is Coyote Peak. Deer are grazing on the hillside on the right.
This is a closer view of the grazing deer, with the waterfall in the background.
Closeup of the deer.
I went back to the Pueblo Are. This is a seasonal creek above the Pueblo Area, with Rocky Ridge and the Pueblo Trail in the background.
This is the little creek flowing down into the Pueblo Area. Normally, it's dry.
Here are the horseshoe pits and the group picnic site in the Pueblo Area.
I went down to the last parking lot at the end of the Pueblo Area and took pictures along the Mine Trail. I used the 20X zoom in my compact camera to take the 2 pictures below:
Deer on the hill above the Mine Trail.
High Dynamic Range Pictures
It was nearing sunset. The cloud formations looked promising. I thought I could get some nice sunset pictures, so I grabbed my DSLR and tripod. I set the camera to auto-bracket and burst mode, in aperture priority mode. It took 3 pictures in rapid succession at different shutter speeds, 1 EV apart. That wasn't enough latitude to capture the whole range of light, so I manually tweaked the exposure several EV's higher and lower. The clouds were moving quickly, so I had to act fast. Later I combined the pictures with Photomatix and tweaked the final shots in Photoshop Elements. Each shot below is a composite of 3-4 pictures.
Stone water trough for horses, at the start of the Mine Trail, with the sun setting behind Mt. Umunhum.
Mine Trail below the Pueblo Area.
Pueblo Area, looking north.
The old corral at the Pueblo Area.
View of the Pueblo Area and Coyote Peak from the parking lot on Bernal Road. The Muriel Wright center is on the left.
Another view from the same area a little later, with Bernal Road on the left.
Another view a little later from a slightly different angle.
This is the start of the Mine Trail below the Bernal Road parking lot. The hill in the distance is part of Rancho San Vicente. Behind it is Mt. Loma Prieta in the Sierra Azul Range.
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