Sunday, May 16, 2010

12 Bridges Perserve


That's my World, Tuesday





One of our favorite bike routes takes us through the nearby 12 Bridges preserve near our home. This is a lovely ride and takes us through several different habitats. It is not without its hazards though.


I have not yet seen a rattlesnake on our ride but I have seen king snakes and racers. I'm sure the rattlers are around someplace.


In spring there are many wildflowers in the prairie grasslands. Nothing like what John Muir described after walking through the central valley in 1868, but lovely none the less.


One of the prettiest is the Gold Nuggets. This one was nice enough to bloom by the trail where I could get a good shot.


We also ride by wetlands with their perennial pools, cattails and marsh grasses.


A special type of pool is the Vernal Pool. Unlike the perennial pool above, these are seasonal. Once common in the central valley they are being lost to development. Lately there has been an attempt to save as many as possible.


This pond is in the process of drying up. As reduced in size as it is I have recently seen cinnamon teals and black necked stilts in it as well as killdeer and an egret, barely visible center rear of the green area.

This pond is now completely dry, the water has been replaced by a field of golden wildflowers. Yet another habitat can be seen along the edge, the oak woodland. On this ride we could hear wild turkeys and ring neck pheasants.

The several interconnected wild land corridors within the 12 Bridges development provide a rich habitat that is enjoyed by the residents, both the human kind and the native wild species.


There are more worlds to see at That's my World Tuesday, hosted for us each week by Klaus, Sandy Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia





22 comments:

Gaelyn said...

I don't suppose anything is the same as when Muir saw it. Probably more rattlers then too. Glad that the vernal pools are being protected. They play such an important role to so much wildlife. Nice place for a ride.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great place. Thanks for taking us along. I've seen lots of rattlesnakes yet none in areas with signs like the one you show.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful walk Martha. It really is kind of Paradise there where you live! (Including the snake even ;>).

Yesterday I talked to a woman who will not walk in the nature area next door because she is afraid of snakes. (There are wooden walkways.) I feel sorry for her. It isn't as if they lie in wait to ambush you -- just keep your eyes and ears open!

Ginnymo said...

What beautiful scenery you always have in your world Martha! I'm glad you didn't run across any of those snakes..

Diane AZ said...

12 Bridges Preserve looks like a wonderful place explore. Glad there is an effort to save the vernal ponds. :)

Photo Cache said...

While this is a beautiful place, just the idea that snakes are populating this place makes me run the other way and fast :D Just too scared of snakes.

Have a lovely week.

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EG Wow said...

I enjoy seeing the wildflowers that grow on your side of the Rockies. They are often so different from what we have here in Ontario. In fact, most of the landscape in your photos look quite different from my area. :)

Carver said...

That's a beautiful nature preserve. Thank you for showing it to us through your photographs and words.

maryt/theteach said...

Lovely place, martha. I some places it looks like the Everglades, no? :)

Paulie said...

What an interesting trip you have shown us. I would not have known about any of those things without reading them here on your blog.

Sylvia K said...

Thanks for the tour! Your photos are as delightful as always! Love the ones of the flowers! Looks as though you had a lovely trip! Have a great week, Martha!

Sylvia

noel said...

aloha,

i'm enjoying what you are posting today from your world, love the wildflower tour in the central valley.

thanks for sharing this and have a great week!

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

A nice ride of photos and I hope you never will come across the rattlesnakes :)

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Carolyn Ford said...

John Muir saw so much that isn't around these days like it was...land development surely changed things in a huge way. What is left is definitely a sight to behold and worth preserving. 12 Bridges...that must be a wonderful area to ride bicycles.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Beautiful spot and thanks for the journey. Wildflowers can be so beautiful - wonderful shot. I don't think however that I would like to see any snakes :D

ρομπερτ said...

Whenever there would be a wonder happening, this sight and pond surely looks like the place to be. Please have you all a wonderful Tuesday.

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Indrani said...

Can't imagine an encounter there. The shots are truly beautiful.

Janie said...

Your bike trail looks great!
Your gold nugget flower looks so much like Utah's state flower, the Sego Lily (except the sego lily is white, or sometimes pink.) They're both Calochortus, so I guess that explains it.

J Bar said...

Great shot.
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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a beautiful area you live in Martha. I am sure the wetlands attract lots of people taking pictures of the birds found there.

I never got up to Yosemite during my travels around the USA which is a pity. It has always been on my list to see the next time I visit.

ladyfi said...

It looks absolutely gorgeous and wild!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Lucky you - so much natural beauty near your home!