Lupin on the hillside above the winery
Almost every work day, I take Yogi and we spend about an hour hiking the hills above the winery. Most people are surprised to learn that leaving from the winery, I can be looking down on Lake Hennessey in about 15 minutes time. I estimate that the loop I hike must encompass over 500 acres. The scenery changes daily and even though I usually travel the same route, I never get bored. The Fall & Spring are my favorite seasons. Yogi likes it best after rainy periods for the small creeks that will run for a week or two. He likes to drink from and walk through the creeks, usually at the same time. If it's a warmer day, I will take him by the pond so he can go for a quick dip. The pond is small, but will usually have 2 or 3 pairs of ducks in it. My favorites are the colorful Wood Ducks. To keep my heart ticking, I usually try to keep moving at a fairly good pace. Earlier this week, I took my camera and moved just a bit slower to get pictures of some of my favorite hiking places.
This ledge of rocks, wildflowers & moss faces Southwest. It's right out in the open and bakes in the summer sun. It amazes me that after a few rains in the Fall, the bright green colors and spongey texture of the moss returns so quickly.
And here are some tiny wildflowers that can thrive & bloom on the surface of a rock.
But my favorite picture is of these tiny ferns that found a home in the crevices of these rocks (You have to click to enlarge and look closely).
The weekend is here. Go take a hike!