Hike: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
& Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA

First Hike of Foothill College Trail Hike Class
Instructor: Thomas McCarthy (PHED23A)
Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:00 pm-4:20 pm

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: Registered for Thomas McCarthy's Trail Hike Class (PHED 23A) at Foothill College that meets on Fridays (1:00-4:00 pm).
Our first hike is at Palo Alto Baylands/ Shoreline Park. A friend gave classmate and me a ride to the hike. Came here on October 4, 2013. Tom asked me to take a photo of the class before our hike. Because of drought, the waters were not so deep in the lake and bay. Perhaps that's the reason of no sightings of pelicans or great blue herons today. After reaching the Libby Dutton Bench with inscription "Her spirit now flies with the pelicans she loved", we turned back home (3:13 pm). Below are 70 photos from our Baylands hike.

Shoreline at Mountain View Sign

Interpretive Trail Info Board

Pond View from Bench near Entrance

Bird Posts at Baylands Trail Entrance

Bird in Bush Flying Away

Foothill Trail Hiking Class

Black Heron & Ducks in Pond

Black Heron & Ducks Closeup

Colorful Field of Wildflowers

Lone Canadian Goose in Pond

Canadian Goose & Wild Mustard

Eight Canadian Geese in Flight

Two Ducks Heading for Water

Wild Mustard, Pond, and Ducks

Wild Mustard & Bend of Bay

Bay Trail Map Signpost

Two Ducks on the Trail

Soaring Hawk & Sun Flare

Snowy Egret Near the Shore

Shoreline Amphitheatre Across the Bay

Hundreds of Seagulls on Island

Wavy Ripples Coming to Shore

Nine Posts in Pond (1999 Project)

Sky, Hills, Lake, and Grass

Snowy Egret Flying Away

Snowy Egret Closeup

Snowy Egret in Flight 1

Snowy Egret in Flight 2

Snowy Egret in Flight 3

Snowy Egret in Flight 4

Snowy Egret in Flight 5

Snowy Egret in Flight 6

Two Egrets by the Shore

Snowy Egret in Flight 7

Snowy Egret in Flight 8

Two Mallard Ducks by the Shore

Closer View of Two Mallard Ducks

Hundreds of Seagulls on Island

Snowy Egret in Flight 9

Seagulls on Island Closeup

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Bull Thistle 2

Flowering Thistle

A Bird on the Post?

Two Canadian Geese in Flightt

Crocodile Log Image

Raven on the Post

Raven on the Post 2

Libby Dutton (1948-1998) Bench

Powerlines & Rock Piles by the Bay

Raven on the Rock Pile

Raven on the Rock Pile Closeup

Raven Flying by Rock Piles

Raven and Shadow Flying By

Two Ravens on Rock Piles

Lone Canadian Goose in Lake

Raven on Post

Raven on Post Closeup

Thistle by the Bay

Soaring Seagull & Sun Flare

Mallard Duck out of Water

Mallard Duck Closeup

White Thistle Flower

Small Tree by the Bay

Snowy Egret by the Shore

Snowy Egret at Water Edge

Sun Flare Overhead

— Photographs by Peter Y. Chou, April 17, 2015

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