Hike: Santa Teresa County Park

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch
San Jose, June 12, 2011

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On June 12, 2011, Stanford had its 120th Commencement. I usually take the Stanford Shuttle on Sunday to Green Library, but it was closed for Intersession. So my friend took me to Santa Teresa County Park in downtown San Jose for our first hike this Spring. We had come here on March 29, 2009, and visited the Santa Teresa Spring (photo) and farm animals at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. Today's hike began with a steep uphill climb on the Joice Trail. My friend told me that she saw a whole hillside of yellow flowers here in Spring 2009. Today, most of the flowers were gone, except for Buckeye Flowers, Clarkia (Farewell to Spring), California Poppies, White and Golden Yarrow, and Mariposa Lilies. A hawk flew across the sky as well as a flock of birds on our way down the hill. The white and brown chickens near the entrance were popular with children, so I photographed them at the beginning and end of our three-hours hike.

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch Sign

Farm Animals Board, Manila Drive

Santa Teresa County Park Board

White Chicken near Entrance

Brown Chicken near Entrance

Buckeye Flowers on Trail

Clarkia (Farewell to Spring)
and California Poppies

Image of "Bird Beak Rock"
on top of Bernal Hill

"The Three Graces"
Poppy, Clarkia, Yarrow

Butterfly on Young Oak Tree

Golden Yarrow and Rocks

Tree & Rocks on Hilltop

Four Petalled Clarkia

Four Petalled California Poppy

Bernard Hill Slope

Clarkia Elegans

Four Petalled California Poppy

Four Petalled Clarkia

Bernal Hill Trail Post

V-Shaped Valley View

Valley View of Downtown San Jose

Panorama View 1

Panorama View 2

Panorama View 3

Panorama View 4

Panorama View 5

Panorama View 6

Mariposa Lily

Clarkia & Mariposa Lily

Hawk Flew by Valley

Image of "Hare in Open Field"

"Hare" is Bush in Open Field

Hawk Flies Over Hill

Hawk Flies in Power Lines

Hawk Soaring in the Sky

Hawk Flies over Hill

Rocks on Bernal Hill

Wild Oats Swaying in the Wind

Joice & Norred Trails Post

Flock of Birds 1

Flock of Birds 2

Flock of Birds 3

Flock of Birds 4

Flock of Birds 5

Flock of Birds 6

Golden Yarrow in Sunlight

Two Hawks Fly by Power Lines

Hawks Gone Away

Two Chickens in Coop

Two Chickens Standing in Coop

Two Cozy Chickens Resting

— Photographs by Peter Y. Chou, June 12, 2011

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