Hiking in Tennessee Valley

It is spring time in Marin county and I have frequently been hiking in the Marin Headlands which is about a 10 minute drive from where I live. I take the Tennessee Valley trail that leads you straight to a little beach also called Tennessee that is  very secluded and very peaceful during the week. The hike to the beach takes about 30 minutes and it is a great trail to run on because of the uphill elevation.

Everything is bloom, and lush and green from all the recent rain we’ve had. I encountered a huge bush of golden pussy willow (above picture). These trees can reach over 10 ft. tall and the stems dry quite nicely.

Orange poppies sprouting up everywhere. I love the way the bud shape looks before the flower has opened. Reminds me of a tightly wound orange acorn teetering on a stem..

The flower on the right is purple but reminds me very much of a Texas blue bonnet. I am missing all the Texas wildflowers that are blooming alongside the highways at the moment…But in Texas calla lilies(above right) don’t grow wild like they do in California. I used to pay 7 dollars a stem for white calla lilies, and here they are commonly growing wild. I don’t mind that one bit.

The red flower on the left is growing alongside the trail and I have no idea what it is called. I’m thinking I may need to get a book about the local flora and fauna here in Marin…just a thought, I have many.

Needless to say Nature is incredibly inspiring. I am charmed by the random order in which plants and flowers grow in the wild. Organic landscape design that happens with ease in nature is very fascinating.