After months of dry weather in what typically is our rainy period, we finally got a break, and have enjoyed several good rainstorms.
While it is not enough rain, and not enough snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, to end the drought in California, it's amazing how resilient nature is. Three weeks ago I could find NO blooming wildflowers in the woodlands, when I would have expected to see forget-me-knots, hounds-tongue, shooting stars and others. The hillsides were still brown with dried grasses when they should have been emerald green.
Now, a couple of weeks and a few days of rain later, the picture has changed. This is what Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in San Mateo County looked like on a hike last weekend: water flowing, trillium and redwood sorrel in bloom, and banana slugs out enjoying the dampness!