Northern California has been blessed with a good rainy season, and the Bay Area is emerald green. Time to head to Briones!
Briones Regional Park was once part of a large Rancho; the cattle are still here. During the rainy season, the hills turn so green they almost look fake (no HDR in these photos). I was glad to visit the park with everything was so green since it's only for the moment; soon it will be golden brown.
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This was taken from Old Briones Trail Road, not far from the staging area.
Rolling Hills of Briones
Southern Sindicich Lagoon
There are two Sindicich lagoons; this is the southern one. It's near ridgeline, adjacent to Briones Crest trail.
This was taken where Black Oak Trail descends steeply to Old Briones Road Trail and Bear Creek valley.
Lush Valley Floor
The valley floors were marshy and vibrantly green.
Briones Crest Trail
Bear Creek Valley
Old Briones Road trail can be seen running along the valley floor.
The Briones crest ridgeline is an undulating wall of green.