Posts tagged “Horseshoe Lake

chasing the moon

The Super Moon is ever so slightly bigger from our viewpoint, but also it is up at dusk, so the goal was to try to get a nice reflective water shot with the moon. But we were kicked out of parks at dusk, along with many other tripod-carrying moon-chasers. These photos are from two evenings of moon-chasing: Alviso and Horseshoe Lake Open Space Preserve.

Horseshoe Lake at dusk

We’ve been there a couple of times before. The coots were having little races on the water.


hikes in northern california

091126_4691 Here are photos from a couple of nice weekend hikes.

First, here’s a new moose we found in town. Not sure why he is there, but it is interesting. He is not anywhere close to life-size.

We found a trail near Sanborn Park, Saratoga, CA that led to a small lake. We found one of those native newts that are toxic if eaten. It’s a
Taricha torosa torosa – Coast Range Newt, on his way to the water. The photo with a hand is included to get a sense of scale. He isn’t a little tiny salamander, but pretty substantial.



And we revisited Horseshoe Lake, in between rains.

I tried an ND8 filter, and long exposures, but didn’t get quite the effects that I wanted. The left side of this photo is taken at a shorter exposure than the right side, and you can see that clearly in the water. It’s because of a low battery. I was lucky to get the left side of the photo at all. Apparently the long exposures use up the battery at a high rate. I’ll have to try this all over again.

Horseshoe Lake

We did a short easy hike in the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve with a group, around Horseshoe Lake. The lake is named because of its shape.

We saw

  • brown teasel plants that were used as hairbrushes or to card wool,
  • a white flower that smelled like maple syrup and we were told was called ‘Everlasting’.
  • deer paths,
  • poison oak,
  • what I think is lace lichen on the trees,
  • a blue damselfly,

and on the way back we stopped at the legendary Alice’s restaurant but it was too full.