We often go on a hike on a nice weekend morning. It is our favorite place to spend a few idle hours, peaceful, quiet, yet full of color, sound and movement.
Walking along a winding hillside path, we enjoy sweeping views of South Bay Area on one side...
And The Santa Cruz mountains on the other, restful and refreshing, with every shade of cool green and grey, and an intricate pattern of textures.
The hills are silent, and the air is still, yet we are being carefully watched.
There are so many things to see, if you walk slowly and quietly. The wildflowers are blooming after the winter rains.
There are lots of California poppies by the path.
They look lovely in their natural environment.
We are but passing visitors, our presence short and without a trace.
We will leave, and our patient hosts will go on with their lives.
But for us, a pleasant memory of a quiet weekend walk will remain.