Deer Creek Hills Preserve, just north of Rancho Murietta in eastern Sacramento County (California), is open for visitors to walk the trails on Saturday mornings in spring and fall (see the Events calendar at Sacramento Valley Conservancy to register). This was my first visit, last weekend, and probably not the last.
It’s a gently rolling landscape.
Blue Oaks (Quercus douglassii), a California endemic
Lupinus bicolor, a small annual lupine
Another common spring annual, Butter-and-Eggs or Johnny-Tuck (Triphysaria eriantha … used to be an Orthocarpus)
A seasonal stream
More blue oaks
A large vernal pool