Cerro Alto early Summer beauty
below are photos of the Madrone tree shedding . This tree is native to the north coast and produces beautiful hard wood , it also produces a berry in the fall that wild life love to eat . Native Americans also ate the berry .
Below is a photo of leafs on a Bay Laurel tree , This leaf is used as a seasoning , The berry / seed is eaten by wild life , and in the fall the berry drops to the ground and then it is edible for humans as the natives of long ago ate this as a supplement food and used it for medicinal purposes making a topical ointment for skin and joint ailments . Good medicine for poison oak .
Below is a Bay Laurel leaf and berry / seed
The Wood Pecker was shot with a small point and shoot camera from a distance of approx. 200 ft. I got lucky .
Note that these photos were made late into the evening as the heat wave made me hike late for the past ten days in order to enjoy some cooler weather . A couple I hiked late into the night . 9 and 10 PM>