Feather Falls Pt. 1 – On The Way

I recently went out to Feather Falls, which is east of Lake Oroville. On the way, I saw a cool native american site, fall colors, ladybug clusters and rock formations. I’ll have another post soon with the mushrooms I found and the falls, which is one of the tallest in the nation.

These boulders were used for centuries by native americans to grind acorns for meal
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You can see the indent where the ages of grinding have worn away the rock

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And this is the native oak’s acorn

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The trail is very pretty

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But watch out for the rocks

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The bridge was out on one of the trails, but they added some wood planks to make it a ladder

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I’m not sure what kind of berry this is, but it looks like a large currant

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Across the bridge is a gathering spot for ladybugs. They arrive in the mullions to escape the heat of the valley

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There weren’t that many out when I was around

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But they were all over this stump

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Close-up

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A dead tree, or snag. They are really great habitat for many animals

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A very old manzanita, which will regrow over dead wood

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The views in places were quite nice

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This is a large granite dome, similar to the ones in Yosemite. It formed in large lobes within volcanoes that eroded into today’s Sierra’s. They get exposed mostly next to large rivers that cut through the other, softer rocks

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A closer look

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And to show off how good my zoom is, here is the actual perspective

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The fall colors were showing, but nothing like some years. You can barely see the brown tinge to some of the trees

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A little easier to see here

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These cottonwoods or alders were loosing their leaves. Think I captured the motion of them falling here?

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A maple turning yellow

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A black oak, named for its bark, is one of the more vibrant ones in the right conditions (this was the only nice one I found)

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This bracken fern looked like a sunset

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And the actual sunset, I got going too late and had to walk a bit after it went down

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Next up: Mushrooms and Falls

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