Clear Creek – Contrasting Beauty

I went hunting for minerals on some BLM land with my dad last year in the late spring in San Benito County. It was a dreary day, but we found some really cool rocks (apologies that I was not able to get good shots of those).

It is a pretty stark landscape (especially during the summer)

The ground is mostly crumbling serpentine and other rare rocks and minerals, it has been mined for many things for over 100 years, but I still found some pretty, it had rained and the rocks were all clean and dazzling

Lots of interesting formations

They have closed off a large part of the area to ATVs

A shame really, those would have made our mineral hunt much, much more successful

Lots of erosion

On the way out, there were tons of great scenes, including this red barn

And even some flowers

Lots of yellow and orange

But some purple too

My second favorite shot of the day

California lilac in bloom, or Ceanothus

Interesting pink lupine

Goodbye

 

We also stopped at a fossil site up the highway

Didn’t find too much besides great views, but the fossils are in that white band of sedimentary rocks, this used to be a seabed

Next up, lots of wildflowers!

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