This morning I stopped by a place I haven’t visited for a few months – the San Joaquin Nature Preserve. The first thing I noticed as soon as I pulled into the parking lot was the completely dried out first pond, full of high vegetation. The last time I was here it was half full of water and had lots of small birds in it. Not this time. But it was still very pretty with the fall colors.

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I walked through the butterfly garden first, but it wasn’t in season. This super tall (sycamore?) tree at the entrance of the garden did look pretty awesome.

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At the next pond I saw dozens of white pelicans resting on a small island.