A Walk in the Weird among Sycamores

Our walk begins at Sycamore Pool in Bidwell Park.  X marks the spot.sycamore pool 6142A creek runs through the pool, bringing salmon upstream to spawn.

lower bidwell park reflections 040Be there dragons upstream?  Not unless they’re dragonflies.

hollow sycamore 3885Let’s stop for weird lunch in a hollow sycamore.

European sycamores, AKA plane trees, stand at attention like soldiers along streets.  Our native sycamores are undisciplined and sprawling.western sycamore 018 And interesting.

What’s for weird lunch?

HPIM2580 How about salad, growing from a hollow stump?

And some hard eggs from the hole?rocks in sycamore 4666Rock eggs, that is.

We leave our weird lunch to visit a weird fellow–not a dragon but a preying mantis.maybe california preying mantis 4188This creature can stand upright, sideways, or upside down.  In this topsy-turvy world, he’s quite comfortable.

And a topsy-turvy world it is.   At least farther upstream in the upper park, beyond the sycamore trees. trail along gorge

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