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Kukutali Rambling

I rambled through the Kukutali Preserve yesterday.  Today I'll ramble a bit about what I saw there.  After non-stop sunshine during most of July, the morning gave us an overcast sky with temperatures around 60 °  F, 15° C.  Rain was threatened, but mostly to the south.  By my reckoning, this is perfect weather for both hiking and photography. As I set off, I was greeted by Kukutali Kitty who gave me a welcoming rub on the ankle.  My ownership had been established. Hiking along the road, the first thing I noticed was all the summer fruiting going on.  Left to right from top to bottom: Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) Hamalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor, R. armeniacus)  Introduced invasive Nootka Rose ( Rosa nutkana) Salal (Gaultheria shallon) Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) Baldhip Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa) It is not uncommon to find feral apple trees around here that have escaped cultivation. We ar