Riley Wilderness Park – 2012

The following images were taken prior to the severe drought declared in 2014.

These were captured in March of 2012 which exemplify a more lush park.  This is in part due to March being the tail end of our rainy season and it was prior to the onset of an oncoming drought in the years ahead.  The images below also include the park’s only pond called “Dry Pond” during a period when it contained water.  I’ve also included view images taken from the top of the Vista Ridge Trail and images from the back end of Oak Canyon Trail along with various wildlife found in the park.

Skink Vista - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Skink Vista – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

Vista Ridge Trail - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Vista Ridge Trail – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

Vista Ridge Trail - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Vista Ridge Trail – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

White-crowned Sparrow - Riley Wilderness Park
White-crowned Sparrow – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Yellow-rumped Warbler – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

White-tailed Rabbit at the Butterfly Garden - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
White-tailed Rabbit at the Butterfly Garden – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012

 

Western Swallowtail - on Oak Canyon Trail - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Western Swallowtail – on Oak Canyon Trail – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Great Egret with reptile at Dry Pond - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Great Egret with reptile at Dry Pond – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Dry Pond (pre drought) - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Dry Pond (pre drought) – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Mule Deer Trail - Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012
Mule Deer Trail – Photo taken at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, CA on March 12, 2012