After the first very wet winter in a long time, it was deeply satisfying to see Cold Creek full of water and energy.
Little tributaries to Cold Creek were full of water, and an early wildflower (milk maids, Cardamine californica) was abundant along the trail.
The leaves of last spring’s foothill mule-ears (Wyethia helenoides) had dried so that only the veins were left, making a delicate lace.
It appears that toyons (Heteromeles arbutifolia) that resprouted after the fire did not flower their first spring. A toyon at the place where the trail crosses the creek had not burned and did produce fruit last fall.
I looked at the different patterns of regrowth in gray pine (Pinus sabiniana).
Toyon berries were the primary food in the scat of what was likely a gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), as it was left on a rock in the middle of the trail. It is possible that the scat was from a coyote (Canis latrans), but because gray foxes are known for finding prominent spots to mark with scat, fox is my first guess.