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Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike. They've actually stayed open this whole time by requiring reservations to limit the number of people on the grounds at a time. (Also face masks, distancing, and closing off benches and some sections.)

Ironically there were more people there than I usually see. The limits must be against an increased demand due to the fact that they were actually open!

Some flowers and a tree that puts out deep red leaves in spring. It wasn't labeled, but I think it's a Krauter Vesuvius plum. Lit from the front the leaves are a deep purple. Lit from behind they're this super-bright red.

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Some of the local wildlife spotted at the gardens.

I didn't have much luck photographing this time, but I did catch some good shots of this one. Though I'm not sure what it is. Maybe a warbler?

This was one of three that scattered as I approached a trail junction. The other two hid. This one froze. It blended in very well!

And while I *saw* lots of , this mourning cloak is the only one that held still long enough for me to get a .

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