Buck’s Creek Trail

Along Silva Valley Parkway in the El Dorado Hill’s Serrano neighborhood is a lovely, scenic trail within a nature preserve. It’s a surprising breath of fresh air in the midst of busy Silva Valley Road and Serrano Parkway. I found the trail to be well maintained with clear paths, markers, and foot bridges. Parking spots were plentiful at the El Dorado Hills library right across the street. My dog, Gemma, and I had the trails mostly to ourselves on this gray January afternoon as we walked along, discovering ponds, small waterfalls, wild life and many birds.IMG_7381IMG_7385IMG_7388IMG_7390IMG_7396The photo below shows the reflection of the tree’s branches in the pond water.
IMG_7398I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the stately, magnificent oaks. I would have loved to climb this one and sit reading a book all afternoon. See all the low swooping branches? Some of them nearly touch the ground. 
IMG_7391IMG_7404IMG_7414Here’s another gorgeous old oak that I admired.IMG_7405As I approached the tree I noticed something special in the bark!IMG_7393Someone’s been making a tree fort in this one.IMG_7412IMG_7420 And yep, here it is…even a heart rock along the trail! What fun!IMG_7411“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle