Directions

Margot on Albany Hill

I could go north, that might be fun

Or I could go south into the wind

Perhaps east into the heat

Or maybe west into the fog

All directions seem good

They all interest me

Or I could just sit still and ponder

Let the directions flow by me, through me, over me, under me

The directions will always be there

I will wait until I know which direction I want to go

-Margot Cunningham

albany-hill-view

Half-empty or half-full?

sun cups blooming near rocks in NE meadowAlbany Hill

sun cups blooming

Sadness is in the sun cup shaded by weeds

the elderberry tree draped in cape ivy

the coast live oak strangulated by Algerian ivy

the sagebrush shaded by eucalyptus

the French broom marching over the meadow

the trail overgrown with poison oak and other plants

the numbered days of the mules ears and poppies blooming in a vacant lot

ivy growing up mature oaks

ivy growing up oaks

Happiness is in the sun cup continuing to bloom despite the weeds around it

the elderberry tree growing leaves and flowers despite the cape ivy covering it

the coast live oak standing tall despite the ivy crawling up its trunk

the sagebrush growing and flowering despite being shaded by eucalyptus

the meadow with flowers blooming despite the advancing broom

the trail still passable despite the overgrowth

the mules ears and poppies continuing to bloom in the vacant lot despite their numbered days

-Margot Cunningham

trail through oak woodland

trail through oak woodland near bottom E side Albany Hill

Leaves

chaparral currant leaves

leaves of chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum var. malvaceum)

horkelia calif v calif

California horkelia (Horkelia californica var. californica)

Curly leaves

Flat leaves

Hairy leaves

Smooth leaves

Grooved leaves

Wiry leaves

Palmate leaves

Divided leaves

Leave them be

-Margot Cunningham

Carex sp.SE mdw

sedge (Carex sp.)

native rose

native rose (Rosa californica)

Taking Root

I am of you, for you, with you
You are beside me, beneath me, above me
I can’t move, I can only think
Thoughts move me to a warm place
This place is my home
I am home in this place
I feel my soul touching the ground, taking root
I sprout new shoots from this ground
Nourished by rain and humus
Summer may come and dry up my shoots
But my roots have taken hold in this earth

-Margot Cunningham

soap roots emerging, NE side, Albany Hill

soap root leaves emerging, NE side, Albany Hill

January 28 work party

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oak woodland on east side of Albany Hill after ivy removed

 

Last Saturday of the month work party, January 28, 9:30am-11:30am. Join us for a morning of planting monkeyflowers grown from seed collected on Albany Hill as well as pulling ivy. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek. Heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 morning of work party if unsure.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

New Year’s Eve Work Party

pulling broomJackson St, Albany Hill
event with Friends of Albany Parks

pulling broom on Jackson St

Last Saturday of the month (and the year!) work party, December 31, 9:30am-12:00pmEnjoy nature on the hill as we pull broom and small eucalyptus and plant a few natives grown from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the end of Jackson St. (turnaround). Heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 the morning of work party if unsure.
Directions: From San Pablo Ave in Albany go west on either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, Washington, or Castro St. After 3 blocks go right (north) on Jackson and follow to end. The trail from the east side of Albany Hill through the oak woodland comes out at the end of Jackson St as well.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com