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2021 November 7

Secret Walks: Pogonip

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On Saturday 30 October, my wife and I chose to do a longer walk, as we had done a short one the previous week.  We chose the Downtown-Pogonip loop from Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz, by Debbie Bulger and Richard Stover, but we  rotated the walk to start at the closest point to us (King and Storey).  The walk in the book is 6.3 miles, and our getting to and from it added 1.2 miles making a total of 7.5 miles.


This burl at the base of a redwood tree often has interesting things in it—here we seem to have a Halloween shrine.


There was only one little free library on this walk, and it did not have much in it.


I guess the wait in line from August 16 was a little too long for one of the Parks and Recreation classes.


The bark of the kapok tree in front of City Hall is quite impressive.


Here is a view of the public library across the courtyard from City Hall. The library will probably get torn down in a few years, when a new library gets built. (There is some controversy over the new library, as it is more parking garage than library, and there is environmental opposition to yet another parking garage.)


Here is the smaller courtyard inside City Hall. We don’t often get to see the fountain running, because of the drought.


One of the arcades at City Hall.


This is supposedly a bunya-bunya tree—I don’t know enough about Australian trees to verify that and I’ve never seen the huge cones from it that bunya-bunya trees supposedly produce.


I’ve always liked the way that redwood-tree burls encroach on sidewalks (like here on Chestnut Street), though it does require a wide sidewalk to still allow foot traffic and wheelchairs.


The spire and finial on this building are always somewhat surprising—the whole building is a weird mixture of styles, but much of it is hard to photograph, because of sidewalk trees.


I believe that this is a monkey-puzzle tree—in the same genus as the bunya-bunya, but from South America (Chile) rather than Australia.


This conifer (pine?) has rather decorative bare branches—I don’t know whether that is normal or a result of the stress of the current drought.


This building is supposedly the oldest frame house in Santa Cruz, built around 1850. (The nearby Neary-Rodriguez Abode is the oldest building, built around 1810.)


This grand entrance to what used to be the Holy Cross School now leads to parish administration offices. The school is in a much uglier building on the other side of Mission Plaza.


These silhouettes are just a small sample of the public art at the Tannery Art Complex—a live-work complex for artists.


This sculpture/mural is one of the most unusual of the new crop of ocean-themed murals around town.


The octopus sculpture on the bench is particularly fine.


The other side of the octopus scuplture.


After going through the Tannery Arts Complex, the route goes up Golf Club Drive, which leads rather abruptly from the urban feel of the bus maintenance yards to a very rural feel, with the transition about at this old railroad bridge (which the Roaring Camp tourist railroad still traverses).


Here is a view of the Tannery buildings from the Pogonip, zoomed in a bit so that buildings are recognizable. The day was very hazy—this photo has already had Photoshop’s haze removal done to it!


These seem to be cotoneaster berries (rather than toyon or pyracantha), based on the smooth-edged leaves and the lack of thorns.


More berries from the same plant.


Here is a view down from the derelict Pogonip Clubhouse.


I liked the color and texture contrasts of these branches.


More nice color contrasts.


View across what used to be the polo fields.


Paths through the redwoods always seem so inviting.


Someone has been busy building this stone spiral.


These shelf mushrooms are each about 25cm across.


I like this sculpture, which seems very in keeping with the modern house behind it.

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