Photographer Frances Freyberg takes a field trip to Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

by Linda Hubbard on April 3, 2016

Menlo Park-based photographer continues her pursuit of photographing Spring blooms started at Filoli a few weeks back. Her recent field trip was to venture out to Pearson-Arastradero Preserve which was showing off its verdant green hills and wildflowers at the peak.

Arastradero verticalThe preserve is located just 10 minutes from west Menlo Park adjacent to Arastradero Rd. in Palo Alto. It varies in elevation from 275 feet in the northeast to 775 feet in the southwest.

There are 10.25 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding, some of which that close during the rainy season. It’s one of the few parks that allow leashed dogs, so you’ll encounter a lot of hikers with their canine companions.

Wildlife abounds on the preserve and it is not uncommon to see deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many varieties of birds, including an occasional group of wild turkeys. Each area of the preserve has something different to offer, whether it is a view of the bay, a quiet walk through the grasslands, or a snooze by the lake.

Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2016

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