High above the valley, up in the Monte Bello preserve, the grass is golden brown, drooped down by the first of the autumn rains, ready to pass away in the winter cold. Standing high above them is a teasel head, saved from the ubiquitous deer by its spines. It stands proud, its seeds long gone, a reminder of the fruitful days of summer.
Teasel head in the Monte Bello preserve, off Page Mill Road, near Skyline.
Los Altos, California