Los Vaqueros north entrance opening

Los Vaqueros has been closed for over a year due to an expansion project of the dam. They opened the park up for one day of free admission and festivities. Below is a few snapshots of the day.

Red tailed hawk take off

Tarantula hawk
Looking up at a mighty blue oak
Ohlone Indian showing the craft of sifting mashed acorns to make acorn flower
Closeup of a soaproot brush used by the indians to sweep acorn flour remnants from the baskets
The soaproot bulb used to make the glue for the handle
Ohlone indian demonstration how to make twine cordage from the California native dogbane or Indian hemp. Stronger than cotton cordage.
Not sure of the type of oak here but I loved the cast shadow it made in the noon day sun against the hill.

9 thoughts on “Los Vaqueros north entrance opening

  • July 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wonderful captures, Eloine. That tarantula hawk is stunning – in more ways than one.

  • July 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

    A lot of fine and interesting pics.
    The demonstration of twine cordage reminds me of the artisanal production in the village were I was born.In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century they had a system basically with a handwheel and labourers(children) walking back to twist the hemp.

  • July 17, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Some very amazing pictures!

  • July 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Oh, Vaqueros is such a special place. Great shot of the RT hawk! GG!

  • July 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Wonderful photos, Eloine. You are the master of that D7000, assuming that is what you used! Fine work!

  • July 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Fabulous set of photos, Eloine! Great Hawk and wasp(ish thing) shots. I love seeing about the Ohlone Indian demonstrations.

  • July 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    The hawk photo was pretty amazing! Nice work

  • July 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Super shot of the red-tail hawk and the tarantula hawk.

  • July 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Beautiful set Eloine! Sorry it took me so long to get around to viewing this!

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