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Shepherd Canyon Spring, While It Lasts

Like many Montclarions, we drive up and down Shepherd Canyon all the time.  It’s easy to forget all the preservation efforts, especially the push back on California Highway 77 decades ago.  With time to spare (or kill), we took a quick turn up Escher to appreciate the peaceful park.

These days, you can get your Shepherd Canyon spring while it lasts!  The park radiated lushness late yesterday.  Plenty of water flowed in the creek, the trails felt damp, and the greenery exploded everywhere.  This scene seemed perfect looking down into the park.

We walked down the trail and were amazed by the range of greens and yellows, especially from the blossoming trees and glistening grass underfoot.  It helped that the photo below was taken near that “bewitching hour,” when the colors seemed crisper.

In fact, the color palate just kept changing and looking glorious.   A couple and their baby were posing in the grass for a professional photographer.  Even a non-pro, like your faithful blogger, was able to capture this landscape painting.

We visited this little park when it was virtually empty.  There were a couple of young guys playing Tarzan across the creek, as well as a daughter who dallied in an inner-tube swing while her father cheered her.

This scene could have played fifty-odd years ago.

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3 Responses to “Shepherd Canyon Spring, While It Lasts”


  1. March 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

    These are beautiful pictures! You really captured the colors nicely. Many people drive by and just think of Shepherd Canyon Park as the soccer field. It is that, and so much more. There’s 34 acres, now with some nice trails. The historic railroad trail on the north side of Shepherd Canyon Road, which joins the Escher loop on the south side of Shepherd Canyon Road, and the meadows above the soccer field where you took these pictures. All very nice.

  2. 2 Cheeyan Ong
    March 18, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I would like to commend Mike Petouhoff of the Shepherd Canyon Homeowner’s Association, the SCHA board members and volunteers for the wonderful work done in the Shepherd Canyon Park. They have worked endlessly and wholeheartedly turning the park into what it is today. Needless to say, they are continuing with their efforts with more work to be done… now and the future.

    Thank you SCHA!!


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