Brandy Maldonado

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Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Classics, Non Fiction, Graphic Novels

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Seven Magnificent Adventures
The Park Image: Black hawk trail, Mount Madonna. ©Brandy Maldonado. Littered with majestic redwood and oak forests, the Mt. Madonna County Park has over 4,500 acres of land. Hikers and horseback riders have access to 14 miles of trails, including a self guided nature trail, a reservable amphitheater and over 100 campsites.The Mount Madonna County park is also one of three county parks that have an archery range available for public use. The archery range is open 7 days a week except for the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information on archery, take a look at...Read more...
Plants growing in moist ground in the park
What to do Before Summer Ends Image: Uvas Canyon County Park ©Brandy Maldonado With the summer at an end and the school year around the corner, you may be scrambling to check off a few more outdoor summer activities. Have no fear; your local librarian is here with family fun suggestions! Camping is a great activity to do with the family. On a camping trip families can explore the wonders of nature and learn basic outdoor safety skills together. Take the family for a hike while discovering native plants and settle in for the night with campfire songs. Here are...Read more...
Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park Image: South Grizzly Flat Trail overlook ©Brandy Maldonado The Upper Stevens Creek County park is over 1,000 acres located in the Santa Cruz mountains. This park has 12.6 miles of trails that are available to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and those who just love the great outdoors! This densely wooded park has a variety of redwoods, douglass fir and other Santa Cruz native plants. To discover more about Santa Cruz forests check out these materials found at your local San Jose Public library: The Hike Image: North Grizzly Flat Trail, accompanied by wild turkey. ©Brandy Maldonado This trail is...Read more...
Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park Image: Coyote Creek Parkway, Coyote Creek Trail. 2019 Pix in Parks photo op. ©Brandy Maldonado. Coyote Creek Parkway has over 15 miles of scenic views following the Coyote Creek. This park has paved walkways that allow hikers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters to enjoy the great outdoors. Located between San Jose and the city of Morgan Hill, Coyote Creek Parkway is north of Coyote Hellyer County park and south of the Anderson Lake County park. With paved trails, and ample space for pedestrian traffic, this park is perfect for those who enjoy running outdoors. Here are some books you...Read more...
Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park Image: Grant Lake ©Brandy Maldonado Located in the east of the Santa Clara Valley, the Grant County Park offers landscape views of the foothills. At the park you will see vast grasslands peppered with large oak trees and cows grazing lazily. Enjoy peaceful hikes as you take in all nature has to offer. Joseph D. Grant County Park is a 10,882 acre open space resource that allows various activities year around. These activities include mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and warm water fishing. There are over 50 miles of trails available to hikers, horseback riders and leashed...Read more...
The Park Martial Cottle Park Entrance ©Brandy Maldonado With 287 acres, this south San Jose park offers various activities for you and the family to enjoy. The Martial Cottle park has paved walkways that allow runners, walkers, bikers, and skaters to enjoy the great outdoors safely. The interactive play area introduces children to life size farm animals and farming methods. This urban park celebrates sustainable farming processes and highlights innovations in organic farming. Located at the south entrance of the park is the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Community Education Center . At the Education Center you can...Read more...
Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park 2019 Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Pix in Parks Challenge photo op ©Brandy Maldonado Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is located east of Gilroy. This park has over 6,500 acres for recreational use! This park includes picnic areas, campsites; hiking trails and a 449 acre lake for fishing or boating! This park is the epitome of being outside and is a great way to acquaint yourself with nature. The Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is well known for it's abundance of wildlife. At the park you may find wild pigs, cattle, western pond turtles, deer, turkey, bald eagles, tiger salamander...Read more...
Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
Here I am at the Santa Teresa County Park, Stile Ranch to Fortini Trail. 2018 Pix in Parks Challenge photo op. ©Brandy Maldonado. If you love hiking, you've been waiting for the weather to clear to get back outside! Ready or not, it is time to get back to the great outdoors! Let's go for a hike! Hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors with friends, family or solo! Since moving to the bay area I have tried my best to take advantage of all the local hiking spots. There is a lot of hiking available to...Read more...
hatching baby ostriches
Ostriches are worlds the largest non-flying bird and lay the largest eggs. A female ostrich can lay up to twelve eggs that can each weigh up to 40 to 70 ounces each. When ostriches reached their peak popularity in the early 1900’s, ostrich eggs were sold alongside their feathers in stores as a novelty. Image: Portrait of a young woman, History San Jose Photographic Collection , History San Jose. Ostrich feathers have been in the fashion industry for centuries. African and European countries have used ostrich feathers in apparel and in jewelry. In the early 1900’s there were only 3...Read more...