On Sunday I made it back out to Annadel, freshly recovered from the poison-oak (if by recovered you mean large red swaths of new skin where the blistery rash used to be).
Along the Orchard Trail I found this manzanita tree with the richest maroon bark, and some interesting lichen and moss growth. I managed to get this shot which I especially like because of the shortened depth of field.
Of course the next day, my “healed” poison-oak started itching around my ankles, either because a) I reinfected myself, b) the poison-oak has gone airborne c) my hiking socks are still tainted with urushiol d) or the lingering poison-oak in my body got all excited about being within a leg’s brush of its Toxicodendron brothers and sisters.
Luckily, no rash has yet developed, though I went right out and stocked up on Tecnu for the post-hike detox, Domeboro, and Benedryl. I’m thinking I’m going to throw away my hiking socks and put the Tecnu in the car. In the meantime, I’m just starting to deal with being a little itchy all the time.