Toro Park has the type of scenery and trees that I love about this part of California. The Coast Live Oak is an evergreen tree that can be shrubby or quite large with interesting, contorted multiple trunks.
California has its own native bush/tree with Christmas colours (oops, a Canadian spelling - I love it!). This tree is a Toyon. It is really more of a bush than a tree, but what great berries!
On the dead branches in the front of this picture, I saw wonderful orange lichens:
We are still in the dry part of the year here on the Central Coast. Soon the rains will come and all of this will turn green again. It took me a long time to appreciate the hills with this dry look, coming from Vermont. But now I love it. Here are a couple of samples:
The lovely, rounded shape of these live oaks is typical.
The tall trees on the right are Eucalyptus, long ago imported from Australia.