Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point. Who could ever get tired of this view?Fort Point, San Francisco CAA re-edit of one of my favorite views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The arch over Fort Point was a last minute addition to the construction of the bridge. One of the other options was to destroy the fort. Glad they worked out a better solution.
Lunch with Percy. Tribute to Percy the Peacock at Filoli Gardens.Filoli, Woodside CAAnother throwback of Percy the Peacock of Filoli Gardens. He was mostly happy to pose for pictures. This is one of his good sides.
Peacock laying in leaves. Abstract of Percy from Filoli, may he rest in peace.Filoli, Woodside CAThrowback image of Percy the Peacock from Filoli gardens. He would hold court on the patio of the cafe and offices of the gardens. His story is legend. He was not a pet, or caged or contained in any manner. He came to Filoli from the area north of the estate, perhaps seeking a mate, and kind of staked his claim. He was never fed or cared for, he was wild and free, and came and went as he pleased. He was often quite eager to pose for pictures. Alas, we lost Percy sometime 2019.
Busy day at Linda Mar. Surfers, paddle boarder, waves, rocks and cliffs.Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica CAAlmost always a crowd of surfers at Linda Mar. This is a popular surfers beach with calm, mostly predictable waves. Great for an early morning ride, or even a quick lunchtime splash.
Landscape, cityscape, mountain-scape, cloud-scape. View east in the Sacramento valley toward the skyline of the city of Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada mountains.Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, El Macero CAI love the diversity of nature, And the proximity to large metropolitan areas thanks to the foresight of nature enthusiasts, hunters, politicians and rangers and naturalists who work together to create some wonderful pockets of wildlife right in our own backyard. Case in point, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife area.If you are traveling on Interstate 80 east from the San Francisco bay area, just past Davis the highway becomes a cantilever stretch of road for about 5 to 7 miles as it crosses over the great Sacramento Valley floodplain. This area is a low point where the rains from winter and the snow runoff from the Sierra mountains gather. Some of this land is utilized for agriculture like cattle grazing or rice growing. It is also utilized by hundreds of thousands of birds as they migrate with the seasons. The bypass also created an opportunity for a wildlife refuge and thus the Yolo Bypass Wildlife area was formed. The refuge covers about 16,000 acres and is the home or rest stop for countless birds and mammals accessible thanks to the caretakers at the California Fish and Game department.
Tulips open and closed. First of the Spring bloom.Filoli, Woodside CATulips. One open and revealing. One closed and covered. More Spring flora from Filoli. A true garden treasure in the bay area. We are so fortunate here, in that gardens and crops are able to grow and thrive from season to season. Filoli is a must see destination in each of the four seasons.
Seagull and suds. Early morning on the California coast.Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Pacifica CAGetting up and out before sunrise gives a photographer some great light to work with. Here’s a great example of light in the blue hour, that is approximately the hour just before the sun crests the horizon. The light is mostly full but the yellows and whites of the direct sunlight are absent giving everything a magical blue caste. At Gray Whale Cove that morning, the only living creatures on the beach visible were a fisherman, the seagulls and me. The waves were amazing with lace and foam.
Magenta Iceplant flower bud. Common plant on the California coast.Montara State Beach, Montara CAAs the wildflowers start to bloom on the California coast, you’ll find Iceplant in abundance. And now, in spring, the Iceplant flowers bud and open. Mostly magenta or yellow in color, the dots of color on the carpet of green plants is very pleasing. These plants originated in South Africa where the climate is very similar to California. And Iceplants were imported and planted as stabilizing ground cover for rail lines and highways starting around 1900.Since then Iceplant has pretty much taken over where original native plants once lived and bloomed. Nowadays, planting is discouraged due to their fast growth in favor of native ground cover.. The plants are so wide spread and ubiquitous on our highways and coast, complete eradication is pretty unlikely. Plus there is the inherent beauty of these vast areas of green and color to consider.
Brush rabbit on the trail. I’ll call him Peter.Montara State Beach, Montara CAWith Easter just around the corner, here’s an image to honor the day. I captured this guy right smack dab in the middle of the trail at Montara State Beach. I think I’ll call him Peter. The brush rabbit is common on the California coast. Their features include somewhat small ears, a compact/small body. On the cute scale, probably a 9. Easter of course celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, after his life and cruel death here on earth. But I’ve always wondered how the Easter Bunny fits in this holiday? The symbology doesn’t seem congruous. One explanation is that the rabbit is a symbol of Easter because of their renown quality of great fertility. Fertility being a symbol of new growth. But then why in parts of Germany, the fox brings the easter eggs? I don’t have any images of foxes (yet), so we’ll leave this discussion of another day. Suffice, Happy Easter.
Rocks, waves, spindrift, clouds. A spring day on the California coastPescadero State Beach, Pescadero CAA re-edit on an image I captured 3 years ago. This is one of my favorite spots, Pescadero State beach. On any given day, you can find great waves crashing on the rocks and the beach, harbor seals or sea lions basking on the rocks, multiples of sea birds from gulls to pelicans to terns, great weather from sunny blue skies to threatening dramatic clouds. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular. I live quite nearby, only about 30 minutes away. And until recently worked coastside which gave me plenty of opportunity to get out with my camera and get some great shots. I tried no to become complacent about the beauty easily within my reach.
Poison oak on a log. Hiking in Tilden ParkTilden Park, Oakland CAPoison oak is ubiquitous in the open space parks in the bay area and in northern California. You gotta keep an eye out. The rash that you potentially get can be quite troublesome. Easily identifiable, by the three leaves. This is a throwback image that I worked on to see if I could improve the original edit. Unfortunately, the original raw file is lost and all I could work on is the JPEG. Kinda removes a lot of options for improving on the original image. But finally, I switched to a black and white image, and the possibilities of improving on the edit started to increase. Not a whole lot, but enough to make me happy enough to include this photo from 2018 in my blog file. What do you think of the edit? Give me your thoughts on this image in the comments. I read every one. Thanks,
Seattle’s Great Wheel and skyline at dusk. Viewed from Puget Sound.Puget Sound, Seattle WAHere are a couple of throwback images from a visit to Seattle. On the ferry back from Bainbridge Island coming back to Seattle. The Great Wheel is an impressive addition to the waterfront and skyline. Very colorful. These giant ferris wheels are becoming quite popular tourist attractions, even here in San Francisco where our own SkyStar Wheel has just reopened for business. The second image is Seattle’s Great Wheel reflected on one of the sky scrapers that surround it. I love the abstract nature of this, almost Chihuly-esque.
Pot ‘o Tulips. Variegated red and white first of the season at FiloliWoodside CAThis pot looks like treasure at the end of a rainbow. Faith and begorrah, how do you say leprechaun in Dutch? Actually, the word in Dutch is Kabouter. And in the low countries, they are tiny and mischievous men with long beards and tall pointy red hats, not green like their Irish cousins. (think gnomelike) How far off topic can I get? These lovely variegated pink-red-white tulips, to me, look like Dutch treasure. The tulips are just starting at Filoli in Woodside. Be on the lookout for the next few weeks. Also watch out for tiny men in weird hats, just sayin.
Daffodil time. Harbinger of SpringWoodside CASpring wildflowers are just around the corner. In the garden, the harbinger of Spring for me is the daffodil. Followed by the tulip. Now is a good time to visit the daffodils at Filoli. The horticulturalists, gardeners, and staff work year round to put on display a wonderful variety of daffodils. So many colors, shapes and sizes. These with white tepals (a new term for me, a tepal is a petal that surrounds the outer whorl of a flower. So now you know.), and a lovely orange corona.
SalesForce Tower animation. Sunset and lights on a San Francisco cityscape.SalesForce Tower, San Francisco CASunset in the Financial District in San Francisco. As the daylight fades the city buildings start to light up. Offering colors and shadows and now animation on the peak of the SalesForce tower. The animations are the creations of artist Jim Campbell and is an ongoing, ever changing animations are derived and culled from various video cameras placed throughout the city. The art represents daily life in San Francisco. Just what this animation depicts I am not clear. There are cameras in Golden Gate Park, so perhaps this images is one of the bison in the Paddock at the western portion of the park. Who knows? What other daily images of large farm animals can be found in the city? Your thoughts?