Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Not Rodin's "The Thinker"

Not Rodin's "The Thinker". In fact it's my friend, Bob H, at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park this morning.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pelican Life

Lacking arms and knees, Pelicans are forced to fly onto the pipe from the water. A bit of a chore! On the other hand (hand?), flying must be a real gas (gas?).

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bewick's Wren

First Bewick's Wren I've ever seen, only to learn that they are not that rare. Not a great shot! I also heard that it's pronounced "Buick", which I thought was an automobile. I'll keep you posted on any new developments!

test dog

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Leaf trying to look like poodle.

Friday, July 27, 2012


"How's the Water"?


"How's the water?"

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Earthquake Trail

There is something magical and mysterious about the Earthquake Trail in the early morning. It is so quiet that you can hear every little rustle of a bird moving in the trees. The sun illuminates leaves and grass in a very special way. And this is what I tried to catch in my picture of the fern.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Unconcerned Cormorant

The Cormorant is not at all bothered by the Pelican's antics. Her/his body-language says "Leave me alone, don't you see I jes' wanna sit and think!".

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Yesterday I was taking pictures of the Flea Market at the Mill Valley Community Center for PATCH. I kinda liked the attached picture and thought you might like it too.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pink on Pink

Waiting my turn at the CVS Pharmacy, I was struck by the lady in pink standing in the pink square. The more pictures I take, the more photo-opps seem to pop up!


After weeks of fruitless searching for owls in Marin County, I ran across this one, quite by accident, in San Francisco's Mission District. Which proves, once again, that if you learn to relax, rather than stress out, good things will come to you.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Them Wuz The Days!

A blast from the past! Sorry, but I don't remember when or where!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


When I see the grass in Point Reyes, I'm always reminded of Albrecht Duerer's unbelievably beautiful paintings.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I could be a Stay-at-Home Photographer

Once again (yesterday) I need not have left the sanctity of my apartment in search of photo-opps. After an uneventful, dreary morning at the Ponds, I found this moth waiting for me at my apartment entrance.
Alas, my insect-library did not reveal the identity of my visitor. No matter. She/he is a beaut, and hasn't moved since being photographed.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Parental Indulgence

This scene reminded me of our own teenagers!
Picture taken yesterday, from "our" bench, around the corner from the Point Reyes Station Bovine Bakery.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Bet you didn't know that a baby rabbit is called a "kit". But it is and that's what I saw on the Earthquake Trail in Point Reyes this morning. Not just one, but three. They hadn't learned to stay away from people yet, and came hopping toward me. Once again, luck was on my side! Cute, huh?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My Thoughts Precisely!

I generally don't like to copy the work of others, but here I couldn't help myself. Perhaps I'm a curmudgeon, but, despite being very fond of my iPhone (which I use very judiciously), I really do get ticked-off at people yelling into their phones, ignoring their babies and/or their dinner-partners. I forget where I spied the sign, all I had was my iPhone, and I was unable to position myself for a better shot! But I know that all of you are forgiving creatures!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Population Increase

While the number of birds has seasonally decreased at the Ponds, the number of Pelicans has increased. I took this picture a couple of days ago. Unfortunately I couldn't get the birds to pose for me. They were just too busy preening.
Lesson for today ~~~ a group of Pelicans is called a pod. Yes, there will be a test!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Not a great picture of, what I think is, an adult female Anna's Hummingbird. Exciting, because it's the first one to have visited my feeder in half a year.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Art to Wear

Seen at the Ponds yesterday. My reaction ~ WOW!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This Morning at the Ponds

American White Pelican
L 62", WS 108", Wt 16.4 lb
Canada Goose
L 38", WS 55", Wt 7.7 lb

Monday, July 9, 2012

Feeding Time

This morning, at the Ponds, I watched some Swallows sitting on a wire. After a while I realized that these were actually babies, waiting to be fed. Every bit as big as their parents, they flapped their wings and twittered (they did not tweet) for food. And sure enough, they were fed, each parent knowing exactly which offspring was theirs! In teenager-speak "wow", or "awesome"!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Seeing is Believing

The Ponds didn't yield anything of interest this morning, so I dug around in my files, and found ...................... this picture from my last trip to China. The calendar read 29 April 2001 and my old friend, Gu Hao, took me to Suzhou, a city not far from Shanghai. And this is where I saw, and photographed, an incredible show - photo attached.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's a Bird....It's a Plane....It's Superman

A quiet morning at the Ponds. 14 Pelicans, 2 Kites, and the usual assortment of Canada Geese and Mallards.
Suddenly an apparition in the sky. Coming from about the San Rafael Airport it slowly descended in the direction of Hamilton. Of course I took several pictures, then rushed home to the security of Wikipedia's lap. I think what I had seen was a powered paraglider. If your curiosity has been aroused, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_paragliding

Friday, July 6, 2012


Meet Rosie, the Tarantula, with apologies to the other Rosie. This Rosie is a friend's pet, lives in a tank and eats live grasshoppers. There's a lot to learn about Tarantulas. If you are interested, click on http://insects.about.com/od/spiders/a/10-facts-about-tarantulas.htm

Thursday, July 5, 2012

More Market Street

Noah's New York Bagels.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


A woman in San Francisco had an enemy she wanted rubbed out. So she talked to a friend who, she knew, had Mafia connections. He told her that Arti, a Mafioso back East, owed him a favor and would do the job for a Dollar. The woman was overjoyed. Arti came to S. F., snuck into the man's apartment and waited. The man entered, Arty strangled him and was about to leave, when another man appeared. So Arti strangled him too.
Next day the newspaper headline read ................. ARTICHOKES, 2 FOR A DOLLAR.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LLet There Be Music

Serenading pedestrians on Market Street.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Plain Folks

Here's a rather pedestrian picture of pedestrians on Market Street, heading toward the Ferry Building. Perhaps, some day, I'll set my camera on a tripod, and take a picture of the same scene every three or four minutes. People are kinda interesting.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


When Bee Honeycomb meets Photoshop meets Art.
As seen at the Marin County Fair.