Friday, June 21, 2013

Thinking of Hans...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Re: Hans Roenau Passing

Oh my goodness! Hans was one of my favorite people in Marin, without a doubt. I'm going to post something on all of our Marin Patch sites as he was a longtime and frequent contributor. He will be sorely mossed, both professionally and personally.


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On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM, <> wrote:
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Hans. He passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday May 19th.
We are planning to have a celebration of life towards the end of July. We will send out a notification when the time and place have been determined.
The Roenau family....

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Hans. He passed away peacefully

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Hans. He passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday May 19th.
We are planning to have a celebration of life towards the end of July. We will send out a notification when the time and place have been determined.
The Roenau family....

(no subject)

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Hans. He passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday May 19th.
We are planning to have a celebration of life towards the end of July. We will send out a notification when the time and place have been determined.
The Roenau family....

Hans Roenau Passing

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Hans. He passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday May 19th.
We are planning to have a celebration of life towards the end of July. We will send out a notification when the time and place have been determined.
The Roenau family....

Monday, May 6, 2013

Grasses at the Ponds

Grasses at the Ponds

Sunday, May 5, 2013

64,000 Drachmas Question

How did this Greco-Roman sculpture get to Stinson Beach?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mourning Dove

A few days ago, my Greenbrae friends, Dave and Linda, alerted me to this Mourning Dove (or Turtle Dove), sitting in its nest on top of a porch light. A couple of days ago a baby was hatched. When I rushed over, the mother was doing guard duty nearby. I'll keep an eye on the nest in the hope of seeing the offspring.
Meanwhile I got educated and learned:
that males and females work together to feed their new babies something called "crop milk" or "pigeon milk" for the first few days of their life. Rich in protein and fat, it resembles cottage cheese, is secreted by the adults' crop lining, and is regurgitated to the little ones. Weaning is fast, though—by the fourth day of life, the diet starts to segue to seeds, and by two weeks, the youngsters are nearly fledged.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Egret Feather

I don't need no camera!!
Instead I merely scanned this feather against a black background. And I have some ideas of what can be done along these lines. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Actinemys marmorata

Here's a Western Pond Turtle at Lake Lagunitas on Mount Tamalpais. A federally listed "vulnerable species", it is the only fresh water turtle native to California.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

More Flags

Let's hear it for the Red, White, and Blue!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2:24:53 pm, April17, 2013

San Francisco Ferry Building as seen from the second floor of Autodesk on Market Street.

Monday, April 29, 2013


String of flags flown from a sailboat docked at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. In the background is Racoon Strait, lying between Tiburon and Angel Island.
And, since you asked ~ In 1814, the British 26-gun sloop of war, the H.M.S. Raccoon, was damaged off the coast of Oregon, but stayed afloat to reach San Francisco Bay. From March 13 to 19th, the ship was repaired on the beach at Ayala Cove on the Northern portion of Angel Island. This event gave the name to the deep-water channel between Tiburon and Angel Island.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


My love-affair with Dandelion continues!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Great Egret

Great Egret at the Rookery in Santa Rosa. At one time, feathers from these, and other birds with beautiful plumage, were all the rage for use on women's hats. Some men, including ranking military figures, also wore feathers. Beautiful birds were hunted to the brink of extinction. Fortunately, in 1918, the Audubon Society succeeded in bringing about a federal ban on certain types of feathers. Good job!

Friday, April 26, 2013

More from the Santa Rosa Rookery

Black-crowned Night Heron, not to be outdone, performing her/his nest-building duties.

Yesterday's Picture Today!

You don't have to tell me that the quality of this picture is lousy.
I was just sitting down for breakfast at my kitchen-window when I spotted doe and fawn approaching. I raced (!) to my bedroom, picked up my camera, turned it on, adjusted the setting, and took the picture. The two dears were gone in a flash!
It was just something I had to shoot! Agree?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Great Egret

Nest-building was in full swing this morning at the Ninth Street Rookery in Santa Rosa. Here's a Great Egret, carrying a branch to the construction site. A real favorite of mine. This was my third annual visit.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What is this Woman Doing?

This is the scene that met Bob T and me at the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Ponds yesterday. Of course we asked the lady what she was up to! It turned out she was radio-tracking banded Clapper Rail, an endangered species! A U.S. Geological Survey project. Bravo!
You live and learn!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Female House Finch

A couple of days ago I featured a male House Finch. Today's picture is of a female. Same bird-feeder, and possibly the male's soul-mate. The guy was much more colorful than the gal, but perhaps her shades of gray are more refined and show more class.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lake Lagunitas

Mallard and reflection of Mount Tamalpais. It all took place this morning at Lake Lagunitas.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

House Finch

Male House Finch enjoying breakfast at Janet B's birdfeeder.

Friday, April 19, 2013

View from Sausalito

While in Sausalito yesterday, I was struck by the contrast of the little sailboats with the huge cargo ship "Green Point". Googling a little, I found that the Vessel was bound for the Port of Richmond.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kathy Johnson

Here's Kathy Johnson, having breakfast this morning, with our little Thursday group, at the Half Day Cafe in Kentfield. Kathy, a Tamalpa Runners member, ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. She, and 5,000 other runners were stopped at the 40 Kilometer mark. Kathy tried to call her husband, Dominic, who was waiting at their hotel, but she couldn't get through because the iPhone connection had been canceled. Tired, she walked to the hotel. Moments after arriving there, she and her husband were told to vacate! They went to a coffee shop. Minutes later it was ordered closed!
Long story short, Kathy and her husband are happy to be back in Marin, none the worse for wear, after a harrowing, memorable, experience.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I see images wherever I look. Should I see a shrink?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon

A very sad day.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This Morning at the Ponds

I love to see different species of birds congregating while not paying each other any heed. Here we have a Pelican with breeding season knob on the bill, three ducks (probably Mallards) and a couple of the ubiquitous Canada Geese.

Sunday, April 14, 2013



Saturday, April 13, 2013


I was taking pictures of Great Blues and Turtles at Stow Lake, when this squirrel approached my, wanting to be photographed. I have never been able to refuse a request from a pretty face. Attached is the result. Cute, huh?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Carettochelys Insculpta

Yesterday's Stow Lake visit yielded more photo-opps than just Great Blues. A gardener alerted us to a couple of very large creatures, which turned out to be Pig-nosed Turtles. I had seen Western Pond Turtles at the lake before, but this was a first. Should I become a herpetologist?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great Blue Herons

Today was the day of my annual pilgrimage to Golden Gate Park's Stow Lake. There to look for nesting Great Blue Herons. The trip was made possible with the very welcome assistance (driving and banter) of my friend, Bob T.
My picture may not win any prizes, but how often do I get the opportunity to catch three Blues in one photograph? The birds were quite far away and my lens is only 250mm. Quite a thrill!
Note that the birds on the right are standing in a nest. My guess is that they are fledglings, while the bird on the left is a parent.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung and with it the breeding season. Quite timely, here's a couple of Mergansers at the Ponds, displaying their beautiful plumage. I can see the attraction! By the way, that's Joe in front, with Susie bringing up the rear.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I spotted this gal/guy on the stairway leading to my digs yesterday. My Audubon insect guide was no help in trying to identify my visitor. With Google's help I found a website displaying some 3,600 pictures of moths. After a few minutes I got dizzy and gave up. Here's the link Good luck!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Here's the replica of a chariot, part of the Terracotta Warriors exhibit. The first emperor traveled in this type of chariot, and one like it transported his body when he died. All this 2,200 years ago!
This morning, energized by all this history I sent a special E-mail to Kim Jong Un, North Korea's "Dear Leader". In my message I suggested he adopt some of China's First Emperor's actions. Doing so, would guarantee Kim a well-deserved, and important, place in history. I haven't heard back from the dictator yet.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Terracotta General

This afternoon I finally got to see China's Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the Asian Art Museum. From the Qin dynasty, these figures date back to 221-206 BCE! My picture shows one of only nine generals excavated. The museum was the most crowded I have ever seen. Everybody was using their iPhones! And so did I!

A Man and a Woman

A man and a woman at Tennessee Valley Beach.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Spiderweb on rainy morning at the Ponds.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Krakow, Poland

While rummaging through my archives, I ran across this picture of street-musicians which I took in Krakow. What a contrast from yesterday's Cuban group! But I'll let you make your own comparison!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

From my Archives

No, it's not the Buena Vista Social Club! Instead it's the street-band, Grupo Los Pinos, playing for tips, in Trinidad, Cuba. One of my all-time favorite vacation spots.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Another Deer

I guess that I will always remain a city boy, amazed and thrilled every time I see a deer from my kitchen window. This one appeared yesterday, eating the grass still wet from a light drizzle.

Monday, April 1, 2013


American White Pelicans at the Ponds this morning. Note that they all sport a knob on their bills. This is something that appears before the breeding season. Amusing myself, I thought how funny it would be if, at a certain time of year, humans would develop a growth on their noses! It doesn't take much to make me laugh. Even at my own stupid humor!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter and/or Passover

Happy Easter and/or Passover!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Barn Swallows

This is the time of year when the Barn Swallows traditionally appear at the Ponds, and I traditionally complain how hard it is to photograph them because they move so fast. All of which is just a lame excuse for the not-so-perfect attached picture!

Friday, March 29, 2013

American Wigeon

American Wigeon at the Ponds this morning.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron on a very foggy morning at Lake Lagunitas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lips of Mystery

Sorry, no bird picture today!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cormorant Taking Flight

Cormorant taking flight at the Ponds yesterday. Watching the bird, it occurred to me, what a difficult task this must be. I tried to put myself in its shoes (shoes?). Start flapping those wings, water clinging to them, weighing me down. Leaving a wake. The body clumsy. Then finally freed and airborne! Flight! All this probably no big deal for the Cormorant!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Coelocnemis californicus

When there's a shortage of birds at the Ponds, my eyes turn to the ground, which is where I found this Broad-necked Darkling Beetle. At least, that's what I think it was! Handsome gal/guy.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Sausalito has been the home of many famous characters. Restaurateuse, Juanita, was one of the most outrageous. By her own account she opened and closed 11 restaurants! Here she is, on July 20, 1990, signing my copy of the book "Juanita!" by Sally Hayton-Keeva. Juanita died on February 26, 2011, at the age of 87. It would be worth your while to Google this fascinating lady.

Friday, March 22, 2013

From my Archives

Pink Mosque in Istanbul. Yes, you are looking at it's reflection!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Wave at Tennessee Valley Beach.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


When I was young and innocent (ha!), I would have called this bird a Seagull. Later I was admonished and told that there is no such thing. Different gulls have different names. My guess is, that what we have here is a Ring-billed Gull (note the white subterminal spot). The good news is that I don't really care. What matters is that it's a beautiful bird.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What is it?

"Tell me what it is and I'll feed it"
"My imagination runneth over"