Showing posts from November, 2013

Silent Sunday


The Embarcadero

Along the Embarcadero with the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge in the background.

Ice skating rink at the Embarcadero, downtown San Francisco
I am participating in Scenic Weekends
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Great Blue Heron

Photo Taken At Lloyd Lake San Francisco The great blue heron is one of the largest birds in North America. They stand about four and a half to five and a half feet tall and have a beautiful five foot long wingspan. They can be found around lakes, ponds, coastal regions and rivers. The ultimately hunt alone but do nest in colonies within tall trees. Their diet varies in that they usually hunt for shrimp, crab and crawdads though they have been known to feed on mice and rodents. They feed their young ones by regurgitating their food into their mouths which is why they will consume four to five times what they would normally eat.
There is a regular blue heron who roams our pond at the botanical gardens for food. They hunt so elegantly due to their slow stance and quick bite. They normally swallow their food whole. Due to them being in close proximity to well traveled ponds and lakes in our area they are used to humans and are not scared away by people getting too close to them. I once was a…

Simplicity In Nature

Photos taken at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Blue at the Zoo

All photos taken at the San Francisco Zoo.

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Nature Photography Haiku and Poetry

reflection of grace a water pond masterpiece as she glides, with ease

blue and green ripples
mirror aquatic light shows
disco water dance

barren wintry limbs
surf the azure blue lakeside
endless water dance

The Age Of A Tree

Photo taken in Golden Gate Park
If you have ever walked in a forest or redwood grove where tress have been living for centuries you know how beautifully they age. They provide shelter, warmth and shade from the sun. They touch the skies with an everlasting kiss from nature. However did you ever wonder about how old specific trees are?
Now obviously you would not want to cut a tree down to find out its age. So what do you do? You look around for trees that have been cut in the same area with a likeness to the tree you are seeing. If you find one that has been cut or has fallen look closely at the core on the trunk
Photo taken at the San Francisco zoo This core on the trunk of a fallen tree exhibits the perfect way to determine the age of a tree. From the very middle circle, count outwards the circles around the core. The amount of circles or annual rings as they are called will give you the exact age of any particular tree. In this example, the tree was seventy years old.
Scientists also us…

Water and Leaves

Photos taken at Lloyd Lake and the San Francisco zoo.

I am participating in Straight Out Of The Camera Sunday