Sunday, December 8, 2013

Heather Farm Park in the Cold

We're experiencing a cold snap in Northern California. Compared to parts of the U.S., this is nothing, but to us—it's pretty cold. Highs in the evening in the 20s-30s. Daytime high today was in the low 40s. Two weeks ago we were wearing shorts and T-shirts, biking all over the place and looking around for our sunblock. I feel bad for my San Francisco friends when it's cold. I have yet to see a San Francisco apartment or flat with adequate heat or insulation. Plus it's damp. Stay warm, my friends.

A walk in the park yesterday.

Mt. Diablo was snow-less, despite the rainstorm the night before.

Cormorants - they sun themselves to dry off.

A weeping mulberry tree, looking grandfatherly.

Flags at half-mast in honor of Nelson Mandela.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fall Color

I've been working on a writing project rather intensely and mostly speeding around on my bicycle, when I get out at all. So I haven't done my photography wanderings much at all. This is kind of sad. Today I purposefully walked down the street to capture some fall color. It's been a very colorful last few weeks, but our teeny-tiny rainstorm a few days ago (lasting less than 30 minutes) did knock some of the color onto the ground. Gardeners are working everywhere I ride, raking, leaf-blowing, bagging, looking fatigued. Hat's off to gardeners, professional and amateur, as we continue to watch the leaves fall.

Are you missing out on foliage? This tree has it all and then some. I just wish there was slightly more yellow, but otherwise—a fine blend.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunset Sky and Mt. Diablo Double Rainbow

Perhaps the terrible fire near Yosemite is altering our weather. It's been humid here, which is unusual for NorCal. And lots of smudgy clouds. Last night they were fiery red, and me without my camera. Tonight they were brilliant pink and I made sure to grab some shots. How to pick a sunset shot for posting—I couldn't do it. Here's a series. As always, click for bigger images.

If you notice any black blurs in the sky, those are swifts. They swoop in configurations at dusk—filling up on tasty mosquitoes and other flying creatures before retiring for the night under the walking bridge nearby.

While I was marveling at the sunset, Keith was doing his usual weekend bike ride to the Mt. Diablo summit. And there was a double rainbow, without rain, just a lot of moisture in the air and on the ground. Mt. Diablo has its own weather.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mt. Diablo by bike

Keith took these nice shots with his camera-phone on his weekly late-afternoon ride up Mt. Diablo. It's very special to live at the base of a big mountain.

Boulder Beach - Lords Point, Stonington, CT


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Night Flowers

White flowers can be part of the background during the day, but at night... pow!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spooky Tree at the Lafayette Community Park, California

Of course this tree looked ten times spookier yesterday when I discovered it rising within the thick cloud cover of a cool, foggy day. But I didn't have my camera with me yesterday, did I?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Heather Farm Park at dusk

A walk around the park and its various gardens just before this week's heat-wave set in. The Gardens at Heather Farm have sprung for a deer fence this year. Apparently deer were eating a lot of the plants, including the celebrated Rose Garden. I have noticed a big difference in the flowering plants since the fence went in. They're flowering in abundance. Everywhere you go, there's something blooming. The park looks stunning.

I started at the nature pond where I spotted a Great Egret, some Grebes, and a Forster's Tern, diving for food.

Part of the Butterfly Garden in full bloom.

A type of Manzanita at the Diablo Ascent Garden.

Echinacea at the Heritage Garden.

The roses are going gangbusters at the Crowden Rose Garden.

Back through the Nature Pond area at sunset to watch the tern do its thing.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Miniature Forest for State Parade Float

We made a representation of Connecticut in miniature for Jackson's wagon for the school parade. We focused on Stonington, but also visible is the USS Nautilus, which you can visit at the Submarine Museum in Groton.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Zoom-in San Francisco

View from the Oakland Firestorm Memorial. San Francisco looks otherworldly in the haze and fog.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rehearsal Space

welcome to rehearsal space
invitation only
a square a circle
a basic sound unit
made skewed
by those who skew
and we've all seen
what there is to be seen
but know there's
always more
welcome to rehearsal space
did someone lock the door?

Poem #21 - NaPoWriMo

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dinosaur Skeleton - Burke Museum, Seattle, Washington

I was in liquid, salten and blue
I was the monster that lives in your mind
I had a call that nobody knew
only the monsters of my own kind
I am a mobile, dangling on the ceiling
I am a portend of my doom
I don't know what you may be feeling
I am the dinosaur, alone in the room

Burke Museum, Seattle, WA

Poem #17 - NaPoWriMo

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lan Su Chinese Garden - Portland, Oregon

I take my son to the Lan Su Garden
on a city block in Portland
we frame our views
through multiple windows
watery leafy bridges surround
mountains the size of my son
this doesn't have to be here, I think
yet here it is

Poem #15 - NaPoWriMo