Saturday, July 7, 2018

Local greenery, local scenery

We worked a job that afforded us this view yesterday--



In winter, this creek is full. Summertime sees a wee trickle of water. There were a few minnows in the deeper parts of the creek. Blue damsel flies were everywhere & we saw one black and yellow swallowtale flitting about.



Above is a snap I took of Lake Merced, a fresh water lake near the Pacific Ocean. It was originally called Laguna de Nuestra SeƱora de la Merced in 1770s by a Spanish explorer. Lake Merced is my jogging spot. It's about 4.5 miles around & affords the visitor some lovely views. 








This massive beast is a red peppercorn tree at another client's house down the peninsula. I had no idea peppercorn trees grew here. The client invited us to take some peppercorn branches home, if we wanted, but they were too high up the tree to grab. -nice gesture, however.







During a walk the other week, we spied a stand of redwood trees is in McLaren Park, the second largest park in San Francisco. The park is about a mile from my house. I'm grateful that I'm able to walk to it whenever I'd like. 

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  1. You have some lovely walking and jogging spots near you.

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  2. Lucky, lucky you.
    No jogging for me, but I would happily walk those trails.

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    1. I'm so glad to have these things nearby!

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  3. In England, we create a park by landscaping a plot of unwanted land and planting flowers in it. You just pick a piece of spectacular ancient landscape and call it a park. You don't bother to put a fence around it - unless you don't want the Mexicans to visit it. Much more sensible, but I suppose you have the resources.

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    1. -reminds me of the time I was finishing up jogging in Greenwich park at dusk. The groundskeeper was motoring around, locking all the gates & I had to jog like the Dickens to beat him to the last open gate before possibly being very screwed.

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  4. The peppercorn tree looks ancient and the redwoods, what can I say. 1000 years old, we should be eating the bark.

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    1. The peppercorn tree was astounding. I have a picture somewhere of a house finch's nest made up almost entirely of pink peppercorns and their branches. The eggs are wee and light blue. -kinda like something you would have painted. I should find it and post it!

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  5. Oh wow, that's a beautiful place to walk. Is it very quiet in there?

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    1. McLaren is somewhat peaceful as long as you are away from the main road. Lake Merced is ringed by heavily used streets, so, if you can block out the noise, then it's somewhat peaceful.

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