Light in the forest

One great thing about being fairly disorganized is that now and again I’ll discover old photos that I’ve never shared on the blog before. Some of these files are actually hanging out, forgotten, in my WordPress media library. I’ve uploaded them with a post in mind and then for some reason decided not to use them. For example, this morning […]

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Little gray bird

I’m not absolutely sure of the ID on the small birds I spotted this morning near Lake Natoma, but it looks very much to me like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. If so, I’m only sorry I didn’t get to see the bright red color; it’s visible on adult males when the bird is excited.

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Rowdy redhead

I see a lot of acorn woodpeckers as I hike around my area. It’s also not uncommon to spot acorn woodpecker granaries — storage trees where the birds drill holes to store acorns and other types of nut. But this male (females have a black cap with red only on the back of the head) was extremely busy working on […]

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This morning at the lake

Some serious repair work on the bluff has begun, in the rush to finish up before the bald eagles return to the area. Although they’ve previously removed the three large piles of rubble blocking the trail, today was the first time I saw a floating barrier — plus a ranger patrolling to keep kayaks from getting too close.

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Transit Center

San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center officially opened in the late summer of 2018 — but only six weeks later it was shut down again, due to the discovery of cracks in the structural steel girders. Although I’d already seen the exterior on previous visits to the city, I finally got a chance to explore the inside this past August. I […]

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