To my chagrin, I discovered that I was more than a year behind in updating my personal bird photo gallery – yikes! It’s all up-to-date now, though, and you can visit it at: http://www.adampaul.com/gallery/Birds The many (many!) new photos are all tagged as “New.” Most, like the Southern Crested Caracara above, are from our trip…
21 February, 2009:
Jones’ing for a nature fix after not getting out for a couple of weeks due to various reasons, Sarah & I went for a hike at one of our very favorite places, Bon Tempe Lake, in the Marin Municipal Water District.
Located a 40-minute drive north of San Francisco, the MMWD is a nature-lover’s heaven, with many miles of trails, lakes, and wildlife and, seasonally, wildflowers, galore. We paid our $7 entrance fee and parked at the small lot closest to Bon Tempe Lake’s dam. Like all of the lakes in the MMWD, Bon Tempe is an artificial lake, but that hardly detracts from the setting.
The west shore of Bon Tempe Lake
3 February, 2009:
Sunday, 18 January 2009:
Sarah and I went for a brief walk around the Chain of Lakes in Golden gate Park last Sunday, and although we didn’t catch a glimpse of the American Bittern that has been reported at North Lake for the past week, we had a nice walk, and I added a bunch of the usual birds to my nascent year list.
Sunday, 4 January 2009:
In what may well become a new year’s tradition for us, Sarah & I hiked the Hill 88 loop in Marin Headlands for our first “real” hike of 2009 (our snowy walk on the pancake-flat, 1-mile-long North Grove trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park doesn’t really qualify, pretty though it is).
The Coastal Trail
On Thanksgiving Day, Sarah, my new parents-in-law and brother-, sister-, and niece-in-law went to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz to see if the wintering Monarch Butterflies were present.
To celebrate our first New Years as a married couple, Sarah & I decided to head to the cabin and enjoy a few quiet days by ourselves.
We arrived mid-day on Dec 30, stocked up on food & drink, and had an early evening. On New Year’s Eve, we headed up the pass to Bear Valley XC for our first cross-country skiing trip of the season.
Bear Valley XC Meadow Trail
Pantheon, Rome, Italy. ca. 125AD
Yosemite National Park
Bodie State Historic Park, California