Birding at Chain of Lakes (Golden Gate Park, SF)

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.

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks

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Hiking in Marin Headlands

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).

Coastal Trail by you.

The Coastal Trail

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New Year’s at the cabin

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.

Meadow Run by you.

Bear Valley XC Meadow Trail

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Bluedicks w/snail

This photo, taken several years ago at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (how’s that for a long title?), is probably the best one I made with my Sigma 50mm macro lens.  I’ve since moved to Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 macro, which I am very happy with.  Although one of the 180mm macros would…

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