Monday, January 21, 2013

San Leandro Bay

The San Leandro Bay and Creek lies between the southeast end of Alameda Island, Oakland's Estuary, and Bay Farm Island, a delusive island built of a garbage mound (Mt. Trashmore) and punctuated with canals to drain the potential slush away from multi-million dollar super-suburban homes and back into the San Francisco Bay. A far cry from the original usage of residential farm tracts (landfill makes great fertilizer?) Current parks and rec map here, map of use in 1942.

A few months ago I took Jessica here to share one of my favorite sitting-and-staring spots around, the Damon Marsh. It is rich with water birds, including American White Pelicans, California Clapper Rails, ducks, cormorants, herons, and more species than I can name. The first time I came I sat on a rock reading Across the River and Into the Trees and after twenty minutes was almost stranded on my rock as the tides rose. So, I moved and sat next to a white heron fishing patiently for another twenty minutes before I was nearly drowned again. The bird flew away. Beware of tidal pooling.

Photos from Jessica but more on my flickr here.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Florida was so warm. It's easy to forget certain painful things, the way your memories of pleasure triumph over others. For example, the bottoms of my thighs sticking to leather couches and vinyl car seat cushions. Also, mosquitos biting my ankles until my feet fall asleep from lack of blood flow. 

Better things remain: thunder storms every humid afternoon, and walking barefoot around the block, looking for wild Quaker parrots, Anhingas with outstretched wing croaking a mating call across a marshy ditch, sitting on this porch. 

more photos here

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hasty Shout

Oh blog world how badly I have been ignoring your blinky cursor! Here are a few photos from 2012 that seemingly summarize my year. Something always is missing. Photographic documentation of smiles, bike rides, flower tricking and picking, and the ever present police sirens in the distance is a no-can-do but here I give it a go. 

House is still a house,

drilling serious gardening vessels,

A new leg friend,

Devo has a birthday and looks fly, 

visit Kathryn in Boulder,

Gardening vessels produce! 

Mom and Dad fly to Cali, wine tasting, beach, love,

Noah my baby friend living here for 4 months (parents included),

Zach Ran Wim visits Oakland and the San Francisco Conservatory,

Jane comes to Oakland and never wants to leave,

San Diego sunsets,

wine honeymoon with Lauren and Chicken,

Ending the year right with Treasure Island sunsets and all of my best friends.