Tuesday, August 16, 2022

June 2022 Blooms

Here are some selected blooms from the month of June. These flowers are all in our garden.

Featured are mountain laurel, Fourth of July roses, and baptisia. Plus one bee enjoying the baptisia.

June 2022 Blooms - 1

June 2022 Blooms - 2

June 2022 Blooms - 3

June 2022 Blooms - 4

June 2022 Blooms - 5

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

May 2022 Blooms

These are various May blooms, all from our garden, except for a few of the dogwoods and the violets, which were photographed in the neighborhood during one of my regular walks.

Shown are fruit trees (cherry, crab), dogwoods, Camas lily, mountain bluet, violets, and irises.

May 2022 Blooms - 01

May 2022 Blooms - 02

May 2022 Blooms - 03

May 2022 Blooms - 04

May 2022 Blooms - 05


May 2022 Blooms - 06

These daffodils were in a vase and photographed indoors. Thanks for the indoor photo fodder, Diana! 

May 2022 Blooms - 07

This is Camus lily:

May 2022 Blooms - 08

May 2022 Blooms - 09

Siberian Iris:

May 2022 Blooms - 10

May 2022 Blooms - 11

Mountain Bluet:

May 2022 Blooms - 12

May 2022 Blooms - 13

Bearded iris:

May 2022 Blooms - 14

May 2022 Blooms - 15

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Marathon Faces

Marathon Monday, the day when the Boston Marathon is run, fell on April 18 this year.  This is Patriots' Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday in April in six states. The Boston Marathon was cancelled in 2020, and run on October 11 in 2021 due to Covid concerns. Wikipedia (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriots%27_Day) says the Boston Marathon has been run every year on Patriots' Day since its inception in 1897, even during the World War years, except for 2020 and 2021.

We are fortunate to live near the race route, and I usually cheer the runners on and take some photos.

Here are a few select faces of the 2022 Boston Marathon.

2022 Boston Marathon - 01

2022 Boston Marathon - 02

2022 Boston Marathon - 03

2022 Boston Marathon - 04

2022 Boston Marathon - 05

2022 Boston Marathon - 06

2022 Boston Marathon - 07

2022 Boston Marathon - 08

For this next photo, in sticking to the "Marathon Faces" title of this post, I used the "faces" of the gauges on one of the fire trucks that is always standing by in case of an emergency.

2022 Boston Marathon - 09

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

April 2022 Blooms

Here's a collection of recent photos of blooms in our garden. Below you'll find hyacinth, fruit trees (e.g. cherry, peach), spirea, hens and chicks, bloodroot, lenten rose, crocus, tulip among other blossoming flowers.

All photos are taken with my 60mm (120mm equivalent) macro lens.

April 2022 Blooms - 01

April 2022 Blooms - 02

April 2022 Blooms - 03

April 2022 Blooms - 04

April 2022 Blooms - 05

April 2022 Blooms - 06

April 2022 Blooms - 07

April 2022 Blooms - 08

April 2022 Blooms - 09

April 2022 Blooms - 10

April 2022 Blooms - 11

April 2022 Blooms - 12

April 2022 Blooms - 13

April 2022 Blooms - 14

April 2022 Blooms - 15

April 2022 Blooms - 16

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Palace Birds

After Muir Woods (see previous post) we visited the grounds of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina district. In all my years living in the Bay Area I'd never previously visited the Palace of Fine Arts, so this was a welcome delight for me.

As one can read here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fine_Arts, the Palace was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition. While I've endeavored to include a few photos of my own of the lagoon and structures of this beautiful site, to see a truly professional rendering of the rotunda and column structure I recommend the image shown here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fine_Arts#/media/File:Palace_of_Fine_Arts_(16794p).jpg, which is an 18-frame panorama stitched together in Lightroom. By sheer coincidence, this happens to be one of the finest pictures in all of Wikipedia, and, in fact, this image was selected as picture of the day on the English Wikipedia for March 26, 2022.

Despite all the above, we didn't go there to see the Palace, but rather to see the birds in the lagoon. We found many gulls and herons enjoying the lagoon environment, as well as sparrows on some of the surrounding trees and shrubbery.

Please enjoy multiple views of some of these fine birds below.

Great Blue Heron #1

Here are a few photos of the Palace and lagoon. Most of the birds I photographed were in the right, most distant section of the lagoon.

Palace of Fine Arts #1

Palace of Fine Arts #2

Great Blue Heron #2

Hiding Heron

Heron on Grass

Sparrow on a Branch

These next four are photos of a song sparrow.

Song Sparrow #1

Song Sparrow #2

Song Sparrow Wings Out

Song Sparrow #3

Black-crowned Night-Heron

This next photo was taken at Crissy Field Marsh, also known for birding. It is very near the Palace of Fine Arts, located just slightly closer to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Great Blue Heron at Crissy Field Marsh

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