Posts Tagged ‘floating’

Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:


Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:


It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:


Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

The FROG DR’s of Golden Gate Park – If There’s a Clawed Frog-gy/ In Your Neighborhood/ Who Ya Gonna Call?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

FROGBUSTERS! [Read down starting here. This scene is a little bit away from the Lily Pond at the old quarry – let’s hope GGP won’t need too many frog docs in future.]

Another great shot via James Corrigan, this time at Stow Lake:

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Here’s the East Bay’s Giant “Left Coast Lifter,” Or What’s Left of It, After The Big Barge Went to New York

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

So the barge was the Left Coast Lifter and not the crane part?

As seen just a couple months ago in Oakland:

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Here’s What Our Massive “Left Coast Lifter” Barge Crane is Doing These Days: Nothing – Soon, Off to NYC?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Could be:

“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”

As she appeared last week:

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Is Somebody Pouring Bleach into the Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park? Sure Looks That Way – Bye Bye Froggies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The invasive frog-fighting Breaking Bad-style tents are gone from our Lily Pond and now we’re left with this:

Are those empty bleach bottles being used as floaters?

Sure looks that way.

Oh, here you go, just inside the fence which surrounds the pond now

They’re using bleach to kill something, right?

Last I heard, they were trying to kill tadpoles, but I don’t know if tadpoles even exist in November.

Anyway, those Fish and Gamers might finally be winning this battle…

Better Know Your Local, Historic, U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: “Rum, Vodka, Wiskey” Aboard Alameda’s USS Hornet (CV-12)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The previous U.S.S Hornet (CV-8) made it about a year before being sunk in WWII, so the Navy recycled the name for CV-12, the museum ship we have berthed in Alameda these days.

That’s your Lesson of the Day.

Now, pour yourself a drink:

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The Giant Floating Jelly-Belly Jelly Beans of Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Here’s my offering of a shot from back in the day, from back when the Hyatt at Embarcadero Five had giant jelly bean art hanging about:…

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…but here’s a better effort.

Come back, come back, sometime, oh great Jelly Bellies!

The Giant “Left Coast Lifter” Floating Crane was 100% Made in China, So That’s Why It’s Painted Red, White, and Blue

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

This thing is straight outta Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, but it’s the biggest red-white-and-blue whatever that you’ll ever see:

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These days it’s just hanging out in the East Bay, looking for work, as many others are.

When will it be moved, when will it get used again?

Nobody knows…

A Seagull Tries to Eat a Snapple Bottle on San Francisco Bay

Friday, December 12th, 2008

[UPDATE: In other news, a Great Blue Heron in Golden Gate Park thinks a beer can is a fish…]

This hungry gull on San Francisco Bay made quite an effort to take a chunk out of an empty floating Snapple bottle. (Birds get confused when things show up in their environment that their ancestors didn’t evolve with, of course)

The problem with recapping your empty glass bottle and tossing it into the Pacific is that the thing is going to float forever and end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or someplace like that.

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