Posts Tagged ‘golden gate park’
The Only Thing Sadder Than the Street Corner Christmas Trees of January is This Sad-Sack Lebanese Cedar in GGPFriday, February 6th, 2015
So I see this tree in Golden Gate Park and I’m like, “What is you? Is you a tree?”
If you want your own Cedrus libani Pendula, just cut up a Christmas tree and throw all the branches in a pile, cause that’s pretty much what this bush thing looks like:
“A spectacular large shrub featuring beautiful dense horizontal and weeping branching with stunning bright green new foliage; ideal for form and texture in the shrub garden and worth seeking out”
The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global WarmingThursday, January 29th, 2015
What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?
Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:
But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.
And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.
What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.
What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.
What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.
I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.
(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)
(Well, sure it’s not an actual bike-only path, it’s a multipurpose trail, or something. But most call it the bike path cause bike riders are allowed on it, as opposed to the ped-only path near Oak on the other side of the Panhandle.)
I’m a polite ped so I generally stay off the paved part* of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path near Fell. This was my view of an impolite ped as I trod on the grass for a few blocks:
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She spent most of her eastward journey smack dab in the middle of the westbound lane or smack dab in the middle of the trail on the dashed yellow line. This went on for minutes. Westbound cyclists didn’t know how to pass her, on the left or on the right. Occasionally she’d veer to the right side of the right lane, where she belonged, but that phase of her journey didn’t last too long.
So what was this, a cry for help? Yeah, sort of.
Who will hear her?
*Yeah, this bike path is wider (12 feet) than before (8 feet), but it’s still too narrow. 16 feet sounds right, considering.
Know Your Foxes and Know Your Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – Both are Harmless – Tail Up or Tail Down?Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.
Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.
Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:
Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…
But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.
Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.
I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.
Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.
The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tales held higher. Thusly:
As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:
This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the aughts:
From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:
I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.
Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.
But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.
(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)
Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole FoodsWednesday, January 21st, 2015
Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.
Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:
Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)
Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally
Black Crowned Night Heron:
And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…