Posts Tagged ‘great blue heron’

Small Section of Golden Gate Park Reserved Solely for Cross-Bearing, Proselytizing, Apostolic Franciscan Friar

Friday, September 24th, 2010

So there I was in Golden Gate Park tracking a giant blue bird and then when I looked up, I saw a hippy on a Jesus trip coming straight towards me larger than life.

Like this. See the robe, the beads, the sandals, the cross with the letters JHS* or IHS? This statue is a like a giant Catholic billboard on public land.

Check it, a huge bronze by Douglas Tilden made in 1906 and dedicated in 1907:

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So, here’s the Baby Name Wizard’s take on Junipero:

“Father Junipero Serra: Spanish Franciscan Friar. He is very well-known as a misogynistic abuser of native slaves and women, but remains an important historical figure in Central California.”

O.K. then. (Wow, a little harsh, huh?)

But what do you think Father Junípero Serra is trying to communicate here?

And what do you think the City and County of San Francisco is trying to promote by allowing public land for this kind of use?

Now, for some Christians, this statue, and the Prayerbook Cross just down the way, are not enough. These people go into the Music Concourse, see Father Serra and then get bummed:

I was just there today, and as a Christian, I was very dismayed by the fact that it seems the park administration has allowed the landscaping to STRATEGICALLY block out the base of the sculpture that has the inscribed descriptions of Junipero Serra. It’s religiously discriminatory and outright insulting, and apparently it’s condoned by the city. But then Jesus said his followers would be hated. At least we were warned.”

I’ll agree that the shrubbery appears to have been placed around this statue to obsure it somewhat. This kind of cover could be, as they say, constitutionally significant – it could affect a judge’s or a jury’s opinion on whether it’s kosher for San Francisco to reserve its land for this kind of message.

Father J was much more prominent back in the day. See?

I’ll tell you, our neighbors to the south in Los Angeles had similar issue with a cross that was a part of its history – here’s the story of how they handled it

How will San Francisco handle the case the Father Serra proselytizing in the GGP? 

Now, shouldn’t Golden Gate Park be a proselytizing-free zone reserved as a place for giant blue birds to eat rodents…

…and recycle aluminum cans?

You Make The Call.

*Now, about that inscription on the crossbar. It’s just a Christogram that spells out the first three letters of the name Jesus. So, it goes J-E-S, or Iota-Eta-Sigma. There’s no need to make up a backronym like Iesus Hominum Salvator or nothing.

The Giant Birds of Golden Gate Park Do Pilates Every Morning

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park like to wake up and get their stretching in as soon as they can.

What a funky chicken. Click to expand:

Don’t miss your chance to see these critters this season via San Francisco Nature Education, the non-profit founded by attorney Nancy DeStefanis. They have some programs, like Heron Watch and Birding for Everyone. Check their calendar or this one on SFGate.com.

The Giant Lollipop Birds of Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park sometimes like to get up high and ball up. I guess they do that to warm up in the sun after a cold night.

Don’t miss your chance to see these critters this season via San Francisco Nature Education, the non-profit founded by attorney Nancy DeStefanis. They’ll have some programs, like Heron Watch and Birding for Everyone going on tomorrow, May 2, 2009, and on into the future. Check their calendar or thisone on SFGate.com.

Can you see the beak? Click to expand

The Vicious Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park need to mash up their crayfish treats before eating, so sometimes you’ll get to hear a wet splat and then see the guts fly.

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KERSPLATT!

A close up view from an earlier day:

Look out, little crayfish…

The Ecologically-Minded Animals of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Great Blue Heron spotted this waterlogged Coors Light Beer can floating just ‘neath the surface of the Wildfowl Pond at San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park and then lunged at the Silver Bullet as if it were something edible. Then all the water drained out of it [cue sad trombone]. Poor little feller.

(Now this was a few years back – could the aluminum can have come from a rowdy pre-ING Group era Bay to Breakers? There’s no way to tell.)

Maybe we’ll be counting on animals more and more to keep GGP clean?

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Anything’s possible.

Poor little feller.

Everybody Poops – The Tidy Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

The gigantic Great Blue Herons high atop Stow Lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park usually want to stick around their one-hundred pound nests, so sometimes this is how they go to the loo.

Most of it makes it out of the nest, anyway.

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Yet another “pretty picture,” per “Don’t Call Him Crazy” Rob Anderson.

The Nesting Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park Return for 2009

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Just as the Cliff Swallows come back to Capistrano every March (or so they say), the Great Blue Herons of San Francisco return to nest on a small island on Stow Lake every January.

See what it looks like via filmmaker Rick Bacigalupi of BaciPix, who presents Nancy DeStefanis, The Heron Lady. Check out SFNature.org for the latest, including new tours of Heron’s Head Park (aka Pier 98) in southeast San Francisco.

This fellow is a regular at the nests in the tops of of the Monterey Cypress of Stow Lake. He’s ready to fight and love all over again this year.

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Welcome back, Ardea herodias

A Pocket Gopher in Golden Gate Park Gets Evicted by a Heron

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

This hungry Great Blue Heron  waited around for a few minutes before plucking a pocket gopher from a hole in a meadow in Golden Gate Park.

It’s the circle of life. Poor little feller.

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Heron vs. Crayfish in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

This one didn’t end well for the crayfish.

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Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Baby Heron vs Adult Gopher in the Trees Above Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This didn’t end well for the gopher.

The parent bird, the tallest one, just hunted and killed a pocket gopher to bring back to the nest high above Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. The middle chick (fledgling now?) scooped up the undigested rodent to the chagrin of its siblings.

You can see the outline of the gopher slowly sliding down the neck of the aptly named Great Blue Heron.

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Canon 600mm 4.0 IS with Canon 2x II extender.