Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:
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 (commons.wikimedia.org)
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:
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:
Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…
…and they went to town:
It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…
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:
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:
And there you have it.
Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!
May you remain frog-free forever…
You know, instead of a lime green:
I just caught a sneak peek of the sixth season of Rec and Park and boy, it’s a doozie:
Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. have cooked up a batch of white powdery chemicals…
…and they’ve applied it to the now-drained Quarry Lake / Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park.
Here’s what the place looks like now:
It’s a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…
…but there’s nary a peep out of those troublesome frogs.
Check this one-minute video of the place – it would be a good place for a seance or some kind of Wiccan ceremony this Halloween.
Here it is, a vast wasteland with the silence broken only by the occasional the calls of Belted Kingfishers (and, for all I know, Everdeen’s Mockingjays as well):
…this lighting arrangement is the best They can do to approximate Christmas Red and Christmas Green down in Civic Center. (Way too much yellow in that “green” IMO.)
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I’m sure somebody better at Photoshop than I could tone down the riot of color in this photo in order to properly honor Natalis Invicti, or the birthday of baby Jesus, or whatever. But hey, what about the new hires at City Hall? That crew of recent gubernatorial campaign workers seems to be famliar with Photoshop…
Or not – they didn’t do a very good job it would seem. Oh well, the unaltered photo above will have to do as the record of what Christmas 2009 looked like at City Hall.
Hey, speaking of Christmas, there’ll be no more stars on government trees up in Sonoma. Remember stars atop government Christmas trees? We had a big star on our big tree in Civic Center until about a year ago when it got took down, forever. Oh well.
We’re not talking about being classified as having attained LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System) status of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (what will come next – titanium, onyx, or Centurion?).
We’re talking green, fruity green. Like pistachio or lime.
Enjoy. Click to expand:
But at least it matches the place next door!
As seen in San Francisco.
And it could be worse.
Here’s what the Lime Point Light, located right next to the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and close to Cavallo Point, looked like back in the day, courtesy of our friends at the United States Coast Guard. Click to expand:
But technological change and the arrival of the bridge in the 1930’s eventually put this station out of business. It was no picnic working there anyway, what with the occasional freighter collision and the constant rain of orange paint chips.
This is how it looks these days, with just the fog station left (and the front gate open on this particular day, for some reason).
Sic transit gloria mundi