Posts Tagged ‘owl’

Birds vs. Spiders, the Never-Ending Battle: Hummingbird in Alamo Square, Scrub Jay in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ouch:

And in Golden Gate Park:

And leave us not forget, the Bohemian Club in Union Square.

In Honr of the Retrn of Flickr, the Best San Francisco Photo Posted to Flickr Evr – MUNI Stop, Owl Purse, Horse Shoes

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.

And, oh yes, put a bird on it:

Via Will Wilson – click to expand (Just 269 views so far? C’mon!)

Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”

Stay safe, MUNI riders!

The Sidewalk Owls of the Bay Area – This Tiny Western Screech Owl Lives Just Above Your Heads – A Great Photo

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Another great shot from San Francisco nature photographer David Cruz.

“A pair of little owls (Western Screech Owl) were in a hole in a live oak tree that hangs over a quiet street in the SF Bay Area. Very cool seeing them in a quiet urban situation, cars drove right under the hollow branch at a steady residential pace. Shortly after sunset, one owl stood near the edge for a moment before flying away,  allowing me to photograph it. “

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Looks as If Great Horned Owl Season is In Full Swing in Golden Gate Park

Monday, February 6th, 2012

See?

Californian Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pacificus) parent and chick nesting in GGP, as recently seen by photographer David Cruz:

Via Natures Lantern – click to expand

Area Pigeons Not Fooled By This Plastic Owl High Atop the Haight Street McDonalds

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

You see it?

I don’t think it’s working. Almost seemed to be like a playmate for the pigeons:

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Good times…

 

OMG, More Owls! The Best Photograph You’ll See of the Famous Great Horned Owl Family of Stow Lake

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Area photographer Glenn Nevill‘s shots of our famous Great Horned Owl Family at Stow Lake are amazing.

And he sells blow-ups of his nature photos and everything so be sure to check out his site.

Here’s a nice one:

Click to expand – Via Glenn Nevill

Bon courage, owls.

OMG, OWLS! The Celebrated Standing Owlet of San Francisco County: Our Great Horned Owl Family at Stow Lake

Monday, April 11th, 2011

In compliance with the request of a friend of mine who wrote me from the East, I ascended Stow Lake’s Strawberry Hill* the other day to photograph with my iPhone** the Famous Great Horned Owl Family of Stow Lake 2011.

Thusly.

That’s the baby mama on the left, the oldest owlet on the right and the other three chicks inbetwixt:

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Oh, what’s that, you want to see some good photos instead? Well how about this one from Glenn Nevill’s 500mm 4.0? Or this set from Mark Brunig? And here’s the TowheeBlog.

Now, I thought that the existences of dees boids was spr skrt but once something hits the ‘Xam, you can’t call it that anymore. So, go up to the waterfall level and then head to the northwest. The dead branch on the crazy tree points to the nest:

O.K., Bon Courage, owls!

*Did Strawberry Hill get its name before it became an island? I think so. It must have, actually.

**Just kidding – I’d never buy an iPhone. But thanks for waiting in line and paying $600 and an extra $30 a month to T and putting up with T’s spotty coverage over the years. My 4G Samsung’s all the better for it, early adopter.

Eric Mar was the Star of This Morning’s Golden Gate Park Music Councourse Fountain Ceremony

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A couple hundred souls (including a few “jerkwad NIMBYs”) showed up for this morning’s ceremony at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s your Before Picture from this AM, before Supervisor Eric Mar turned on the fountains.

Is this Tiger vs. Serpent? Click to expand

There he is, our District 1 Supe working the crowd:

RPD Director Phil Ginsburg was the emcee today:

And always-dapper FAMSF Director John Buchanan and California Academy of Sciences Director Dr. Greg Farrington both addressed the throng…

…while a Barn Owl from the Cal Academy (they have an aviary outside – didn’t know that) ate a nice brunch of dead mice:

So, here’s your After Picture of the Rideout Fountain burbling away: 

After six years, the fountains are back. Enjoy.

Come See the “Presidio Habitats” Art Exhibition Plus the New Presidio Park Trail

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Have you seen Presidio Habitats,” the Site-Based Art Exhibition Celebrating Presidio Nature and Wildlife? Well, then get up there, it’s ending May 15, 2011.

Bring your walking shoes and then make the Triskelion (srsly, that’s what they call it) pavilion at Fort Winfield Scott your starting point.

Forty-foot shipping containers never looked so good:

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Here it is from the outside:

And here’s the starting gate of Presidio Habitats:

Something to do with bunnnies and turtles, take a look:

O.K. then. Here’s Patience by Jensen Architects. or part of it anyway:

The mise-en-scene:

Western Screech Owl Habitats by Ai Weiwei:

A 600mm shot shows that these porcelain palaces are move-in ready:

Winged Wisdom by Phillippe Becker Design / Brody Hartman:

A closer view:

Sculpture Habitat for the Gray Fox by CEBRA

Owl Dome by Taalman Koch Architecture:

That’s just a taste. The whole point is that you’re supposed to get out there and go see everything for yourself. The more the merrier.

As these people realized on Saturday, walking along the new/improved Park Trail. (Learn more about the changes to this trail after the jump.)

The entire place is one giant art gallery but without the white wine.

And, oh yes, here’s one concept that didn’t make it. I guess you’d need to suppose that a bird made a nest and laid eggs in a golf cart and then somebody hoisted it into the air. Anyway, here’s the Photoshopped proposal: 

(This installation might serve to hack off the golfers of the Presidio, I don’t know…)

There you have it. Here are some upcoming events for PH and you can find the deets of the Park Trail after the jump.

Exhibition Pavilion and Self-Guided Tours
The starting point for the Presidio Habitatsexperience is an indoor exhibition space created from repurposed shipping containers. Here visitors can view all 25 proposals submitted for the exhibition, scale models, and other artist material, as well as video about the Presidio’s plants and wildlife. An Exhibition Mapwill lead you on a self-guided journey encompassing all installation sites. The Exhibition Pavilion hours through October 31, 2010: 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. It is located at the corner of Storey Avenue and Ralston Avenue in the Fort Scott District.

Log Cabin Series
The Presidio Trust presents a year-long series of talks, multimedia presentations, and performances at the historic Log Cabin. Inspired by the Presidio, its wildlife, and Habitats art, the Log Cabin Series will host events on the second Thursday of each month. The Exhibition Pavilion will be open until 7 pm on these evenings.

Animal Estates and Edible Estates: An Evening with Fritz Haeg
Thursday, June 10, 7–8:30 pm
Author, designer, and artist Fritz Haeg created Snag Tower, a vertical dwelling for native species and currently an installation of Presidio Habitats. Learn about his project Animal Estates, proposing the re-introduction of native animals into cities, and his book Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.

Triskelion: The Story of the Presidio Habitats Exhibition Pavilion
Thursday, July 8, 7–8 pm

San Francisco Architects Zoe Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak, known for their progressive, modern designs that include new media technologies, discuss their creation of the Presidio HabitatsExhibit Pavilion from repurposed shipping containers arranged at 120 degree angles around a central atrium.

The Birds and the Bees: A Presidio Experience
Thursday, August 12, 7–8 pm

About 200 bird species and 57 bee species buzz and fly through the Presidio. Gain a new perspective on the different shapes and sizes of wildlife homes within the Presidio from Presidio Trust natural resource experts.

The Art of Patience: Meet Architect Mark Jensen
Thursday, September 9, 7–8 pm
Architect Mark Jensen will discuss his Habitats installation Patience, featuring dramatically austere yellow chairs that afford visitors a unique perspective on the Presidio’s Great Blue Herons.

Family Program: Create with Nature
Saturday, June 12, 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday, August 7, 10 am to 2 pm

Kids and grown-ups alike will get creative with natural materials in an outdoor Presidio setting. The ingredients for the day include wood, leaves, stone, pine cones, bark, branches, water, and imagination. Bring a picnic lunch or snack. Meet at the Exhibition Pavilion.

Guided Adventures
Presidio staff, friends, and FOR-SITE Foundation representatives will lead visitors on guided walks. Meet at the Exhibition Pavilion. RSVP is required to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

Presidio Butterflies 101 Walk
RSVP to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov
Sunday, July 18, 10 am to Noon
Sunday, August 29, 10 am to Noon

Presidio Habitats Curatorial Walk
RSVP to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov
Saturday, July 24, 10 am to Noon
Saturday, August 7, 10 am to Noon

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Bohemian Grove vs. Vanity Fair – Editor Alex Shoumatoff Tells His Story

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Well it seems like a long time ago, but the central character in last year’s fiasco at the Bohemian Grove is now telling his side of the story in frivolous Vanity Fair.

Poor Senior Contributing Editor Alex Shoumatoff! He feels that “right-wing knucklehead bloggers” and local P.R. man Sam Singer went after him last August by promoting a “humiliating Abu Ghraib portfolio” of detention photos.

Here’s one shot of Alex in the clutches of The Owl up in Sonoma County, after he was waterboarded for the 183rd time or something like that:

Anywho, two-thirds of a year later, Alex is telling the whole story on the pages of your favorite summer beach magazine. It’s called Bohemian Tragedy and it’s a lot to do with trees.

But beware, the Bohemian Club has spies everywhere, so take care before you read up on them or listen to Ralph Nader.

Remember, as the words above Taylor Street say, “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.”