Posts Tagged ‘strybing’
I think it means they want to build a new greenhouse and some offices, but they don’t want to put in the concomitant parking spaces.
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I haven’t kept track of things there since they put up the paywall. (Do they still charge $7 per capita and pay the workers minimum wage? Something like that.)
Some people want to be alone with their plants at what used to be a free public garden, so that’s fine.
“A common species on earth however rare for Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Joseph Mailliard listed it as a rarity during the summers at Golden Gate Park in his book “The Birds of Golden Gate Park” published in 1930. At the time it was referred to as an “Anthony Green Heron” p.24.”
Here’s a shot from the former Strybing Arboretum eight years ago, when there were a few about.
(That was from before paywall went up at Strybing Arboretum. The Board of Supervisors said that they would revisit the issue of charging for admission at the “San Francisco Botanical Garden” if things didn’t work out and, actually, things didn’t work out, but I don’t think anybody’s going to seriously reconsider the pay gates.* Oh well. So, I’m never going back there. Oh well.)
*Uh RPD, do you want ideas about what to do instead of blindly following whatever the Botanical Society tells you to do? Oh, not really? OK. Uh, RPD, don’t you know that everybody knows that you were lying about the projected attendance figures in the post-paywall era? You do? Good. But the attendance figures are much lower than what you were actually expecting, right? And what you were actually expecting was a lot lower than what you said you were expecting, right? And you’re cool with that, and you had no other options at all, RPD, so this is the greatest thing ever, right? OK fine.
OMG, the Rare California Valley Quail of Golden Gate Park are Still Around in 2012, as This Photo From David Cruz ShowsWednesday, February 1st, 2012
Via Natures Lantern – click to expand
Now myself, I haven’t seen quail since 2009, but I’ve not really had a chance since I’m boycotting the Strybing Arboretum these days owing to the toll booths they installed based upon impossibly optimistic attendance projections.
But anyway, it’s nice to see that these critters are still around in 2012…
Here’s What the San Francisco Botanical Garden Looked Like Before They Started Charging $7 Per Day AdmissionWednesday, December 14th, 2011
This is from before the time they put up the tollbooths. (I’ve stopped going there myself, a kind of boycott, I suppose.)
These days the place is a ghost town and all the docents are upset about the big change.
Attendance is “less than anticipated” but the people who did the anticipating knew they were lying so I don’t know how you score that one.
San Francisco Fox Roundup 2011: There are Fewer Adorable Red and Gray Foxes in Town, But They’re Out ThereThursday, December 8th, 2011
I think they are, out there in Golden Gate Park and the Presidio and other less urban parts of town. I thought I could point you to some photos of sightings this year, but I came up empty. (I found of lot of paintings (like this one at our Legion of Honor Museum) and other works of art and honeys and Halloween costumes and the like.)
However, all these relatively recent shots are new to me
2010 at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park
Another one in GGP
2010 in the Parkside near the Zoo
It was a lot easier to spot foxes back in the Aughts, back in the first decade of the 2000’s. Poison got a few red foxes in Golden Gate Park (and one got hit by a car on Crossover Drive, I think) and the native gray foxes are probably up there in the Presidio still, but I can’t point you to photos to show that. Oh well.
This was the San Francisco Fox Roundup for 2009. Enjoy:
After a period of time of no sightings of foxes in Golden Gate Park, it seems that they might be coming back, especially in the western end. They probably are able to travel back and forth to the Presidio and Land’s End fairly easily.
Here’s a report from Joyce W., who saw a Fantastic Mr. (or Mrs. Fox) back in 2009:
“It was about 4:00 pm and the fox was within 15 feet of JFK BLVD at the far West end.
It was intently watching a gopher hole on a wide open patch of mowed lawn.
Two cars stopped and watched in silence which didn’t seem to bother the fox.
It wasn’t until a jogger came by that the creature dashed into the woods.
I am 90% sure it was a Red Fox and not our local Grey Fox. Very striking colour combination with the red, black and white.
How did these creatures end up in the park? Amazing.
I regret that my cell phone was tucked away. I was mesmerized by the vision before my eyes and didn’t want to divert my gaze for a second.
I watched it be absolutely still for at least three minutes.”
So there you have it. Coyotes are a similar size, but they run with their tails down and they’re not red the way cute cute red foxes are. So let’s call this a reliable report of a red fox in the west end of GGP at the tail end of 2009. Elusive, aren’t they? (Not at all like San Francisco’s raccoons and parrots.)
Here are photos of some east end foxes, from back in the day:
Foxes certainly don’t mind living in and around cities. Near Lincoln Boulevard in the Inner Sunset. Until we get some new photos, these old ones will have to do. Click to expand:
The last fox I photographed in Golden Gate Park. A wispy blur:
From about 175 feet away in Strybing Arboretum. She’ll see you before you see her:
A kit (or pup or cub) with its mom:
Keep a look out, they’re out there somewhere.
Send in your reports or post them to Twitter, as Thrusty did.
Arachnophagic Blue Jays of Golden Gate Park: Pumpkin Spider Goes to Heaven Just Six Days Before HalloweenTuesday, October 25th, 2011
This coastal Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica, aka California Jay, Long-tailed Jay ) in Golden Gate Park don’t like them spiders. You can tell because the blue jay spotted a web from a great distance, found a tasty, 8-legged, 4-eyed treat (Araneus trifolium, aka Pumpkin Spider) and then mashed it into bits.
Poor little feller. He almost made it to Halloween.*
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Poor little feller.
*Halloween 2004 that is. But the EXIF says October 25th and that’s six days a’fore Hallo’ween no matter the year…
Hilarious: Tiny Free Speech Zone for Paywalled Botanical Garden Arboretum Protest – Plus Ghost of Helene StrybingTuesday, August 9th, 2011
I’ll tell you, I don’t want to know if this free speech zone outside of Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park is real or fake or something inbetwixt.
Cause it doesn’t matter – this thing is too funny for words.
As seen over the weekend:
And here’s the ghost of forgotten Helene Strybing:
Keep her in mind when you’re thinking about donating money, you know, a “legacy gift” or whatnot, to the Rec and Park….