"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Sunny Walk in the Presidio

The sun finally decided to show himself today and....I had an Opera-free day - so inspired by Lo and Mim's blogs, I set off on a much-needed walk.  I am lucky to live quite close to the Presidio - it is filled with many hiking trails and lovely vistas, the air is fragrant with Eucalyptus.

I had hoped to come across some animals so I would have an "Animal Wednesday" Post....but wouldn't you know, I didn't even see one bird I could come close enough to photograph (though I heard many....but they were in a camera-shy mood)!  I was hoping on my way home to at least run into somone walking their dog....but alas....nope!

I did find these lovely lilac wildflowers to mark my way..

Many years ago, during an early morning hike, I did "meet" a Coyote in this very spot! Yes, in San Francisco! He was intent on watching something and when he finally noticed me, he nearly jumped out of his fur! Too bad I didn't carry a camera in those days....but I think of him and smile whenever I pass this spot!

I love this little brick bridge....  it had fallen into a state of disrepair the last time I was here - nice to see it has been lovingly restored. 

Last....enroute home, I snapped this gorgeous flower in my neighbour's garden....it stands alone, like a Sentinel, watching over the rest of his flowers....does anyone know what it is?
I came home refreshed and re-engerised ..... it was a wonderful afternoon.  Tomorrow...back to the Opera World for the next four days!


♥ Robin ♥


  1. The second photo makes me think of Lolos, Into the woods painting of little red riding hood. We saw blue sky today also and good news.. warmer temps are predicted for a few days and no rain. I can live with that. :))

  2. Oh oh oh!!!!
    The memories swarm back~~yes, I smell the eucalyptus in the air and know the paths in and around the old Presidio.
    The flower in your last photo is a foxglove, generally biennial now. The perennial ones are smaller blossomed and yellow; hybrid are a riot of colors and the flowers usually make the stalks droop.
    The little caps on the ground~~are they from the eucalyptus? My gosh, I remember how much of that base was still natural when we lived there; am so glad to see it is being USED in some manner.
    Portola Street was home....
    Millie Grazie Robin!!!


  3. Hi Cris! It looks like many of us decided to begin those "Spring/Summer" walks again!

    It is ironic my photo reminded you of Lolo's "Into the Woods".....because I fell in love with that painting the moment she posted a photo of it.....and....last October, she presented it to me a Birthday Gift! Now I have it here in my home....and I truly treasure it.

    After yesterday's golden-hued adventure, I awoke to FOG this morning...but....it is mild and there is hope it will burn off and the afternoon will be gorgeous.

    I hope we both continue to have some *golden* days.....warmth is so wonderful!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  4. Anne.... I am so happy I could bring back some San Francisco Memories for you! Although the Military left the Presidio several years ago, the entire Park is kept up...although sadly, the city has chopped down many of the trees (to please the tourists with more views) which has destroyed many of the "Enchanted Forsest" trails I once wandered and adored.... still, there are a great many left and I think you would find yourself "at home" in many places within the park.

    Yes, those little *caps* are from Eucalyptus!

    Thank you for the "Foxglove" lesson! I will remember that now!

    If I ever get out to Portola Street, will take a photo for you!

    Ciao, Bella Anne!

    ♥ Robin ♥

  5. Oh goodness, what a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the sights. I always see something so special when I walk but only when I don't have my camera with me. lol Mostly kidding, I walk everyday and it is alway sspecial.

  6. What great photos, Robin. If you haven't already, you should read "Two Years Before the Mast" because much of the book is about your area in the first half of the 19th century, although the author did return years later. It's truly a great read.

  7. The beauty of animal Wednesday is that you can just THINK of an animal and you're in!
    Glad you went for a walk and in such a lovely space. And yes it is a foxglove - aka digitalis. Used to treat heart ailments but poisonous to most. But gorgeous and wonderful.
    Lovely photos robin.

  8. The walk through the Presidio brings me back to the smells and sounds I miss, but I have to say I'm finding a blissful nature thing going on here too, finally.

    I love Foxglove but they're highly poisoness to pets so I never put them in my gardens. They look wonderful en masse!

    But wait, there is a mention of a bird here...Robin ;)

    HAW to you LS!

    P.S. yay bruins!!

  9. Teri...yes, I agree....walking is healthy in every aspect! I am *forced* to walk a lot because I no longer have a car.. but I will confess, it always feels great afterwards!

    Hugs to you and Sunshine!

    ♥ Robin ♥

  10. Snowwwww!!!! You know I am always happy to see you have come for a visit! I consider myself fairly well-read (those Nuns!)...but I must confess I have never read "Two Years Before the Mast".... (I have heard of it...)
    And....as I do trust your judgement, I am going out to my favourite used book store.... (as I am NOT a Kindle Girl)...and will buy and read it. Thank you for the recommendation!

    You have been quiet as of late.... I always keep you, Peggy, Brewsky and Blue in my thoughts and p---ers.....

    Big Hugs to all,

    ♥ Robin ♥

  11. Mimmmmm! Thank you for visiting.... I know I could have downloaded an "AW" photo...but I was so hoping to see a real-time animal! And darn..."my" Mockingbird has been singing his 3,000 "arias" full blast through the night!
    (Just hard to capture him in the "Midnight Hour"!)

    Hoping for an "Operatic Doggie" AW soon!

    Love, always,

    ♥ Robin ♥

  12. Ha-ha, BS! You are too funny! Sometimes I forget "my"name is that of a feathery one!
    Of course my "surname" is also good for "AW"!

    I am happy to hear you are re-adjusting to life on the East Coast.... as we both know, each coast has it's great qualities!

    That beautiful Foxglove flower in my neighbour's garden is a solitary one. I guess the seed was blown in from another garden....
    It is way too high to bother doggies and kitties... and I have to say that even on a grey day like today, seeing it's bright olour warms me!

    GO BRUINS!!!!!!!


    ♥ LS ♥


    am i the first to identify it??? (heeehee)

    lovely walk, robin. i like thinking of you soaking in the sounds and sights of nature at its best.

    ah but what is that circle? it is my favorite photograph here. i think they are bottle caps but no?


  14. Lovely flower! Thought it was a digitalis. Foxgloves sounds lovely, maybe it is the same thing?
    Looks like a perfect walk robin, know this must have nourished your soul.
    Hope you are having the same perfect weather in your days off now!
    I am going to bed soon and catch up some sleep......

    love and hugs to you dear♥♥♥

  15. Marianne, the drug digitalis comes from a flower that goes by the common name of foxglove.