"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."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Golden Gate Park - from One End to the Other

Monday, it called to me...the need to be outdoors, to walk and walk and walk...so, *armed* with my trusty Canon..(and some peanuts)..I set off to walk the Park from end-to-end.  (A little over 5 miles)  So....come on, join me!

First Stop - The Horseshoe Courts

I remember my Father taking me here as a child....not to play horseshoes - but to gaze up in awe at the beautiful White Horse carved in the cliff..

Sadly, with time and erosion and years of neglect - all that remains of this Magical Steed is...

A bit of his right hind leg and if you look carefully....part of his tail...

Into the Park...

Yes, even Cactus grow here!

Second Stop - Stow Lake

Turtle Time......everyone was out enjoying the Spring Sunshine!



The Snout-Nosed Turtle just emerged from his Winter's sleep!  

Muscovy Ducks...there are 8 who live here.. but on this day, I only saw two..

The Geese departed over the Winter.....but are beginning to return....and *Court*!  I saw these two atop the cliff in the centre of the lake...hmmmmm...can Goslings be far away....?

We do have a Waterfall here.....(man-made, of course)...*Rainbow Falls*!

          Also encountered...this van.....had to take the photo for Yoborobo!

My first *Hummer* of the Spring!


There are also some very fuzzy Owl Chicks across from the Bison....  I didn't know about them until the day after I hiked here....but I am using a photo taken by my friend, Rodney!

Look at that mask....a little *Don Giovanni*!

Third Stop  - North Lake

The *Wildest* area in the park - and my favourite!  Not too many humans...and home to Raccoons, Stellar Jays, Ravens and....Coyotes!
(Nope...didn't see any Coyotes on this trip...although we have crossed paths!)

More *Masked Marauders*!

 As I walked...and we neared the Ocean, the weather clouded over...... but seeing the Old Windmill and the beautiful flowers in the *Tulip Garden* still brought brightness and warmth to the eye!

Leaving the Tulip Gardens..it's just a few more feet until you reach........

Stop 4 - The Pacific Ocean

Whew!  I was a bit tired after this long hike...  but it was wonderful!  I'm glad you made the hike with me!


♥ Robin ♥

Monday, March 11, 2013

Colours - Green

I haven't done a new colour series in a while.... although I HAVE been photographing *Green Thingies* for months....  so....in honour of St. Patrick's Day (as I am a half-Irish lass) and the advent of Spring.....here are my Green Photos!

My favourite Peridot Earrings!

* Squawk....ok, my head is Red.....but the rest of me is GREEN!*

First leaves of Spring on one of my favourite trees...

So many different shades of Green..

The left eye of a half-Irish lass! 

Erin go Bragh! Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

For Renee

It is hard to believe that almost three years have passed since you left us. Your spirit remains strong in all of us who knew you.  You are missed.  I keep you in my heart and thank you still for helping me through my darkest time.

" Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while.  The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him.  For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."  (J. R.R. Tolkien)

Thinking of you and all your family,


♥ Robin ♥