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Frosty Tree

Laura Walthers sent me this photo she took in her yard. She also has great photos of nature and fairies on her website. Check it out!

www.beingenchanted.com

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After some rains we’ve had warm weather again. I have a few pictures from a walk recently.

Here’s a small valley very close to my house in Marin. The photographer has the San Francisco Bay to her back. This was taken in the late afternoon, just as the sun was dropping below the hills on the right. I really love this valley and have enjoyed many walks on the trails. There is a particular rock that calls my name, to lean back against and connect with nature.

 

 

And just after the sun dropped behind the hills.

My sister couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots of me leaning against my rock as the slanting sunlight lit up my eyes in such an interesting way.

View looking north from the valley.

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My sister came to visit and we worked some magic with the weather – we had early winter rains at night, then crystal clear and sunny days!  So we ENJOYED this gift to the fullest, and did a little sight-seeing close to home.  Here is the view from the Marin Headlands, where the Golden Gate Bridge reaches land on the north side of the crossing. In the distance you can see San Francisco.  It really is amazing and wonderful that this huge natural reserve and open space has been kept free of development, for the pleasure of anyone who wants to pay a visit.

Here’s a link to a short video from this day on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8usDdWz-dno&feature=context-cha

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We continued a bit further west – out towards the great Pacific Ocean.

And enjoyed the glorious views all the way !

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On the day of the eclipse I joined some friends at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/crissy-field.html

Crissy Field

This is a picture I got from their website.

Crissy Field had originally been an air field but is now a park located on the north shore of SF, just east of the Golden Gate Bridge. The view is gorgeous! To the northwest is the bridge with the Marin Headlands behind it. And in the afternoon the Sun sets behind the bridge. Across the bay to the north is the beautiful Marin County where I live. There were lots of sail boats and of course, Alcatraz Island.  It tends to be windy there and Sunday was no exception. Wind surfers and kite surfers were leaping and flipping away on the choppy water.

We had a delicious picnic with only a bit of sand getting into my Sauvignon Blanc. My friend’s two sons and two dogs were running and tussling with vigor. As the afternoon grew later, people brought out their telescopes, cameras and goffy glasses to view the Eclipse. I wore the goofy glasses too.

Sarah in Guffy Glasses

The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers set up a giant telescope with a view screen at the end. Hundreds of people watched with great excitement and anticipation.

Sun GunThis isn’t the best picture but I circled the image of the sun. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The Sun was just above the bridge during the eclipse. It was quite a view!

At the time of complete eclipse everyone clapped and hooted. Everyone was so friendly. It was great to share this event with others. The light got thin and bluish. It was like the difference between nonfat milk and cream. And the really coolest thing happened with shadows! They were doubled.

Double Shadow during the Eclipse

And the shadows of the leaves on the trees were all sickle shaped!

Sickly shaped shadows

What an amazing world we live in!

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A shy rose

A shy rose. Richard sent me this image.

Paper Birch Tree

Kathryn in Scotland sent me this image.

“In my woodland I have this wonderful tree:Betula papyrifera, the paper bark birch.  Its bark peels off, and when the morning sun shines through the peeling bark, it looks like it’s on fire – dazzling!”

View west from Scotland

Also from Kathryn – Looking west toward Iona Island

“This is the blue view from my window –
blue sky, blue islands, blue sea. Heavenly blue!”

Pink Rose

Another pink rose. I love roses.

Breckenridge Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado

Trees at the Audobon Center in Saucilito

Trees at the Audobon Center in Stinson, California (with a little Photoshop)

Purple Pansies

Purple Pansies – They have such happy faces!Pink Rose

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I bumped into this amazing photo that was taken on December 22, 2010, shortly after the eclipse and Solstice. The photographer is Lisa Bettany and here’s where I found this image. http://www.flickr.com/photos/redpilotmedia/

I especially love the shadows on the water from the buildings.

Nice job Lisa!

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