Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park is home to a vast number of turtles. Most are red-eared sliders. My love for them is mixed. They are not native to the area and quite invasive.
If you have turtles or frogs or any other animal as a pet, do NOT release them into the wild! Non native species can be very destructive.
Now that I’ve said that, enjoy. 🙂
We set out early this morning to experiment with night shots, once again getting more than we bargained for, by sheer luck.
Walking around one of our favorite locations, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, we heard the characteristic screech of an owl.
Looking up, we realized we had upset it by walking directly under its nest atop a colonnade.
The following shots reminded us of a scene out of “Blade Runner”. Enjoy…
Hiding in the upper left corner of the photo was this.
One of our favorite places in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park. We go there as often as we can. This year, we got there in time to see the offspring of the Canadian Geese that live around Stow Lake. Once we saw the first batch of goslings, we made a point of going back more often.
This was the first batch that we saw. There were 8 goslings in total. I shall refer to them as No. 1. 🙂
The next week, we went back. We not only saw group No. 1, but we saw a new group, No. 2. They were quite small and still bright yellow. There were four of them.
Group No. 1 had already grown a bit. All 8 were still there.
A week or so later, we drove by again. This time, I saw a creche and I hopped out of the car to count geese and take pics. Group 2 was there. They had grown a lot. I thought the others were group 1, but there were 9 goslings. It turns out that it was a 3rd group. In all, I saw 21 goslings that day as I found group 1 a short distance away. Groups 1 and 2 had grown so much that they were almost done molting.
Just a few days ago, we drove by one more time to check on geese. Holy Cow! They had grown up! This is what we found.