Author Archives: fromthethicket

About fromthethicket

I'm a landscape historian and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, UC Davis. I live in San Francisco.

The Park: A Love Story

The Helen Crocker Russell Library is pleased to present a new exhibition by photographer Stephen Kane. The exhibit, The Park: A Love Story, celebrates the beauty and diversity of landscapes and flora in our beloved Golden Gate Park. This will be … Continue reading

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Happy 146th Birthday Golden Gate Park

Follow the link below to watch a video tribute to San Francisco’s flagship park from the Department of Recreation and Parks. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRZXk9D5-qo&sns=em

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Getting To Know The Great Horned Owls Of Golden Gate Park | Hoodline

A great article about Great Horned Owls in Golden Gate Park: Living near Golden Gate Park means getting used to nocturnal wildlife encounters, whether it’s raccoons, skunks or the occasional coyote. But there’s another neighborhood animal that’s more often heard than seen: … Continue reading

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Foglift, Golden Gate Park

FOGLIFT, GOLDEN GATE PARK Thank you Steven Kane for this beautiful new photograph:  “Foglift, Golden Gate Park.” Steven writes:  “This is new work, and one of my two pieces accepted for a national juried show that opens today at PHOTO, a fine … Continue reading

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Some Snags at Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park

As both an artist and a naturalist I’m drawn to the dead trees on the islands in Stow Lake. Their skeletal remains stand out dramatically against the sky and they exemplify the natural life cycles in the park.  Heavy with ivy, nasturtium and other creeping … Continue reading

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The Rustic Bridge, Stow Lake

The “Rustic Bridge” at Stow Lake cries out “paint me,” to watercolorists like me. No other spot in Golden Gate Park evokes the English rustic tradition quite so picturesquely as this bridge. Designed by Arthur Page Brown in 1892, it … Continue reading

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Jean-Michel Othoniel Installs ‘La Rose des Vents’ Sculpture at SF’s Conservatory of Flowers

La Rose des Vent, a sculpture by Parisian artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, is the newest addition to the gardens outside Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers. Follow the link below to watch a time-lapse video of the installation, by Scott Enberg. … Continue reading

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