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growing, green stuff in the park

That bark! (more on eucalyptus)

These giants in the panhandle must be over a hundred years old.  According to Elizabeth McIntock’s pamphlet, Trees of the Panhandle, published in 1973, they are Manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) and, in Australia, the favorite food of Koala bears.  Sometimes also … Continue reading

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another take on eucalyptus

I made this quick water color sketch of a very old eucalyptus in the panhandle of Golden Gate Park a couple of years ago.  The bark is amazing;  so hard to capture all the nuances of color and pattern.  And those twisting branches. … Continue reading

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I Heart Eucalpytus

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There, I’ve said it. Perhaps, indeed, they do not belong in this part of the world. Perhaps, indeed, they will be tinder one day in some terrible conflagration. But I love the eucalyptus trees, their white…

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monterey cypress

If there is one iconic tree in Golden Gate Park, I think it would have to be the magnificent Monterey Cypress that stands by itself on a small knoll in the great oval lawn just inside the main gate of the … Continue reading

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zen in golden gate park: the art of nature journaling

Recently I spent a week in the Sierras “nature-journaling” with John Muir Laws:  http://www.johnmuirlaws.com  If you aren’t familiar with Jack Laws, I highly recommend getting to know him.  Whenever I’m in the Sierras I depend on The Laws Field Guide … Continue reading

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the oldest trees in golden gate park: coastal oak woodlands predate the park

In the north east corner of Golden Gate Park, along Fulton Ave. behind McLaren Lodge and the Conservatory of Flowers, a grove of native coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) offers a glimpse of what the San Francisco peninsula was like before the … Continue reading

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a timeless grove in golden gate park

How fitting that a grove of redwoods in Golden Gate Park commemorates those who have lost their lives to AIDS.  For me, a stroll through these magnificent giants is a spiritual experience whenever I encounter them.  Even more than stone circles and … Continue reading

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