Category Archives: trees/urban forest

the park’s urban forest

Metson Lake

Metson Lake, south-east of the Polo Field, is an out-of-the-way gem in Golden Gate Park.  Built in 1908 and intended as a reservoir to hold irrigation water for the park,   it opened in conjunction with the Murphy Windmill, a … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus at Dusk

One of my favorite times to walk in Golden Gate Park is at dusk.  The great, old trees stand tall, silhouetted against the sky, each one uniquely contorted and top-heavy in a delicate balancing act compensating for limbs lopped off … 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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More Eucalyptus in Golden Gate Park: The Cadenasso Group

The Cadenasso Group, a grove of Eucalyptus trees on the west shore of Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park, is named in honor of  San Francisco painter Giuseppe Cadenasso (1858-1918).  Cadenasso arrived in California from Italy at the age of 9 and studied painting at … Continue reading

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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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