I finally made it to the San Francisco Zoo. Have you ever tried to go somewhere and wind up starting to go half a dozen times before it actually works out? I have even driven here a few times and couldn’t park or it was closed etc. Well, we finally made it, and the weather was fine. It was a lovely day to visit the famous beachside zoo and botanical garden. Many of the animals were doing what they do best and what I wish I was doing, napping. Some of the enclosures were smaller, darker, and more older fashioned than I would have expected at a zoo this large and famous and frequently visited. But, toddler temper tantrums aside it was a lovely visit with the highlights being the hippo, the giraffes, the penguins, the koalas (thinking of their friends down under), and the gardens.
*My son would like to note his favorite part was the bubbles and the garbage cans. So, there you have it, a solid three year old review of the Zoo.
Lovely gardens here at the Zoo and the weather was fine
I love me some giraffes
Pretty shot of the aviary
Up close and personal with some penguins
Here are a few wee whimsical doors from San Francisco Zoo and it’s marvelous botanical gardens. Enjoy but don’t bump your head.
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I have posted about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco before but there is even more to talk about. The California Academy of Sciences is a world class science center which proves entertaining for adults and children. I was visiting the sites nearby and had a few hours to kill and thought it would be a fun stop. It’s been a few years since I last visited and the dinosaurs were visiting this time around!
One of my favorite features is the living roof which is reminiscent of a hobbit house being bulbous with port hole windows. From the roof one can see 360 degree views of the spacious and green park and get a burst of sea air.
Next on the list of my favorites is the indoor rain forest. No time to travel south of the equator? Come here and see some lovely tress, flowers, birds, frogs, and butterflies native to the world’s rain forests. Science center guides are available to educate children on butterfly and bird species and their habitats.
Not enough for you? Head downstairs to a spacious and impressive aquarium where the littles can touch sea creatures in a tide pool and walk under the fish tanks. Don’t forget a visit to the famous albino alligator on your way out of the natural history museum area. And bring a picnic because there is no better place to sit and enjoy the sunshine in the City by the Bay!
Don’t miss this wonderful stop on your next trip to San Francisco!
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden has been on my local list of attractions for a while. I can’t say why I haven’t gone before but I haven’t. And after visiting today looking for some fall colors I certainly regret not having gone sooner. I can say the Arboretum and gardens were not at all what I expected…in a good way. I expected just a large park with some glorious old trees and a place for my son to run around reasonably free. Instead, I found a lovely meandering creek called the Putah Creek lovingly surrounded by well maintained gardens and walking bridges. Visitors can walk the entire thing or sections and can follow both sides of the creek. They will be joined by runners, students, local residents, gossiping women, and visitors like me.
It is hard to be unhappy in a place like this even with heavy smoke in the air from the Butte Fire raging a small distance away. Several distinct gardens keep one’s interest while they get their steps in. Acacia gardens, redwood gardens, desert gardens, and plants and trees from China were the highlights. Ducks followed us everywhere we went. This perfect little park is a quiet oasis placed smack in the middle of one of California’s premier Universities.
It important to remember this lovely garden is in the middle of a thriving city and university
What a lovely peaceful location
Interesting flower blooming in the fall
Smoke from the Butte fire is high
Squint yours eyes a little bit and you will think you are in Giverny with Monet and his green bridge
Golden Gate Park is full of surprises and pleasant escapes from the rest of the City. It is certainly up for “Best Park in America” if you ask me which no one ever does…
I digress. One of the many treats in Golden Gate Park is the Conservatory of Flowers. It was like a trip back to Victorian times only more humid.
And where better to try out my new iPhone XS? The portrait feature is a lot of fun providing some fake depth of field by blurring out the background of your subject. The phone is particularly better taking photos in high and low light compared to previous versions. (Thank you Apple for finally improving that.) Some of the filters are comically bad from a real photography perspective but they are fun from a, well, fun perspective. Bottom line, the phone takes a much much clearer photo than before which I appreciate considering the obscene price.
This looks like it is something that belongs in Europe not in the “New World”
Beautiful garden and art outside the front of the building
Lovely little alley which invites you to see what’s on the other side
I love this view
This to me is gorgeous despite its not being even from left to right
Mother Nature is showing off her artistic side
Don’t forget to look down
A treat from the Dahlia garden outside
Purple, always a dramatic color
It’s the City by the Bay. The City that Rocks. The City that Never Sleeps. We Built this City on Rock and Roll! ~Jefferson Starship, We Built This City
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I have always had a fondness for Calla Lilies since my Grandmother had a yard full of them. I found the color and shape of these from the Maple Rock Garden Bloomtastic event interesting and unusual. They look park leaf, part flower, park lili pad to me.
This concludes my Maple Rock Gardens series. I hope you have enjoyed your macro garden tour! Thank you for joining me. Be sure to tip your driver!
Sometimes I just take a photo of something seemingly benign and it turns in to something pretty. (Yes folks, that’s a dead palm leaf.) The shadows and color in these photos bring me to somewhere sunny and tropical. It was a lovely little oasis at “Bloomtastic 2018” at Maple Rock Gardens.
Hi there Hydrangea. The colors of these flowering bushes at Maple Rock Gardens were spectacular. Blues and purples in nature can be perfection.