Joe's Picture of the Day/Week/Month

Monday, Oct 28, 2019 - Sunday, Jun 05, 2022

May 14, 2022

FogbowFogbow and Brocken Spectre togetherwith a brocken spectre kicker. On Twin Peaks this morning

May 10, 2022

Gotta Sing!White Crowned Sparrow SingingAt  Pedro Point headlands, Pacifica

April 30, 2022

Brocken spectre morning:Brocken SpectreOn Twin Peaks, Saturday morning

March 18. 2022

I just like this one... I don't know whyDead trees seen from Sawyer Camp Trail

March 14, 2022

Cool lenticular cloud formation on the walk home:Lenticular Cloud over San Francisco

March 12, 2022

The Elusive FogbowA FogBow

Walking up towards Twin Peaks

March 8, 2022

Another one for the boss:Squirrel climbing a tree

March 1, 2022

Moth on a wildflowerMoth on a wildflowerAt Huddart State Park the Phleger Estate, the southernmost tip of the GGNRA near Woodside

February 25, 2022

Red Tail Hawk at Coyote Hills Regional ParkRed Tail Hawk perched near the top of a treeWith, if you look closely, not one but two  leg bands... orange and white. I'm sure it was like... "Not again. How 'bout I just tell you where I've been."

And one more bird shot from the walk, perhaps not deserving front page placement due to the rather unromantic metal post it is perched on but still, a nice shot of a Tree Swallow:Tree Swallow

February 20, 2022

View of  San Andreas Lake as seen from the approach to Sweeney Ridge. San Andreas Lake as seen from Sweeney RidgeThe fault was originally identified  here by UC Berkeley geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895, who chose to name it after the lake.  

February 15, 2022


Great Egret fishing
Great Egret with small fishOn the Bay Trail near Shoreline

February 13, 2022

Touchdown!Great Egret Landing in a marshNo really. The bird is coming in for a landing with the feet just touching the ground.

February 11, 2022

Just a nice shot from a couple of weeks ago Stairway and sunbeams leaving a Redwood ForestOn the edge of the redwoods in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve 

February 4, 2022

Wildlife Study Area.  Do Not Enter...Wildlife Study Area notice near Slacker Ridge

Because Wildlife hates to be bothered when studying (near Slacker Ridge)

February 2, 2022

Early Season Wildflowers:Early season wildflowers west of Hwy 1 near Grey Whale CoveSouth of Gray Whale Cove

January 25, 2022

The beast king, keeper of the forest:A tree stump that looks more like an animal to me...At Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

January 21, 2022

Hummingbird re-seats itself:Hummingbird about to landGoing up Old Pedro Mountain Road, just south of Linda Mar in Pacifica

January 18, 2022

Goethe and Schiller discuss their mutal fear of heights:Goethe schiller memorial in Golden Gate Park in front of the Ferris Wheelat Golden Gate Park.

January 17, 2022

At the base of Tank HillLeafless treeName that tree... No, seriously... what kind of tree is that?

January 14, 2022

Great Blue Heron in the trees:
Great Blue HeronNear Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park

January 4, 2022

Nice view of Andy Goldsworth's "Spire" in the PresidioAndy Goldsworthy's Spire (in the Presidio)

January 2, 2022

Cue eye-rolling from folks who live with *real* weather:

Frost on Stairs heading up to Twin PeaksJack Frost nipping at something... Yeah, yeah,  I know. Poor babies. Seriously, though, this is unusual for here.  (and yes, Joe managed to get some of his beloved patterns in the pix)

December 31,  2021

Seeing faces in the vegation is no reason to worry:Faces in the floras... When they start talking to you, *then* you can worry.

December 28, 2021

An interesting view:Ferris wheel and city-scape Much going on here.

December 24, 2021

Forgive this brief foray into the personal:Christmas Bush Decorations at Stow LakeStow Lake was an important place for my wife and I during in her last 3 months, as cancer took its toll on her body. The easy walk, many benches and glorious animals gave us much joy in a difficult time. She had hand-made a series of these Christmas ornaments long before we had met. It gives me (us) great joy to share them via the community Christmas bush at the lake and now here, with you. Merry Christmas from us.

December 21, 2021

And the first Great Blue Heron sighting of the season at Stow Lake:Great Blue Heron at Stow LakeiIf past experience is any indication, soon they will be building nests high in the tree on one of smaller islands in the lake.

December 17, 2021

Did I mention I really like patterns and textures:Ferns

December 14, 2021

Much work, much rain, so not much new in the way of pix. Still we have this lesson in horizon, courtesy of a gorgeous day after a storm blew the atmosphere clear:The Farallon islands on the horizonNote the Farallon islands  appear as they usually do ...(when you can see them from the City)... on the horizon. But climb up Montara Mountain and at 1600 ft above sea level, the horizon is further away ... you can actually see water behind the islands:The Farallon Islands from 1600 feet above sea levelI know. Who cares? Well, I thought is was pretty neat. But then, it don't take much.

December 8, 2021

Hard to believe...Coyote in Golden Gat Park

....that it was around 2001 when the first of the new wave of coyotes arrived in the city. Now, its like... whatr's that. Oh, just a coyote. Only the Ravens seem to get excited.

December 7, 2021

On Twin Peaks:Raven

December 5, 2021

More birds on the Bayshore:Avocets, some swarming, some swimming

December 3, 2021

Assorted AvianA variety of birds

on the Bay Trail near Palo Alto / Mountain View border

November 30, 2021

BobcatOn Rodeo Valley Trail in the Marin Headlands... Appropriately, located just  to the south of ... Bobcat Trail.

November 29, 2021

Tripod!?! I thought you said bring an iPod...A shaky image of the Golden Gate Bridge

November 27, 2021

Red Tail Hawk on Twin Peaks...

Red Tail Hawk

November 25, 2021

Obligatory wide-angle lens shot of redwoodsSecond and third growth Redwoods

November 23, 2021

There are days when you just need a slug...

Banana Slug and MushroomSlug and Mushroom? Sounds like the title of a 'zine

November 22, 2021

Pride of Madeira Plant .... Oh, and some bridge in the background:

Pride of Madeira Plant and GG bridge

November 20, 2021

Most of our business is on the web these days...

Abandoned Spider Web in the morning dew

November 19, 2021

It was a damp and drizzly day...Reflections in stow lake

November 18, 2021

After a 3AM wake-up call, this is as close as I will get to tonight's partial lunar eclipse:Branches, clouds and full moonstill... I am tempted to set the alarm...

November 17, 2021

On the walk to work:

 Coyote and raven on Twin Peaks

November 16, 2021

One for the boss...

...Just a squirrel...don't ask...

November 14, 2021

City view at night

View of San Francisco at night

November 13, 2021

Brocken Spectre morning:

Brocken Spectre on twin peaksHey, that's me out there (or my shadow, anyway, in the rainbow ring).

November 12, 2021

More textures and patterns:

Old worn roadside guardrail supportOn twin peaks.

November 11, 2021

Layers of SF... Mt Tam, Marin headlands, Fog, Golden Gate:

Mt Tam, Marin Headlands, low fog, Bridge, SF

November 10,  2021

Just a simple leaf and sky viewFall leaves at the end of a stem and wispy blue skyfrom a hike near Sweeney Ridge a couple of weeks ago.

November 9, 2021

A view from the set of an Indiana Jones movie?

Drainage system above Grey Whale Cove Nope. Just a look at the drainage system above Grey Whale Cove Beach:

November 8, 2021

A little labyrinth on Pedro Point headlands:

Labyrinth and shadow

November 7, 2021

And somewhere under that tangled mess is a tree.Vines tangled around a tree

November 6, 2021

From yesterday's amble... Pedro Point Headlands with Devil's slide in the distance (Pacifica):

Pedro Point headlands with Devil's Slide in the hazy distance

November 5, 2021

Did  I mention I'm a fan of patterns and textures?

Close-up of the patterns in a branch

November 4, 2021

 Colors and patterns:

Bush and barbed wire

from the Sawyer Camp Trail hike.

November 3, 2021

Moon and mercury.Crescent moon and mercury rising over San Francisco

Wanted to go with this one, just for the cheesy title: "The Owl and the Chesire Cat (moon)" but the owl wouldn't cooperate and perch closer to the moon:

Owl in tree and crescent moon

November 2, 2021

Wild turkeys on Sawyer Camp Trail

Wild Turkeys Foraging

November 1, 2021: 

Who Dat?

Owl on sign

October 31, 2021

Nature bringin' the Halloween Orange:

Orange sunrise

Going with the seasonal colors for pix of the day over this unusual lighting phenomena seen over the Richmond District this morning...

End of the rainbow... or the beginning

October 30, 2021

An off day amble... After a frustrating morning of waiting on plumbers at the apartment, I headed out in the later afternoon particular place to go but that's normal for me.  Golden Gate Park is a good first option so I set my sites on the Alvord Lake Bridge and points beyond, remembering as I entered the park that it was Outside Lands weekend and maybe GG Park was not such a good idea. Made my way toward the Arguello gate. After a pleasantr conversation on the Oak Woodlands Trail, I headed to the Presidio and ultimately the Crissy Field Marsh.  Had the Macro Lens on the Camera (a personal favorite)... Here's the thing... No matter what lens I mount, I always end up  wishing I had chosen a different one. Today was no exception. In this case, I glanced up and saw this:

Clouds with rainbow colors

A Sunbow!  To be tediously accurate, "cloud iridescence."  No matter what you call it, It's really cool to see and relatiuvely uncommon. Nor surprisingly, I could not get the a wide enough shot to fully capture what I was seeing. No problem. I still have my trusty Smart phone camera. Whipped it out and captured this:

Cloud iridescence, land and bird

Not bad, eh? I'd love to tell you I planned to get that bird in the shot but the truth is, 'twas nothing but dumb luck.