Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Success at last…

Many times in these posts I have mentioned visiting the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. In particular, the butterflies have held my interest. Last week we made a swift visit and had a few moments to see them again because I am always in hope of capturing a photo of the Blue Morpho. I have been successful with birds…

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Other butterflies…

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The Blue Morpho closed up…

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But usually it is…

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I was in despair until there was one quick moment this time (thanks Terry for spotting it)…

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At long last, success!!


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Tuesday morning, early…

Just because we can (two retired people), we decided to take advantage of the monthly Members Day at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. With eyes barely open we hopped in the car to brave early morning commute traffic to take advantage of special activities just for members. (The best part about it is that you get in early and there are no lines where usually the lines are quite long.) That day we wanted to see the feeding of an anaconda at 8:45 Unfortunately, the traffic did keep us from watching but by the time we got there ten minutes later, he was still cuddling his rabbit.

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We wandered the aquarium until time for our next member’s activity. I felt I was being watched the entire time (and it wasn’t by the guards).

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Then it was a preview for members of the new Terrace Restaurant that would open in a few days. This meant FREE FOOD, and being San Francisco…high style free food. Oh, yum, chacuterie with duck rillettes (who does that!), cheeses and sliced meats with artisan mustards. Plus…

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San Francisco cioppino with crab…

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A few moments to wander the rainforest where the birds and butterflies were very active…

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Hope springs eternal that on some visit I will catch a picture of this Blue Morpho butterfly, but once again this time I could see them fluttering around but none would light in a convenient place for my little iPhone. I had to rely on the display picture…

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Then we participated in a “behind the scenes” tour and got to see where the thousands of specimens are stored. The theme of the tour was how photography is used in studying science and at the end they had specimens set up so that we and about 10 kids could try our hand at photographing specimens.

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It pays to be a member!


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Teahouse of an August day…

Walking across the street from the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, we stepped into the Japanese Tea Garden for a cuppa.

Everything is so wrong with my fortune cookie fortune… so many levels of wrong that I cannot even start to explain…

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Such nice light and picturesque pools of water that I found myself intrigued with reflections…

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I take it back, another tourist took a picture of us being tourists close to home…four seniors sitting on a bench…nice to see you, friends! Let’s be tourists, again, together, soon! (Truth be told, of course I am going back…they carded us at the gate! What a compliment!!)

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Homeland tourist…

Early in the summer, relatives came to stay while they toured San Francisco with their children. It was fun for us to hear about their adventures seeing San Francisco and a seed of an idea took hold in the back of my brain. I had not seen the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park since I was a college student on vacation visiting roommates who were lucky to have grown up in the City.  The idea was that the next time available, I would try to see some of the iconic attractions that I had not seen in many, many years. The opportunity arrived Monday with the visit of old friends visiting San Francisco. Art museums would not be open so Golden Gate Park beckoned. It was a perfect day with beautiful weather and light crowds (exact at rush hour).

Over the bridge (the old and the new, maybe the last time we will pass over the old)…

IMG_6161First we went to the Botanical Gardens. Now it is on my list of things to do each season…especially must get there in Spring to see cherry blossoms and California natives blooming.

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