Thursday, March 23, 2006

36. Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret is distinctive by its black legs and yellow feet. Today one sat by edge of the marsh nearly the entire time we were at Crissy Field. The way egrets and herons can stand so perfectly motionless captivates me.

We also saw several Great Blue Herons today, at least three individuals, possibly four. When we crossed the street to get in our car, there was a heron standing right by it, watching us.

Crissy Fields is such a magical place. There, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, beneath the Cyprus looking out at the Bay and the Ocean where container ships slip by, I fell in love with San Francisco all over again. There is no other big American city where you can get the same combination of nature and culture. I stood in a national park today watching birds, 1000 feet from the great domed roof of the Palace of Fine Arts and just a ten minute walk (if that) from the shops and restaurants of the Marina district.

If I want to drive, I can leave my house and in fifteen minutes be totally isolated in rolling hills, mountain lion country. Or, I can walk fifteen minutes downhill to see some of the nation's premeir bands and DJs, or to an art gallery. And from my city window I watch hawks, gulls and on one occasion an eagle as they fly from park to park, loving California just as much as I.


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