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pahavit
Date: 9-20-2017 12:01 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Bracket Fungi
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Tags:fungus, glen canyon, san francisco, wordless wednesday
Bracket Fungi





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pahavit
Date: 9-19-2017 12:09 AM
Subject: Ulistac Natural Area
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Tags:autumn, bee, berry, field trip, flower, grass, insect, native wildflower, rose hip, santa clara, ulistac
Ulistac Natural Area


On Sunday D. and I decided to go for a little walk at Ulistac Natural Area. Here are some of the pics I took.


Mallow catches the afternoon sunlight.





Dried grasses are a sign summer is winding down.





The spots on this fallen blue gum leaf bring to mind a leopard.





A view of the wetland area of the preserve, once part of the Guadalupe River's natural channel prior to the levees created by the flood control project.





A cocklebur seed pod.





A forest of cattails.





Another view of the wetland area, not so wet now that it is late summer.





Blue gum pods.





Another blue gum leaf with spots on it.





A brilliant yellow cottonwood leaf on the trail.





Gumplant.





Trees near the riparian habitat section of the preserve.





California aster blossoms and seed heads.







Hip of the California wild rose.





More gumplant.





A bee visits buckwheat blossoms.





A gumplant flower is ready to begin forming seeds.




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pahavit
Date: 9-18-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Lapping Scum
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Tags:central park, monday movies, santa clara, scum
Monday Movies: Lapping Scum


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty-three seconds of algae scum making a near-abstract design lapping at the edge of the pool at Central Park in Santa Clara last fall.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 9-15-2017 12:24 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Five Cents Or Ten Fruit"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Five Cents Or Ten Fruit"


Hello!  And how are you today?  Good?  Yes?  No?  In-between?  Rather not say? Keeping it a secret? It's a mystery?  Being coy about it? None of the above?  Regardless of your answer, it's time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, change the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's featured song, chosen at random, is Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'" (listen to Hank sing it here, or listen to Johnny Cash's version here, or listen to Ray Charles' jazzy version here, or listen to The Residents' trippy, atonal interpretation here, or listen to Jimmy Buffett's "Gulf-and-western" style rendition here).  Enjoy. 


Five Cents Or Ten Fruit

He said to the Cook, "What is God?"
What a guy!  He went to cook!
Oh, I do not return sweet baby and snakes.
Where is the new discovery held?

Special hot rod beauty and two US dollar bonds,
so know the right slopes.
Free drink recoil and dance
with quaint credit thoughts.

Scattered pines, a finger of standing, two lips, full ability, ceaselessly.
What messages are saved?
You can only cook.
How to achieve stability in the company?

Removing Prophet, throw a fence,
then five cents or ten fruit.
I know he keeps the old cover.
Your name is not marked all pages?

What God said to get his other editorial?
Kind people. So, people leaving cooks?


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pahavit
Date: 9-13-2017 12:18 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Skyward
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Tags:cemetery, redwood city, wordless wednesday
Skyward





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pahavit
Date: 9-12-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Tags:dragonfly, field trip, fish, floof, flower, insect, los altos, pond, skyline ridge open space preserve, thistle
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve


On Saturday D. and I went to take a walk around Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, and here are some of the pics I took.


Sow thistle floof sits poised and ready for the next gust of wind.





We catch our first glimpse of Alpine Pond and the Daniels Nature Center.





Fish such as bluegill are barely visible in the pond's water.







The dark waters of Alpine Pond.





Daniels Nature Center.





A flame skimmer dragonfly rests on a stalk at the pond's edge.





Interesting textures of a blackberry leaf.





A large patch of yellow star thistles appears formidable and prickly in the afternoon sunlight.





Bull thistle, still in bloom.





The Ipiwa Trail leaves the woodsy area near the Nature Center and proceeds uphill across wide-open grassland -- not good for me on this hot day.





The view from where we have to turn around to go back.





A weather station on the hillside next to the trail not only measures wind speed and temperature but also collects fog on several large screens to gauge its moisture content.




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pahavit
Date: 9-11-2017 12:36 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Goldfish Fountain
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Tags:conservatory, fish, fountain, monday movies, san francisco
Monday Movies: Goldfish Fountain


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty seconds of a fountain with little goldfish in it in the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco in January.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 9-8-2017 12:13 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Seeds For Moses And The Moon"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Seeds For Moses And The Moon"


Hello! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Me too, especially now that the recent blistering heatwave is gone.  As my mitochondrial disorder gets worse the more heat-intolerant I get, so heat waves create extra misery for me.  But no matter the weather, it's time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, alter the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Today, by special request from The Jan, it's the song "Let's Face The Music And Dance" (watch clip from film here, or listen to Bea Arthur's version here, or listen to the inimitable Shirley Bassey sing the song here, or listen to the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald's rendition here, or listen to a live performance of the song by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso here).  Enjoy. 


Seeds For Moses And The Moon

Before you solve the problem of infection
to produce seeds for Moses and the Moon,
the child of the brother of the child.
Dance and dance.

Leadership.
It's not that much
if there are other options.
Big diversity scheme.

The moon is short.
This song is easy.
Could be more,
if it is so creamy-cream.
Men and women,
fruit and vegetable oil.


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pahavit
Date: 9-7-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: SF MOMA - Not Art
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Tags:field trip, moma, museum, san francisco, sign
SF MOMA - Not Art


Saturday was blazing hot (104º F), and D. and I were in San Francisco to do an errand.  Afterward we needed a cool, air-conditioned place to go for a while, so we went to SF MOMA.  It was full of art. Here are some of the pics I took of not art.









































































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pahavit
Date: 9-4-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Rescued Snake
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Monday Movies: Rescued Snake


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty-one seconds of a docent explaining a rescued snake at McClellan Ranch Preserve's Nature Museum.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 9-1-2017 12:09 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Love Expands"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Love Expands"


Hello, how are you?  How was your week?  I am still struggling with weakness, light-headedness and exhaustion after the slightest exertion -- in other words, a typical week.  But in spite of that I have ready for you some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, adjust the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week we feature the Moody Blues' sweeping, symphonic ballad "Nights In White Satin" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Love Expands

Suites.
Suites thermal.
Other slightly last, full, full, starting.

Toilet paper book.
But send private.
Private America expands.

Owe.
Field season.
Cliff, but it made ​​private search.

Few people full.
Full hand, thou.
Appointment other, private.

Understanding expands slightly.
Other expands private.
Haiku, full state.

Protected terrestrial, but
shear, but any.
Private thinking, once.

Students reach.  Seest
thou, Private? Love
expands other, thou.

Seest, Private?
Seest thou?
Love expands.


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pahavit
Date: 8-30-2017 12:15 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: White-Tailed Kite
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, fremont, wordless wednesday
White-Tailed Kite





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pahavit
Date: 8-29-2017 12:16 AM
Subject: Moffett Field Historical Society Museum
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Tags:field trip, moffett field, museum
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum


On Saturday it was forecast to be hot, and D. and I needed an indoor place to go to get out of the house yet not be out in the blazing sun, to avoid a repeat of last week's scary heart palpitations and weakness on the trail.  So we went to the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum right here in town, and here are some of the pics I took.


Rear Admiral William Moffett, after whom the base was named, is considered to be the creator of naval aviation.





A Navy Lieutenant uniform from the WW I era.





A photograph of the USS Macon, which was housed in Hangar One at Moffett Field in the 1930s.





A painting of a biplane approaching to rendezvous with the USS Macon.





Navy personnel were snappy dressers in the WW II era.





Model aircraft suspended from the ceiling swarm overhead.





Two US Marine Corps women's uniforms, a Chief Warrant Officer's from the Cold War period, and a PFC's from WW II.





A blimp pilot's flight suit.





An example of a US Navy Lt. Commander's dinner dress white uniform.





An autographed photo of pilot Wally Schirra, who was stationed at Moffett Field before going on to be an astronaut (and on whom I had a schoolgirl crush back in the day) (and about whom a high school friend coined a song, "Que Schirra, Schirra") (and yes, the museum spelled his name wrong in the photo caption ).





Look at those glamourous eyelashes on that mannequin!





A watercolor painting of a pilot in a flight suit.





Cans of emergency drinking water, part of a display of historical military emergency rations.





Hangar One, naked for the time being, awaits restoration across the road from the museum.




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pahavit
Date: 8-28-2017 12:37 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Rainy Day Street Repair
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Tags:monday movies, sights around town
Monday Movies: Rainy Day Street Repair


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty seconds of an underground street repair being done outside my house on a rainy day this past March.  Enjoy.



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pahavit
Date: 8-25-2017 1:00 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Soldiers Say Left Is Hot, My Young Tender Shoots"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Soldiers Say Left Is Hot, My Young Tender Shoots"


Hello all!  So nice to see you. Come in and have a look around -- the kettle is on, get yourself a cup of tea or coffee and make yourself comfortable.  Here's more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tweak the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, from 1971, is Bill Withers' No. 3 hit "Ain't No Sunshine" (listen to Withers sing the song here, or watch video of 17-year-old Shaun Smith sing it during the Britain's Got Talent 2009 auditions here).  Enjoy. 


Soldiers Say Left Is Hot, My Young Tender Shoots

When he died, not surprisingly, is not no sunshine.
Soldiers say left is hot, my young tender shoots.
Not surprisingly, is not no sunshine when he died,
always the normal,
whenever.

And I wonder, where is the time?
And on the trail of a story,
when he died is amazing, not sunshine.
And the only house is not house,
whenever.

I know he knows I know; I know.
I know I know I don't know; I don't know, I know.
Well, I don't know, I don't know,
alas, no.
But the sun was out of his mouth.

Not surprisingly, it is not no sunshine when he died.
But it's all darkness.
When he died, not surprisingly, is not no sunshine.
And that's the only house, this house,
at any time.


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pahavit
Date: 8-23-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Poised For Takeoff
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Tags:butterfly, conservatory, insect, san francisco, wordless wednesday
Poised For Takeoff





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pahavit
Date: 8-22-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Coyote Creek Trail
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Tags:canopy, coyote creek, field trip, lizard, morgan hill, sign, thistle
Coyote Creek Trail


On Saturday D. and I took a short walk on the Coyote Creek Trail near Morgan Hill, where we saw lingering damage from the catastrophic floods that occurred last February.  Before long I felt weak and light-headed, and had to lie down on the trail for several minutes while my heart pounded, so we had to cut our walk short.  Here are the pics I took before we had to turn around and come home.


We see the place where the flood waters scraped pavement off the road and dumped it beside the creek.







Coyote Creek.





The flood waters raced along the side of the road and gouged it out.





Coyote Creek Trail.





Some of the flood waters tore up the trail's shoulder.





Thick stands of dead thistles line the trail.









Another look at the trail.





The branches of a dead walnut tree lean over the trail.





The creek banks are lined with huge tree trunks and branches left behind by the flood.





The last time we visited this particular stretch, this spot was shady and filled with underbrush, all of which got scoured away by the flood, leaving behind a bare, pebbly beach.





Coyote Creek.





A molting lizard with a collar of loose skin eyes us from the side of the trail.





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pahavit
Date: 8-21-2017 12:01 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Eclipse Shadows
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Monday Movies: Eclipse Shadows


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: I won't be able to view today's eclipse, so here's thirty-one seconds of shadows during the partial eclipse in May 2012.  Enjoy.





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pahavit
Date: 8-18-2017 12:26 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Butt-Heads Land Beside Him And Sit By Me"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Butt-Heads Land Beside Him And Sit By Me"


Hello all!  Thank you for dropping by again, it's so nice to see you! I hope, wherever you are, you're doing well and are enjoying what's left of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least).  And I hope you're ready to enjoy some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tinker with the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, from the film of the same name, is Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" (watch video here).  Enjoy. 


Butt-Heads Land Beside Him And Sit By Me

But in the eyes,
can you see me go through the night?
However before the eyes,
hidden, the car is very close.
Great, I am of the vicinity,
the discoloration.
I will never even; I am blind.

Snow.
Otherwise, the only
can be gas or snow.
And now the knap.
I love to leave me, I know.
You gave me the illusion.

On a cold night,
I do not know.
I know all you must leave.
Maybe your eyes are on the books.
I have belonged me; I know I belong.
But I do not read other of you leave.

In the eye,
in different ways, the only.
Passion; butt-heads
land behind him and sit by me.
Otherwise, the only
snow.


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pahavit
Date: 8-17-2017 12:36 AM
Subject: Adobe Creek
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Tags:adobe creek, baylands, bird, dragonfly, duck, field trip, insect, mallard, palo alto, pelican, plane, sculpture, sign, thistle, turkey vulture
Adobe Creek


On Saturday D. and I took a little walk along Adobe Creek in the Baylands marsh, and I took some pics.


At the trailhead, we see "Swift Crossing" by Rachel Slick.





Dead, non-native thistles line the trail.  (There are also thick stands of bamboo and fennel, other invasive non-natives that weren't there when we last visited 9 years ago.)





A peek at Adobe Creek.





A mallard hen swims along the creek.





Dappled reflections.





The underpass below Highway 101 is a little spooky.  There are plans to replace it with an overpass, primarily due to seasonal flooding and not spookiness.





I guess house sparrows are authorized personnel.





A Cessna P210-N flies overhead toward Palo Alto Airport.





A turkey vulture soars over the marsh.





A dowitcher looks for things to eat in the mudflats.





Dance partners: avocet and dowitcher.





The dowitcher's beak in action, probing the mud.





White pelicans enjoy a swim in a lagoon.





Look at this magnificent bird.





Another pelican circles the lagoon.





These birds bring to mind the pterodactyl.





A large dragonfly rests on the trail for a moment before zooming off to the creek.




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