Wunderlich Park

Wunderlich Park


Here are some pics from yesterday's visit to Wunderlich Park.


The second-growth redwood forest is damp from the weekend's rain storm, and the air is very fresh and cool.  Most of the trail had rivulets of water running down it.





Ferns are sprouting all over the forest floor.





Brilliant yellow oak leaf on a trailside bench.





A small flock of wild turkeys darts across the trail near the parking lot, their plumage iridescent in the late afternoon sun.




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Babelfishing Poetry: "A Very Quaint Colony Of The Dead"

Babelfishing Poetry: "A Very Quaint Colony Of The Dead"


Hello! Would you like to see some more Babelfishing Poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, poke and prod the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem?  You would?  Well hot diggity-dog, you're in luck, because here it comes!

This week's song, chosen at random, is punk band Screeching Weasel's succinct "Cool Kids" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


A Very Quaint Colony Of The Dead

There was nothing important there.
Very few, at first.
Little defense,
only when you return to the ship.

There's small rice with reduced rice, dried cucumber and Japanese biscuits.
One joke, one Japanese joke, and I'll do this for Qiaolan.
If I love you, Nyoka,
only when you return to the ship.

A very quaint colony of the dead,
beautified in all sorts of words.
The reason for this is that it is a female scholar, and that it is a press conference.
It is meticulous.

Human beings are not good at human beings.
This is a photograph of other photographs.
One individual slander,
however, this individual is wearing huge clothes.


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Thursday Movie Extra: Third Floor Framing Time-Lapse

Thursday Movie Extra: Third Floor Framing Time-Lapse


No field trip this week, so here's a Monday Movies extra:  Thirty time-lapse seconds from this past August showing 2 1/2 hours of construction activity, when they began framing the third floor of the 5-story apartment complex next door, which has now risen to completely block the view from my window.   Enjoy.




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Babelfishing Poetry: "A Fairy Tale About Disagreement"

Babelfishing Poetry: "A Fairy Tale About Disagreement"


Hello!  You well?  I hope so; well and happy.  I have been plagued by heart palpitations all week long, but I am happy because autumn is here, and it's my favorite time of year.  I love it so much I wish autumn could last all year long, that's how much I love it (and that's a lot).  So let's segue right into some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, play around with the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's feature is Swedish electronic music duo The Knife's "Heartbeats" (watch The Knife's video here, or watch video of Swedish indie folk singer José González's gentle interpretation here, or listen to an arrangement by Belgian vocal ensemble Scala & Kolacny Brothers here).  Enjoy. 


A Fairy Tale About Disagreement

It broke out in one night,
but the night was intense.

It seemed excellent
for a long time.

They are all damaged.
We heard it.

I know what to say:
it's fast.

The hunters begin to criticize,
but Klingons do.

They scream at night, they stick,
then the rest.

Good two days,
available in indigo-colored, Japanese-colored choice.

We're sorry.
We should not know this.

What will happen to Dee?
Now I know a little about Satan.

You are a small toothed tooth.
Who are you talking about today?

Click here to access this book,
a fairy tale about disagreement.


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Russian Ridge

Russian Ridge


Here are some pics from a visit to Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve on Monday.


Views from the trail.







California fuchsia is one of the few flowers still in bloom.





Star thistle = spiky owie.





A brilliant yellow bigleaf maple leaf.





The trail.





Dead California asters.





Dead milk thistle.





Poison oak is brilliant red in the afternoon light.





A tiny western fence lizard basks at the side of the trail.





A California bay laurel leaf near Alder Springs.





This praying mantis seems to be saying, "Oh, really?"





This leafless buckeye is full of seed pods.





A deep brown acorn on the trail.





Most of the hillsides are dry and exposed to the sun, but a few ferns manage to keep a foothold in a couple of gulches.





More dead California asters.





Dead annual grasses form a golden carpet on the hillside.





The view back up the trail from Alder Springs.




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