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pahavit
Date: 11-22-2017 12:07 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: California Alligator Lizard
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California Alligator Lizard





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pahavit
Date: 11-21-2017 12:29 AM
Subject: Emma Prusch Farm Park
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Tags:arrow, autumn, bird, chicken, duck, field trip, goat, goose, leucistic, muscovy duck, oh hai, peacock, pheasant, prusch, san jose, windmill
Emma Prusch Farm Park


On Saturday D. and I visited Emma Prusch Farm Park. Here are some of the pics I took, including chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, plus some exotic birds, as well as other non-avian things too.


It's a farm.  There are chickens.





There are other kinds of poultry too, including this guinea hen.





Bok bok!





Flap flap!





A weather vane on a picnic pavilion brings to mind William Tell.





Autumn colors on apricot trees stand out against the afternoon sky.





This orchard features rare fruits.





One of the many roosters.





A windmill twirls against the sky.





Bok bok!





The park features a large lawn for picnicking.





More autumn color, this time on a persimmon tree.





A pheasant pecks around in the community gardens.





A leucistic peahen perches on a fence.





Another peahen casts her vigilant eye in my direction.





A gorgeous peacock has the run of the garden.





Guinea fowl are chunky birds with eensy-weensy heads.





A cute little goat looks for a snack in the small animal corral.





This is a Toulouse goose, named after a place in France where the breed originated.






Oh hai.




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pahavit
Date: 11-20-2017 12:06 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: SB CalTrain
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Monday Movies: SB CalTrain


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

This week: Twenty seconds of a southbound CalTrain going under Whisman Road at dusk.  Enjoy.



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pahavit
Date: 11-17-2017 1:27 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Gloves Or Pistol"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Gloves Or Pistol"


OK, boys and girls, ready or not, 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, mix up the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Today's featured song is Norman Greenbaum's 1969 hit "Spirit In The Sky" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Gloves Or Pistol

I am dead, and laid a few days.
Something is not to make a mistake.
Gloves or pistol,
sharp with a bleeding in the spirit.
I would have thought I died.
I was dead, and laid a few days.
It is not a mistake.

Yigus, you know that all is well.
Maya is a friend of mine.
If you don't know that if I die,
recommended for you
sharp with a bleeding in the spirit.
What is to die, the sleep state?
When I am dead and they are,
what's your value?

I will never be a crime, and yet innocent.
I have a friend in Maya.
If you know I am dead,
I used to be.
The ghost was a sharp pair of bleeding.
I think I died.
I am dead, and laid a few days.
I think I'll go there.
Better go.


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pahavit
Date: 11-16-2017 12:17 AM
Subject: Matadero Creek, Park 2
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Tags:baylands, bird, field trip, marsh, matadero, northern harrier, palo alto, plane, slough, turkey vulture
Matadero Creek, Park 2


Here's Part 2 of my walk in The Baylands Nature Preserve next to Matadero Creek and Mayfield Slough (Part 1 here).


Mayfield Slough.





A northern shoveler in the slough.





An EVA Air jet flies overhead.





The marsh, part of a vast flood control basin, is diked off from San Francisco Bay behind a tidegate and weirs.





A northern harrier maneuvers over the marsh, looking for small rodents.











Mayfield Slough, looking downstream, and upstream.







A Beech A36 comes in for a landing at nearby Palo Alto Airport.





A white-tailed kite hovers over the marsh.







A turkey vulture soars overhead.







Another small plane heads toward the airport.





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pahavit
Date: 11-15-2017 12:20 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Dahlia In Black And White
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Tags:flower, garden, sunnyvale, wordless wednesday
Dahlia In Black And White





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pahavit
Date: 11-14-2017 12:14 AM
Subject: Matadero Creek, Part 1
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Tags:abandoned, autumn, baylands, bird, cloud, duck, field trip, flower, heron, mallard, marsh, matadero, northern harrier, palo alto, pelican, plane, slough, snail, thistle
Matadero Creek, Part 1


On Sunday D. and I took a walk in The Baylands Nature Preserve next to Matadero Creek and Mayfield Slough.  It was a beautiful autumn afternoon, and here are some of the pics I took.

Near the trailhead we see pelicans in a pond in the freshwater marsh.





A Robertson R44 helicopter circles overhead.





Clouds over the hill at neighboring Byxbee Park.





The freshwater marsh, part of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.





Abandoned radiotelegraph relay buildings sit in the middle of an antenna field in the marsh.  The buildings housed transmitters for KFS which passed maritime radio traffic until the 1990s. During WWII, it was home to 2 stations that broadcast Voice of America shortwave programming across the Pacific all the way to Australia and up to the Aleutian Islands. Until the early 1960s the site had a tower that was over 600 feet high. In recent years the site has suffered from neglect and vandalism.





A dry area of the marsh.





A milk snail estivates on a dead fennel stalk.





A small thistle in bloom.





A mallard swims down Matadero Creek.





A northern harrier glides over the marsh.





A maple tree is festooned with golden winged seeds.





Oak leaves glow in the autumn sunshine.





We round a bend in the trail and find Mayfield Slough.





A black-crowned night heron perches above the slough, waiting to catch fish.





Dead thistles bristle next to the trail.





Mayfield Slough.




See Part 2 here!


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pahavit
Date: 11-13-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: NB Light Rail
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Monday Movies: NB Light Rail


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

This week: Twenty-six seconds of a VTA light rail train crossing Central Expressway and going under Whisman Road at dusk.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 11-10-2017 12:09 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Angel 26 Is Holding Control"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Angel 26 Is Holding Control"


Hello? How are you?  Hope you're very well, fine, and dandy.  This week I haven't been very fine, well or dandy myself, due to trying to deal with getting the run-around with a referral to a mitochondrial specialist, which has been unresolved since December 2016 (yes, 11 months of being in limbo ).  Anyway, while I wait to hear back from someone, anyone about this, let's enjoy some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, massage the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, chosen at random, is the Moody Blues' classic "Tuesday Afternoon" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Angel 26 Is Holding Control

Into the fire before Sunday,
I will never see
Thompson's road in this article.

Grim stories possible;
make chase.

Personal surname.
Gas trees
find the conscience of the now.

In the autumn on the beautiful, I can
explain the same degree of homology.

Strangulation in meditative lining reached 8 foci.
Leave the day exactly as the obvious kind.

Angel 26 is holding control.

Private, disabled, beautiful, see
early trivializing time signs.


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pahavit
Date: 11-9-2017 12:51 AM
Subject: Letterman Digital Arts Center
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Tags:bird, caterpillar, duck, field trip, fountain, insect, larva, letterman digital arts center, mallard, palace of fine arts, pigeon, pond, presidio, san francisco, statue
Letterman Digital Arts Center


On Sunday, after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I spent some time wandering the grounds at the Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center in the Presidio.  Here are some of the pics I took.


First we visit the Yoda Fountain.





Very realistic he looks.





Next we see a statue of Eadweard Muybridge, honoring his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion.





Here is a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television.





A look of intense concentration on his face.





The Palace of Fine Arts is visible beyond the grounds.





Mallards enjoy swimming in the duck pond.









Pigeons hang out nearby, hoping for crumbs of food.





What a handsome little duckie.





Duck yoga?





Arches with a maple leaf pattern cluster at one end of the pond.





Another look at the pond from the opposite side, with part of the Golden Gate Bridge somewhat visible in the background.





The original D.A.





The striking larva of a spotted tussock moth crawls around on a boulder near the pond.





The spines can sting, so look but don't touch!





The Great Seal on one of the piers at the Lombard Gate to the Presidio.




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pahavit
Date: 11-8-2017 12:17 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: The Conversation
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Tags:guadalupe river, san jose, trash, wordless wednesday
The Conversation





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pahavit
Date: 11-6-2017 12:01 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: CalTrain And Bike
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Monday Movies: CalTrain And Bike


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

This week: Nineteen seconds of CalTrain at a level crossing, with guest appearance by a bike.  Enjoy.





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pahavit
Date: 11-3-2017 12:22 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "We Have Made A Big!"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "We Have Made A Big!"


Once again, here's more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, kludge the punctuation a little bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Here's Eddy Grant's 1982 hit "Electric Avenue" (watch video here).  Enjoy. 


We Have Made A Big!

Male child!  Male child!
Now, instead of street violence and the work place,
a chance to hang out the laundry.
And I cannot blame our monstrous
sun and our landlord, oh, no.
Sorry, did not.

Electric Avenue, we will rock you!
We have made a big!
Sorry, we will rock the Electric Avenue!
We have made a big!

His tools are soldiers.
TV will not be sent
inside the heart, because he hated.
Children, God is good; this is not possible food.

We will rock down to Electric Town!
We've been great!
Oops!  We are down to Electric Avenue! Will rock!
We've been great!

Who do you blame, him?  I will not.
I never get any time, thanks to the work.
I need to feed everyone. 
Oh, no.  Oops, did not.

Road, street, lake, and the output
from that day on the night
place dark teams in the game.
So, rock, R.


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pahavit
Date: 11-2-2017 12:05 AM
Subject: Bayfront Park
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Tags:bayfront park, bird, canada goose, cat, field trip, floof, flower, fly, grass, insect, marsh, menlo park, native wildflower, salt pond, snail
Bayfront Park


On Sunday D. and I took a little walk in Bayfront Park, and here are some of the pics I took.


Lots of birds are gathered on the mud flat, including green-winged teal, black-necked stilts, and shovelers.





A long-billed curlew probes deep in the mud for things to eat.





Gumplant.





A avocet (in winter plumage) is another long-billed shorebird.





The view across the former salt evaporation ponds.







When this Russian thistle dies and dries out, it will become a tumbleweed and start rolling across the flats dispersing its seeds.





Snails estivate on the stalks of dead fennel.





Dried grasses are emblematic of autumn.





Floof! (No, the pic is not sideways; the flower is growing sideways.)





The barren salt flats.





Canada geese graze on the hillside.





One of the many feral cats in the park, hunting for mice in the grass.





Brine flies cluster on a stalk of fennel in the salt pond.





The salt marsh.





Another feral cat, near a feeding station.





And yet another feral cat, on a path up the hill.




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pahavit
Date: 11-1-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Green Heron
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Tags:bird, heron, japanese friendship garden, san jose, wordless wednesday
Green Heron





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pahavit
Date: 10-30-2017 12:27 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: NB CalTrain
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Monday Movies: NB CalTrain


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

This week: Twenty seconds of a northbound CalTrain crossing under Whisman Road at sunset last week.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 10-27-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Nose In The Blue Mountains"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Nose In The Blue Mountains"


Hello, lovely to see you, so glad you've popped by my unpretentious little blog.  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, have some fun with the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Fats Domino passed away this week, so to honor his memory today's feature is his 1956 hit "Blueberry Hill" (listen to Fats sing the song here).  Enjoy. 


Nose In The Blue Mountains

Nose in the Blue Mountains.
Green Mountain, when
the moon was still in danger,
realizing the dreams of four people.

It's in the womb,
the Song of Honorary Preparation.
But all the votes.
You can't.

Flat, often flat line.
I saw the Blue Mountains.

Dabos,
preparing a sweet song.
Unanimously,
you can't.

It's always going to separate.
Green Mountain.


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pahavit
Date: 10-25-2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Blond Calf
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Tags:cow, fremont, warm springs, wildlife refuge, wordless wednesday
Blond Calf





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Date: 10-24-2017 12:01 AM
Subject: Orchard Heritage Park
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Tags:art, butterfly, field trip, flower, garden, insect, lizard, machine, sign, skipper, sunnyvale
Orchard Heritage Park


On Sunday D. and I visited Orchard Heritage Park, and here are some of the pics I took.



The apricot orchard.





An old dray in the foreground, and old cultivators behind it, at the edge of the orchard.





A 13-shank tractor-drawn orchard cultivator, or, as I like to call it, the curly-cue machine.





Dead California asters.





A rusty harrow lies idle in the late afternoon sun.





A yellow mum in the garden next to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum.





A circle of bricks outside the museum is a gathering place for fallen leaves.





A wall of tiles decorated with kiddie art is on one side of the garden.  Here we see the Battie Scarred Monster tile.





Next, the Vacant-Eyed, Red-Faced Smiling Stick Man Tile.





Then there's, um, "GWERP."





Begonias are awash with afternoon sun.





Brilliant dahlias dance in the breeze.





A fiery skipper sips nectar from a lantana.





Skippers are adorable little butterflies.





A western fence lizard basks on a tree stump.





Happy Fall.




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pahavit
Date: 10-23-2017 12:08 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Black Squirrel
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Monday Movies: Black Squirrel


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

This week: Seventeen seconds of a black squirrel scampering out in back.  Enjoy.




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