On a quiet, hazy autumn Sunday D. and I went to the Redwood Creek estuary next to the Port of Redwood City to look at birds. We saw some birds, and lots of other things too, and I took these pics.
The Pacific Shores business park. The Bay is nearly flat as a pancake.
Bas relief panels showing local shorebirds decorate a wall near the path.
Power lines seem to accentuate the stillness of the Bay water.
The Cemex cement plant at the Port.
Watering the dirt at Cemex.
Attention to detail . . . not.
The cyclone fence next to the plant's access road is encrusted with windblown cement powder.
Some of the equipment on the Cemex grounds looks like refugees from a broken playground.
The rollers on this truss-frame conveyor belt look like some kind of mechanical vertebrae.
Massive cement silos dwarf this 10 1/2-foot-tall wheel loader machine.
Colorful valves brighten up a forgotten corner of a park area across the road from the Cemex plant.
The colors probably mean something, but I dunno what.
A poplar sprouts from a cutout in an unused cement slab next to the valves.
A double row of Lombardy poplars fences the Cemex plant from the park area.
An abandoned nest in one of the poplars.
Poplars against the hazy autumn sky.
A cottonwood has turned golden.
The park area alongside the Bay.
The Three Graces.
We are near the approach flightpath of San Francisco International Airport.
There are marinas and yacht clubs nearby.
Submerging fence submerges.
Cemex really doesn't want folks getting onto their property.
More power lines.
Wow, that's really grate.
As we wander around the edge of the park area we find an impromptu plant nursery.
The Pacific Shores complex has a lot of these plants in the landscaping.
This little geranium has somehow come out of its pot.
Looks like they are going feral.
A well-annotated sign on a building in the park. No more guessing about those codes and symbols!
Leaving the park to take a look at what's down Seaport Blvd., we find a gull on a boat launch ramp.
"Yes. I will poop on your car. I'm a gull. That's how I roll."
The Mandarin Fortune cargo ship is unloading red dirt at the Port.
Selected Mandarin Fortune facts:
Length x Breadth: 190 m X 32 m
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 16.1 / 10 knots
Gross tonnage: 32,957 tons
Its lifeboat is a peculiar-looking vessel.
The Sea Scout ship Challenger.
USGS marine research vessel Polaris is based at a Port dock near the Sequoia Yacht Club. A former pleasure yacht retrofitted with a water-quality lab, the Polaris completes several cruises on San Francisco Bay each month, collecting water and sediment samples that are taken back to USGS labs in Menlo Park for analysis.
A horned grebe in Redwood Creek has caught an eel.
A derrick at the Port helps the conveyor belts create stacks of material unloaded from the cargo ships.
This radial stacker conveyor belt reminds me of a giant mechanical insect. The head is so grasshopper-ish, especially with that eye-like cutout in the hood. It even has short little antennae.
We wander farther along the waterfront to find, hidden behind some trailers, a bunch of unlabeled, rusting drums and opened boxes of rusting paint cans.
Nothing to worry about here, is there?
There is also a wheeled platform affixed at the top of a pole.
I think it might have something to do with this.
Hanjin shipping container has seen better days.
This giant rope lying on the ground looks like the spilt entrails of some grotesque beast.
Mystery device is mysterious.
Pile o' miscellaneous stuff.
The remains of a gull.
Mushrooms popping up from the lawn of another business park at the Port.
Across Seaport Blvd. we find a slough, where raccoons have been busy recently.
Power lines in the slough.
This power line next to Seaport Blvd. rises out of the shrubs and small trees along the side of the road.
Looking up its skirts, to so speak.
This is no ordinary fence, no siree bob.
A bedraggled ice plant flower next to the road.
Alder strobiles (female cones), leaf and trunk by the road.
The slough in the slanting light of late afternoon.
Black-necked Stilts are feeding in the slough.
Flamingoes are not the only birds to perch on one leg.
Stilts are very graceful little birds.
Besides stilts, we also see an American Kestrel.
We cross Seaport Blvd. again to look at the train tracks.
Where there are boxcars, there is graffiti, some prosaic, some abstract.
Danger Will Robinson.
Caterpillar 988F wheel loader.
Cat 988F selected facts:
fuel tank: 252 gal capacity
travel speed: 14 mph
Machines near a junkyard and a substation at the Port.
A feral cat near the junkyard.
More power lines in the hazy afternoon light.
At a business park off Seaport Blvd., a black phoebe uses a disaster preparedness sign as a bug-catching post.
In the parking lot, fallen cottonwood leaves of dull copper and pale gold are strewn across the pavement.