pahavit (pahavit) wrote,

Lake Merced

Lake Merced

Last Saturday, after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I spent some time at Lake Merced, and I took some pics.

A gull on a street light in the parking lot.

California poppy.

A rowing class is practicing on the lake.

A few Canada geese arrive.

“Branta canadensis one-niner, winds two six zero gusting at two-seven, you are cleared to land on lake runway one-left.”

A view of the northern part of the lake.

A coot swims up to the shore.

This grooming mallard emulates a swan but lacks the long graceful neck.

A bullfrog startled away from the shore takes refuge in deeper water.

Around a bend in the shoreline we see a raccoon feeding in the shallows.

A pair of coots look for things to eat.

Some blackberry bushes are still in blossom.

Turning toward the picnic area, we see more raccoons -- little-ish ones and mom.

Looking toward Harding Park Golf Course and clubhouse.

A thick stand of reeds on the shore of the south lake.

Water knotweed is found along the edges of the lake.

Reeds, boats, and docks crowded with gulls.

A friendly mallard approaches us on the dock and waits patiently only 3 feet away (for a handout that she didn't get, because feeding wildlife is wrong to do).

Friendly duck on a lonely dock.

♪♫♪ Do you know where you're going to? ♪♫♪

As we ready to make our way home, another rascally raccoon sprints past the boat house to the reeds at the lake's shore.

Tags: bird, california poppy, canada goose, duck, field trip, flower, frog, gull, lake merced, mallard, native wildflower, raccoon, san francisco, sign
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