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.
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.