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Spring Lake December 10, 2018

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The day called for a short afternoon paddle on Spring Lake as late fall fades to winter.

No other boats were out, so the lake seemed wilder and more natural than it does on a warm summer weekend when recreational users abound.

A Great Blue Heron posed on the eastern shore.



About a dozen Bufflehead Ducks—all males—scattered themselves about the lake.


Perhaps Spring Lake is a home to unpaired males.


A pair of Mute Swans are often on hand at the lake. They hang out in the northern end of the lake where the shore is lined with a nearly impenetrable thicket of cattails. These reeds offer some insulation from human interference.

Mute Swans, introduced from Europe, are unafraid of proximity to humans.

Green Herons, on the other hand, are easily spooked. They're solitary by nature and often hide themselves in the shoreline vegetation. By freezing in place, they hope to escape the notice of passersby. But once they feel seen, they'll take flight.


This fellow perched himself on a log o…

On Doran Beach

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On an afternoon walk along Doran Beach Friday, this stood in the sand.



No idea what it might be.

Showery Walk, Marin County

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Yesterday, November 29, after morning showers, the sky cleared.




A late afternoon walk on Marsh Road along the upper reaches of the Estero Americano.



Strong wind and light showers added zest and pleasure to the walk.

Santa Rosa Creek

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A quiet path along the creek A walk to shed my thoughts so bleak A storm is coming late today
But listen now to trees: they speak!

Welcome to Connected Naturalist

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Welcome to Connected Naturalist.

Come here for a brief visit to muse upon our connections to nature.



My purpose here is to inspire myself and my readers to go outdoors into the natural world and contemplate the web of life of which we are a part.