Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday Walk

Today, Sunday, it's a tv holiday here in the United States. I'm staying home doing chores and tuned in to Hallmark's Kitten Bowl II. Last Sunday we went for a walk. It was a lovely day with mild January temps and pretty blue skies. The destination for our walk, okay photo walk was Berkeley's Tilden Park. But the traffic was heavy so we decided not to go there. Since we needed to gas up at Costco too, we decided that why not walk in the East Bay Trail of Point Isabel Park. Point Isabel Park is a dog park, but adjacent to it is a marsh with good viewing of wetland birds.

I had taken this walking trail before but I don't remember seeing many birds here, only now. Hence I was surprise there is a marshland/mudflats here. With the help of Mr. Wikipedia I found out this information about it:

Hoffman Marsh is a wetlands on San Francisco Bay in Richmond, California. The marsh has been protected within Eastshore State Park, and adjacent to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. The marsh is an important nesting ground for wildfowl and stopping ground on the Pacific Flyway, as it is one of only a handful of undestroyed wetlands in the Bay Area. It borders Point Isabel Regional Shoreline and Interstate 80.

Hoffman Marsh is the delta for the mouth of Fluvius Innominatus creek into the Hoffman Channel, which lead to San Francisco Bay.[1] The channel is part of Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, the "largest dog park in the United States", and serves as a swimming area for the animals. Hoffman Channel is adjacent to Point Isabel promontory, and was formerly a sandy beach on its south shore.

Since we went there to photograph and walk, we did a lot of both.

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Welcome temporary artwork welcomes walkers, bikers, etc.

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Marsh next to Interstate 580.

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Brave kitty or stupid kitty in dog park. On the other hand, there's plenty of birdies on this side of the trail.

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She was tired and asked for 5 more minutes to rest before she and her bff could go back on the trail.

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This one loved the water.

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This is my entry to this week's OUR WORLD TUESDAY.


21 comments:

  1. Wonderful variety of nature shots! Love your dog and cat photos!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  2. Beautiful bird shots with reflections.

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  3. What a wonderful spot for a walk. I would love to check out all the birds there..Wonderful set of photos, have a happy week!

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  4. Fascinating landscape, and photos of cat and birds!

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  5. That looks like my kind of walk. Great shots!

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  6. I wish I could have gone on the walk with you!

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  7. What a pretty area, but they certainly hit you over the head with the warning signs!

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  8. Lovely shots of birds and animals. Love the photo of that brave cat!

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  9. Thanks for sharing these photos of your beautiful surroundings. I love the photos of birds standing in the water, for they create beautiful reflections!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  10. Great wader shots. Love the avocets.

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  11. So beautiful photos!!

    PS: Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort.
    Sofia asks me to thank you very much your kindness.
    Lots of hugs,
    Sonia.

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  12. Enjoying this a lot!!!
    From the scenery of the marsh to the birds...to the brave kitty!!! His dark marking below the nose makes me think of Chaplin....wonder if its name is Charlie?

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  13. must be a very smart and brave cat to be so cool and relax among the dogs

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  14. I'm glad the remaining wetlands is being protected. Man's seeming quest for asphalting every last foot of earth in the states is hard to resist.

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  15. Hah I like that cat, brave or stupid, must have some purpose for being there :)
    Thanks for this very relaxing post. I felt like I have taken a walk with you.

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  16. that is a very nice world. Love the gorgeous birds in it :)

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  17. A great place to walk. All your photos are wonderful and that sepia toned one especially is fine art! Had to smile at your phrase "TV holiday". Yep , that describes it perfectly.

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  18. Lovely views, I love the many bird reflection photos… and that kitty is very cute.

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  19. Lovely bird captures - especially the Stilts (?).

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  20. Love the cat contemplating ...must have been wonderful day out.

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