Sunday, May 29, 2011

Duck Asleep

The mallard duck in the two photos above is sleeping in daylight on a log in a small pond inside the redwood grove that makes up one environment within the Arboretum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The oldest trees in this grove were planted in 1889 when the Park was created.

The green-tinted waxy flowers immediately below belong to the Himalayan Dogwood, Cornus capitata.

Outside the Arboretum, near the band shell, I saw something else I had never noticed before. A large gold-plated bust of composer Giuseppi Verdi. It must have been re-gilded recently, because it surely was a bright heavenly vision.