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Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

For my young Padawan, we made the pilgrimage to the Lucasfilm Headquarters in the Presidio to see the life-sized Yoda statue…. Photos taken June 20th, 2013 *** Interested in going?  You’ll find the Yoda fountain in front of the Lucasfilm Headquarters, located in the Presidio, at 1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco.  There is a security…

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Gorgeous! Cactus Flowers

The cacti in the the New World Desert Collection of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley are in stunning bloom.  How have I missed this in past years?  The flowers are gorgeous!  All these photos were taken during my visit on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.  If you live in the San Francisco area, I recommend…

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Play! Blake Garden

Blake Garden in Kensington may be the best botanic garden in the Bay Area for nature play.  A favorite feature for my son is the Create-with-Nature Zone, which is stocked with sticks, rocks, flowers, and other nature items for kids to play and build with.  The second best feature here is the bamboo tunnel sculpture. …

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Lovely: Japanese Garden, Hayward

I consider the Japanese Garden in Hayward to be a bit of a hidden gem, as so few people seem to know about it.  Whenever I mention it, the response is usually, “There’s a Japanese garden in Hayward?!?”  Yes, there is, and a lovely one at that. Interested in going?  The garden is free, open…

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Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Another place we love to visit in Tilden Regional Park is the Botanic Garden.  I enjoy experiencing the seasonal changes of this garden throughout the year.  These images are from our visit on Sunday, November 18th, 2012, on a quiet morning after two days of rain. Interested in going?  The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is…

The Hungry Owl Project

I have to preface this post by stating that we live on the edge of our city, on the border where the houses meet the open grasslands and oak forests beyond.  We love living here because of the views and the wildlife that visit us.  However, we’re not fond of one visitor… the rats.  No…

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Tunnel Play, Blake Garden, Kensington

We visited the Blake Garden in Kensington (near Berkeley) this week with a group of friends.  This garden is not only lovely for adults, but is kid-heaven!  The children had a blast playing in this tunnel! My next post will be about the “Create with Nature Zone” at these gardens…  awesome!

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Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

I couldn’t resist this!  Butterfly walks are offered by Sally Levinson, aka Caterpillar Lady,  the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, March through October.  The website said children were welcome, so we decided to check it out this month with friends from my Nature Time! playgroup. This was a…

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San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

My husband, a 5th grade teacher, is now on vacation for the summer.  We celebrated the beginning of the season with a family trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park.  Neither my husband nor I had been here before, so we were excited to explore.  The second Tuesday of each…

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The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz

For Mother’s Day, I wanted to explore someplace new with my husband and our son.  I reviewed my “to-see” list, considered outings in the Marin Headlands and San Francisco, and decided, instead, that it would be a great day for a visit to The Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz.   And I’m…