We took a break yesterday from gardening so Sirenita could show me some of her old haunts. She's part mermaid, so we wound up exploring the Pacific shoreline around the Golden Gate - though it was a foggy, drizzly day, it was beautiful and mysterious and unlike anything I've seen before.
The trees here look like Middle Earth.
Near a place called the Sutro Baths, jagged little islets rear up out of the surf.
The breakers were dramatic.
North of Sutro Baths is Baker Beach - the dunes here are held in place by native plants in shades of silver and green.
There was a stairway into the sky.
A view from the stairs. Wherever I go I'm interested in the local flora, and the plants here were especially fascinating. There are artemisias of some kind mixed with other salt-tolerant shrubs and weird little succulents and the over-all visual effect is rich and textural and, for me, almost surreal.
I fell in love with this landscape, it's like another planet.
A red flower and a dew-glistening artemisia.
The north end of Baker Beach is a clothing-optional area, but the few people we saw there were completely not nekkid. By way of compensation, the Golden Gate Bridge loomed impressively out of the mist.
Splash! In the background here you can see Marin County and a giant container ship leaving the Bay for points unknown. Right after taking this shot I tried to climb lower down on the rocks for a close-up of the waves breaking, but Sirenita yelled at me that I could get drowned and it seemed best to defer to her knowledge of the area.
As dusk closed in, the fog lifted off the bridge.
China Beach. By this time it was fully dark, and before too long the police rolled up and shined a spotlight in our faces and said we had to hit the road. Ah well, it was a fantastic afternoon of sightseeing, and I was lucky to have Sirenita as a tour guide and a story-teller for the wonderful places we visited.