Good Feast of the Immaculate Conception however you slice it

The Dawn Jogger happens to be born on the feast of the Immaculate Conception and happens to be celebrating her birthday in New York City. Her wish was to do a celebratory lunch at one of her longtime favorite restaurants, Balthazar. Wish granted. And do a lot of walking. Wish granted. Take in the in the tourist lights at Rockefeller Center. Wish granted. All in all a very good birthday day…

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In love with the Park even on a rainy day

Central Park December 2011The Dawn Jogger waited until shortly before noon to head out into Central Park today, hoping the rain would pass. But it just kept coming (and going and has continued to come and go). The net was a Park almost to herself, on a day when the few runners who were out midday wear wearing shorts, the temperature was so mild. It’s supposed to turn cold tomorrow.

She kept her weather watch from the front window of the apartment that she’s staying at. Most of the trees in the Park are now leafless. But like a welcoming bouquet, one was still shining in its golden-hued  glory…

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The wonderful and impossible to photograph Christmas tree

Some years ago the Dawn Joggers installed new lights in the Redwood tree that’s on the corner of their property. Many neighbors stopped by to thank them. Unfortunately the tree is impossible to photograph. Taken from Oak Ave., there’s a light post in the way. Taken from Oak Knoll (photo) there’s another tree that obscures the view. Some things just can’t get done…

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Starting to feel a lot like spring (not Christmas)

view from Big Dish

The Mid-Peninsula continues to bask under bright sunshine and 70 degree temperatures, hardly the kind of days to make one think about all things holly and jolly. It’s more the kind of day to don shorts and tank top and get out in nature.

The Dawn Jogger didn’t quite meet nature up close, choosing instead to do a new route that took her around both the Dish and Lake Lagunita. She was looking for more mileage (at least five miles) but less up and down.

Up top, you could see Mt. Diablo clearly and all the more southerly peaks like Hamilton. And along the ridge, she found evidence of a couple’s love…


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Great sunrise and wildlife, too

deer at Lake Lagunita

The gusty winds have chased all the ground fog out, which opens the possibility for pretty sunrises. The Dawn Jogger got that this morning and more. To her surprise, a trio of deer were grazing in the field just adjacent to Lake Lagunita. It’s been awhile since she’s seen deer on the Stanford campus…

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Bedwell Bayfront without a great sunrise

The pea soup fog that blanketed the Peninsula the last two mornings gave way to high overcast today. But that was enough to put a damper on the spectacular sunrises the Dawn Jogger is used to seeing on her Wednesday Bedwell Bayfront Wednesday outings. So she returned to a favorite subject, photographed over the years, a bicycle…

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Wandering predawn in pea soup fog

The news the last two mornings has been the dense valley fog that enveloped Menlo Park. It was thick enough this morning to be producing water droplets. Not being able to see forward, the Dawn Jogger looked down…

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