Butt-Ugly Beautiful

fa54ceb6-2378-49c3-a736-91c5382d2414As they rounded the corner of the far entrance of the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park, Craig said, “Look at those trees. They have to be the ugliest trees I’ve ever seen.” Then he whipped out his iPhone and took a picture of the nearest tree.

“What are you doing?” Allison asked.

“I’m taking a picture of this butt-ugly tree and I’m going to post it on Instagram so all of our friends from back east can see it.”

“These trees may be different looking, but that doesn’t make them ugly,” Allison said. “They’re examples of the beautiful balance of nature that God has created. I actually find these trees strangely inviting.”

“Oh come on, Allison,” Craig said. “You’re just goading me into a big discussion about God, aren’t you?”

“Not at all. But unlike you, I do see beauty in that tree. And I am also a fan of Joyce Kilmer.”

“Who’s Joyce Kilmer?”

“He was was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for his short poem titled ‘Trees,’” Allison said.

“I’ve never hear of him or that poem,” Craig said.

Allison started reciting the poem by Kilmer.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (entrance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tree), Ragtag Daily Prompt (balance), Word of the Day Challenge (create), and Your Daily Word Prompt (inviting).

SoCS Badge Contest

Linda G. Hill is the host of the very popular Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Every year she holds a contest for bloggers to submit a new badge design for her weekly prompt. See the details and rules here.

I have decided to give it a shot this year, since I love this intriguing challenge and participate just about every week. And so, here’s my kind of unusual (in that there is no stream involved at all) entry.SoCS Logo 18I took this picture in Golden Gate Park earlier this year and the wispy clouds reminded me of what an airborne stream of consciousness might look like.

I don’t expect my badge to be selected, but you never know, right. As they say, you miss 100% of your shots not taken. Besides, my blogging buddy Jim Adams, at A Unique Title for Me,  entered the contest and I’d never forgive myself if he ran unopposed and won!

Coyote Ugly

Today is the final day of serving as the tour guide for our out-of-town visitors. When we headed out to Golden Gate Park to walk our dog and to show off one of the nation’s greatest city parks, they got a little freaked out when we passed this sign.15EE0CF2-5E91-47AF-B322-9DAA9A7DA5BC“There are coyotes in this park?” One of our visitors asked. “Have you ever seen one?”

“Many times,” I answered. “But they typically keep to themselves, so it’s not an issue. We just have to keep our dog on the leash so she won’t go running after them. That would not be good.”

I could tell that our guests were a little uncomfortable at the possibility of coming across wild coyotes. Every time they spotted a German Shepherd one of them would point at it and ask if it was a coyote. So I decided that perhaps it was time to take them to a “safer” tourist destination and we headed over to Alcatraz Island. FD7D8C31-2978-47C1-96BF-8F57E6C577A4I’ve yet to see a coyote at Alcatraz.

WPC — Pacific Sunset

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we are asked to share our favorite photos of a sunrise or a sunset.

I do wake up early every morning before sunrise, but I spend the first hour or so in bed reading posts that show up on my iPhone’s WordPress app’s reader. So I have no sunrise pics to share.

But in the early evenings, my wife and I often walk our dog to the top of Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park. And sometime the views looking west toward the setting sun over the Pacific are picture-worthy.

So here are a few of my favorite sunset pictures.

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SoCS — Not My Doors

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill is supposed to be about a door. Linda asked us to “write about a door you walked through this week that wasn’t your own.”

I thought over what I had done this past week and where I’d been that had any doors that might be of interest. Let’s see. I went to see a movie, took a trip to a grocery store, and picked up some pizza from a local pizzeria. None of these places had anything notable about their doors.

This past week I walked into my house via the garage door as well as through my front door. I walked through my bedroom door and I used my bathroom door quite a bit. I went in and out of the sliding glass doors that lead to my backyard as well as the French doors that lead to my back deck. But none of those doors can be used for this prompt since they are all my own doors, and Linda gave strict instructions to not write about our own doors.

So what to do? Well, I decided to show two pictures I had recently taken at Golden Gate Park of some doors. These doors below are at one of the side entrances of the Conservatory of Flowers.
C525D1CE-5531-4BAD-9982-D28684A695A3This next picture shows the main entrance to the structure. The doors at this entrance are identical to the ones at the side entrance pictured above, but the overall entranceway is more impressive.BC277ADF-8907-43A3-B4DE-2828C4FE8A40Just so you know, I didn’t walk through either of these doors this past week, but I have walked through them before.