One of the pleasures of walking along the shore in central California is seeing pelicans. There are often great flocks of them, and to British eyes this is a thing of excess and exoticism.
I caught this one flying in San Francisco Bay, just to the west of Alcatraz Island. There’s a pleasant symmetry to that – “alcatraz” is the Spanish for “pelican”.
Did you know there’s a stately home near San Francisco – no need to visit Europe to see one!
Filoli is a 650 acre estate and grand stately home in 16 acres of formal gardens, to the west of I-280 level with Redwood City. It was built on surplus land by the man whose water company created Crystal Springs reservoir, the long narrow lake that fills the San Andreas fault to the west of the property. The rich gardens were subsequently filled by its next owner, a shipping magnate. It now belongs to America’s National Trust for Historic Preservation.