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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

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August 10th, 2011 · No Comments

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This weekend I flew to Northern California to attend the wedding of my best friend, John, and Vicky. They had met in Anchorage, Alaska, two years ago, just after he became interim pastor at St. John United Methodist church there. A few days after John got to Alaska I visited him there and also met Vicky at that time.

Their outdoor wedding took place on Sunday at the home of parishioners of John when he was the long-time senior pastor of the Los Altos United Methodist Church. John called the wedding “a small private event,” but more than 100 people came from all over to join the celebration of these wonderful people.

Wed!

Wed!

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I took about 700 photos at the wedding and reception. But I also wanted to do some nature photography. John loaned me his car so I was able to make three trips to the shores of San Francisco Bay before my return flight to Colorado on Monday evening.

Late on Sunday afternoon I drove just a dozen miles from where I stayed in Palo Alto to the south end of the San Francisco Bay, one of the largest bays in the world. Hudson Bay and eBay may be bigger, but they certainly don’t have as many birds. I went first to the Alviso section of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

In the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR at Alviso

In the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR at Alviso

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I saw many more birds there than I expected for this time of the year. While none of the birds were new to me, the very first creatures that I saw and photographed were. They were Western Pygmy Blues, one of the smallest butterflies in the world and the smallest in North America. Its wingspan is about half an inch.

A Western Pygmy Blue

A Western Pygmy Blue

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I loved watching many birds fly right by me at the national wildlife reserve.

A Flock of Canada Geese

A Flock of Canada Geese

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A Gull

A Gull

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An American White Pelican

An American White Pelican

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I got to the Shoreline at Mountain View Park, just three miles from where I stayed in Palo Alto, so early on Monday morning that the fog hadn’t rolled out yet. But this Great Egret was worth the trip.

A Great Egret and its Reflection

A Great Egret and its Reflection

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On Monday afternoon I went to the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in Menlo Park, just six miles from where I stayed. There I found the bird I was most happy to see.

A Snowy Egret

A Snowy Egret

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One of the last creatures I found on the trail was this lizard.

A Little Lizard

A Little Lizard

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For many years John had a chameleon as a pet. Since they are related to lizards, every time I see one I think of my best friend.

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