Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
When I last visited Golden Gate Park, the plan was to go to the California Academy of Sciences. The weather was stunning, though, especially for this time of year; it was breezy, but enough sun was breaking through to take the edge off the cold. There was no low fog, but fluffy clouds were drifting by not too far overhead, casting changeable shadows over the park. There was a salty sea tang in the air, and it seemed like there was a different species of bird singing away in each tree.
On a day like that, who wants to spend all afternoon in a museum?
Instead, we wandered across the way to the Academy of Flowers. The building itself is impressive, with unusual and compelling architecture. The front gardens, though, are truly brilliant. Depending on the time of year, they’re vibrant with flowers of every shade imaginable, laid out in striking patterns. Given my preference for macro-photography, I was thrilled to spend an hour or so there taking pictures of the flowers and all their six-legged residents.
The nearby Japanese Tea Garden is breathtaking, but struck us on this occasion as too crowded. Instead, we wandered down to Stow Lake and strolled around it, this time just watching the paddle boaters instead of taking part ourselves.
For some reason, there are bison in Golden Gate Park. (Don’t worry, they’re in an enclosure, not roaming free.) I’ve never entirely understood why, but there they are. They’re more toward the west end — further than we were interested in walking this time — but they’re definitely worth a visit. When else and where else in California or anywhere do you see bison in a metropolitan city?