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Scenes of  Seoul, South Korea -- Posted April 22, 2013
South Korea


Scenes of San Francisco, Oakland, CA, Thailand & Miyajima, Japan -- Posted September 10, 2012
San Francisco, Oakland, Thailand


Scenes of Japan -- Kyoto to Nara -- Posted August 8, 2011
Japan -- Kyoto to Nara


Scenes of Japan -- Hiroshima to Tokyo -- Posted June 2, 2011
Japan -- Hiroshima to Tokyo


People of Burma, Laos and Thailand -- Posted March 20, 2011
Burma, Laos & Thailand


Some Larger San Francisco Birds -- Posted January 18, 2011
Larger San Francisco Birds


Three Little San Francisco Birds -- Posted September 26, 2010
Little San Francisco Birds


Scenes of Bangkok, Thailand -- Posted August 18, 2010
Scenes of Bangkok, Thailand


City Birds and Scenes of Duluth, Minnesota -- Posted July 22, 2010
Duluth, MN City Birds & Scenes


Wild Birds and Monitor Lizards of Bangkok -- Posted July 10, 2010
Bangkok Birds & Water Monitor


Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge Spring 2010
Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge



More City Birds

Canada Geese enjoy the morning sun while American Coots, Mallards and other birds glide fish and relax on beautiful Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA


A Pair of Mallards are seen fishing at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA


Portrait of a Heron at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA


Cormorants nesting at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA  -- taken on July 4, 2012


October at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA and the Cormorant nests are empty for another year


Snoozing, grooming and scratching; October finds these juvenile Cormorants enjoying the morning at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.  In a year those brown feathers will be replaced with black feathers.


A female House Finch perched on a roof in City Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


Three House Finches exploring the concrete jungle of City Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A greatly magnified study of a House Finch


Close-up of a brown and white Roman Tufted Goose at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA


Pigeons, such as this beauty, live the good life at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA


A Pigeon of City Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco, where life for Pigeons isn't easy.


Pigeons of City Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco, fleeing from a Red-tailed Hawk.


A couple dozen Crows, like a swarm of bees, came in from the Southeast.  They descended to one of their favorite hangouts, briefly resting and foraging before rushing off toward the Golden Gate.



Bird's-eye Views

A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view San Francisco birds see while flying around Ciity Birds Country, the Heart of San Francisco


A view the San Francisco waterfront during a colorful sunrise with birds stretching their wings.  Taken with a Canon SX40 HS Camera


San Francisco at dusk during the Christmas holidays, 2012.


San Francisco at dusk.


Full Moon Over San Francisco May 25, 2013.  Taken with a Canon SX40 HS Camera -- Hand Held


An Interesting San Francisco Sunset


The Atami Moon Terrace is Part of the Newly Developed Atami Shinsui Park with Great Day and Night Views of the Port, City and Harbor; and, it is Considered to be a Sacred Place for Lovers


Pigeons Feeling the Love at the Atami Moon Terrace, Atami, Japan


Statue of the Dove of Love at the Atami Moon Terrace, Atami, Japan


A View of Atami, Japan; a Seaside, Hot Springs Resort Area

Scenes of Japan -- From Kyoto to Nara

August 8, 2011 -- This post features scenes of Kyoto and Nara Japan.  The two cities are in neighboring prefectures.  Kyoto at around 1.5 million people is the larger of the two cities, with Nara having around 350,000 people.

Both cities are renowned for their exquisite Buddhist temples and shrines. Perhaps because Nara is the smaller of the two cities, it enjoys a natural life not found in many places.  The deer of Nara are free to roam.  Their behavior among humans is akin to that found with Pigeons in most of the world's cities.

The first 15 pictures are scenes of Kyoto and the remaining 15 pictures are scenes of Nara.  In Nara, during November, a ceremony is held on behalf of five year old boys and three and seven year old girls. The ceremony, held at the Buddhist shrines and temples, is called the shichi-go-san (7-5-3) ceremony. The children usually dress up in kimonos or Sunday best.

Traditional Torii Gate Entrance to Heian Shrine in Kyoto, Japan
Traditional Torii Gate Entrance
Heian Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Golden Pavilion -- a Zen Buddhist Temple
Kyoto Golden Pavilion
Zen Buddhist Temple

Kyoto Golden Pavilion -- a Zen Buddhist Temple
Kyoto Golden Pavilion
Zen Buddhist Temple

Looking Up Toward the Kiyomizu Temple Complex in Kyoto
The Kiyomizu Temple Complex in Kyoto

Looking Down at the Kiyomizu Temple Complex in Kyoto
View from the Kiyomizu Temple Complex

Kyoto Station is Japan's Second Largest Transportation Hub
Kyoto Station
Japan's Second Largest Transportation Hub

The Interior of Kyoto Station Decked out for Christmas
Interior of Kyoto Station
Decked out for Christmas

A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene
A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene

A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene
A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene

A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene
A Kyoto, Japan Street Scene

A Kyoto Jungle Crow at Home in the City
A Kyoto Jungle Crow at Home in the City

An Interesting Sculpture in a Kyoto, Japan Park
Sculpture in a Kyoto, Japan Park

The Landmark Kyoto Tower
The Landmark Kyoto Tower

A View from the Landmark Kyoto Tower
View from the Landmark Kyoto Tower

A View from the Landmark Kyoto Tower
View from the Landmark Kyoto Tower

Great Buddha Hall at the Tōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan
Great Buddha Hall
Tōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan

Burning Incense in front of the Temple
Burning Incense at the Great Buddha Hall

Nandaimon, the Great Southern Gate in Nara, Japan
Nandaimon, the Great Southern Gate
Nara, Japan

Deer of Nara, Japan, Free and Tame, are a Joy to the People
Deer of Nara, Japan, Free and Tame
A Joy to the People

Some People are Freightened of Animals and Birds
Some are Freightened of Animals and Birds

A Boy and His Deer in Nara, Japan
A Boy and His Deer in Nara, Japan

The Deer of Nara, Japan Provide Good Photo Opportunities
The Deer of Nara, Japan
Good Photo Opportunities

Deer of Nara, Japan Waiting for Treats
Deer of Nara, Japan Waiting for Treats

While Adult Deer Eat Treats, the Fawns Wait Their Turn
While Adult Deer Eat Treats
The Fawns Wait Their Turn

These Monuments Make Good Head Scratchers for Nara's Deer
The Monuments Make Good Head Scratchers
For Nara's Deer

Ladies of Nara, Japan in Traditional Dress
Ladies of Nara, Japan in Traditional Dress

A Boy and Girl in Traditional Dress being Photographed
A Boy and Girl in Traditional Dress

A Character and a Proper Young Lady in Nara Japan
A Character and a Proper Young Lady
Nara Japan

Accepting Donations at a Nara Location
Accepting Donations at a Nara Location

A Scene of Downtown Nara, Japan
A Scene of Downtown Nara, Japan

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                     Bird Reference

 - American Coots

 - American Robins

 - American White Pelicans

 - Birds of Thailand

 - Black-crowned Night Heron

 - Black Phoebe

 - Brewer's Blackbirds

 - Brown Pelicans

 - Canada Geese

 - Common Mynas

 - Cormorants

 - Crows

 - Doves

 - Egrets

 - Glaucous-winged Gulls

 - Great Blue Herons

 - Greater White-fronted Goose

 - House Finch

 - Jungle Crow

 - Lesser Scaup

 - Mallards

 - Muscovy Ducks

 - Mute Swans

 - Pelicans

 - Ravens

 - Sparrow, House

 - Sparrow, White-crowned

 - Starlings


                Location Reference

 - Bangkok, Thailand

 - Burma (Myanmar)

 - Corregidor

 - Duluth, Minnesota

 - Hiroshima, Japan

 - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 - Inle Lake, Burma

 - Irrawaddy River, Burma

 - Kobe, Japan

 - Kyoto, Japan

 - Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos

 - Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

 - Laos

 - Luang Prabang, Laos

 - Mandalay, Burma

 - Mekong River

 - Miyajima, Japan

 - Nara, Japan

 - Oakland, CA

 - Republic of Korea (South Korea)

 - San Francisco, CA

 - Thailand

 - Tokyo, Japan

 - Vientiane, Laos


                     More City Birds

          Early Birds at Dawn on Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

          From Head to Toe at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA Canada Geese

          A Duluth, MN Mallard in January

          At Dawn, Canada Geese Take Flight Over Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

          Gulls and other birds are comfortable living in and around the concrete jungles

          An American Robin Foraging Early in the Morning at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

          An American Robin Gathering Food for Chicks Nesting in a Tree High Above at the San Francisco National Cemetery

          Amidst Hundreds of Graves, an American Robin Forages at the San Francisco National Cemetery

          American White Pelicans and Canada Geese at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

          American White Pelicans, such as these at Lake Merritt in Downtown Oakland, California, are one of America's largest birds, and they are Impressive with their wings spread open

          House Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow at Fort Mason Public Gardens, San Francisco

          A House Sparrow pondering winter in Duluth, MN

          White-crowned Sparrow at Fort Mason Public Gardens, San Francisco

          Canada Geese from Treasure Island in Flight over San Francisco Bay Heading Toward the Marin Headlands (Alcatraz to the Left)

          A Pair of Jungle Crows Hanging Out in a Downtown Bangkok Park

          These Common Indian Doves are seen foraging around an open-air restaurant in Phuket, Thailand, where people enjoy feeding them.

          Five House Finches Enjoying the Day on Top of a Highrise Fire Escape.

          Three House Finches Enjoying the March Sun White a Crow on an Adjoining Building Stands Watch.

          After Construction Workers Leave for the Day, a Pair of Crows Takes Over the Crane.

          A Release Bird, this White Homing Pigeon was Briefly Seen Enjoying Lake Merritt, Oakland while Provoking Curiosity among the Regulars at the Lake

          Cormorants are Seen Resting on the Anchor Chains of a Ship Moored in the Harbor of Yokohama, Japan

                  More City Scenes

          Torii Gate, Miyajima, Japan

          San Francisco at Dusk

          A San Francisco Sunset

          Flowers of Fort Mason Public Gardens, San Francisco

          Flowers of Fort Mason Public Gardens, San Francisco

          A Tokyo Sunrise

          A View of Kobe, Japan as Rebuilt after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

          A Partial View of Downtown San Francisco with the Ferry Building in the Foreground and Mount Sutro Tower in the distance.  Taken from Treasure Island During an Early Spring Morning

          A Partial View of Downtown San Francisco with Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, Taken from Treasure Island During an Early Spring Morning

          A Partial View of Downtown San Francisco from Treasure Island

          A View of Downtown San Francisco from Twin Peaks

          In this view of San Francisco, we see the TransAmerica Pyramid in the upper-left corner, the dome of City Hall is to the left, slightly below center, the tower of the Ferry Building is seen upper right of center and the United States Mint is seen in the center of the picture's foreground.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          In this view of San Francisco, we see the TransAmerica Pyramid in the upper-left corner, the dome of City Hall is to the left, slightly below center, the tower of the Ferry Building is seen upper right of center and the United States Mint is seen in the center of the picture's foreground.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          A View of Downtown San Francisco from Twin Peaks

          A View of portions of San Francisco's  Russian Hill, Nob Hill and Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower in the upper-center of the picture taken from Twin Peaks.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          A View of San Francisco's Castro District taken from Twin Peaks.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          A View of Alcatraz Island taken from Twin Peaks.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          A View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Twin Peaks

          A View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco Side

          A View of Oakland, CA with the San Francisco Waterfront in the foreground and Mt. Diablo in the background, taken from Twin Peaks.  Photographed using a Canon SX40 HS camera.

          A Colorful Winter Sunset Showing Twin Peaks and Mount Sutro Tower, San Francisco

          Sunrise Over Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, CA

          An Autumn view of Seoul, Korea's beautiful skyline

          A storm-threatening sunset over San Francisco

          Sunrise Over Mt. Davidson (the highest natural point in San Francisco at 928 feet (283 m), with the Upper Portion of the Cross Visible

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