Fall in San Francisco brings uncertain weather – (welcome) rainy days mixed in with days of beautiful crisp clarity (also welcome). The day before Thanksgiving was a picture-book afternoon, and Sutro Forest beckoned.
A tiny crescent moon shone high up. We used to call a daytime moon “the Children’s Moon” – a leftover from the Victorian era in which children were put to bed so early in summer that they didn’t see the moon at night.
We heard a lot of birds in the canopy, too far for us to recognize them. A few also scratched and darted around the bushes. We heard a humming bird clicking and buzzing, and here’s a fuzzy picture of (probably) a hermit thrush.
LOST AND FOUND
As sometimes happens, we came across things people had left behind.
We continued down the trails with the light slanting in. For such a lovely day, there were few people in the forest. There were maybe half a dozen hikers over two hours, and three or four bikers enjoying the natural beauty and peace of the forest.
The trails are damp from recent rain, but not muddy except in a very few easily avoided places.
The forest has some bare areas it didn’t have before – those that have been decimated by the so-called ‘fire-safety work’, the felling of over 200 trees declared hazardous, and drastic understory removal.
So on Thanksgiving Day 2014, here’s what we’re thankful for:
- That Adolph Sutro planted this wonderful forest 125 years ago.
- That this piece survived when much of the rest of his forest was cut down;
- That through the efforts of neighbors who fought to save it in the 1970s, it did not become a construction site;
- And that 15 years since the Plan to destroy most of its trees and understory, it yet stands tall and beautiful.