Round 2

I was more successful getting things for Round 2 on my first try at the scavenger hunt.

Another cyclist: Mom and son circling the labyrinth in Quarry Park while waiting for some others to come along. This is the site of the quarry, and the labyrinth is made from leftover rocks. Somewhat granitic.

Tire swing: I had to make a second trip to this swing near my house because a bunch of preschoolers were using it. They don’t make tires like they used to. This one was torn and taped and pretty beat up.

Something rusty: I couldn’t decide, so here are a few rusty things. Good thing I decided not to ride into the iron monger’s yard. First are a few old crab pots, and the other shot shows some ex-pilings.

Motor Homes right along/above the Coastal Trail that runs along Half Moon Bay.

School bus: or was. I told the owner I thought it was pretty cool. He said, “I like it when people tell me that because I did it myself.” I could tell that somehow. This was at a parking lot for one of the beaches.

Chain: it’s holding up the sign for Colin Tiura & Daughters Excavation and Earthmoving Specialists. Nice sign materials. Musta been a Cadillac or something.

Cell Tower: Hanging around Princeton-by-the-Sea.

Floating object: well, lots of them, at Princeton Harbor. It’s a working fishing fleet. I coulda brought home some fresh black cod for dinner if I’d had any cash on me.

Broken window: Back in Quarry Park, this little shed is at the start of the trail. I don’t know what it was used for.

Feather: I rode on Vista Trail in Quarry Park which had a nice view through a forest of eucalyptus of Half Moon Bay. This feather was stuck on the back of the bench. On closer inspection it’s an owl feather, probably a Great Horned owl, which I heard the other evening when I was there.

8 response to "Round 2"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 12, 2021

    Hi Kathleen!
    You did very well — lots of interesting photos of your discoveries. The list remains active, keep looking! 🙂
    Thanks for posting!

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 12, 2021

      Thanks, and planning on it.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 13, 2021

      Boy are you going to be sorry you mentioned that. Owl feathers are designed for stealth, as opposed to most other birds who don’t care about being quiet, just getting from A to B. If you look closely at the tip of the feather you’ll see that the barbs (the strands of the feather, if you will) are different lengths, serrated. So are the barbs along the margin. Plus, there are tiny hairs along the tops of the barbs. Those all serve to break up the airflow into microturbulences, which makes their flight nearly soundless. If you took a goose or hawk or crow feather and whipped it hard through the air, you’d hear it. When you do that with an owl feather, you won’t hear anything. Now when you see a feather you will have a good chance of figuring out if it’s an owl or not. Bet you’ve seen more than you knew.

      • By: gregblood Posted: June 13, 2021

        That’s some cool owl feather info. Boy, are you ever going to be sorry you provided it. Owls are so stealthy that I’ve only seen them on a few occasions and those occasions have been some of the most spectacular wildlife observances of my life. Someday, maybe I’ll have the chance to tell you about the time a small owl flew within ten feet of me while I was backpacking in Badlands National Park. Or the time I saw a great horned owl, perched on a cactus, carefully watching a bat flitting around for several minutes before taking off after the bat. I never got to see if the owl caught up to it. Or the time my brother and I were driving on a small road in west Texas, bound for Guadalupe National Park, and we had to slow down to 20 m.p.h. to avoid hitting the thousands of jackrabbits crossing the road and the dozens of Great Horned Owls chasing them–all in quick flashes in front of our headlights.

        • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 13, 2021

          O.M.G. Fantastic experiences. We’ll need a special wing of this site just for those stories of yours. Owls are the best.

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