I expect to download a lot of information here in the next few days... feel free to tag along.
The class starts tomorrow, but I have a few things to post today:
Part One, I had to write a short paper about a Bay topic, and I picked "Salt production in the Bay (technique and history)". That paper (mostly quotes and links) is here.
Part Two, I paid a visit yesterday to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (link, link)--a salt pond restoration site that we will not be visiting during my weekend ecology course, but that I have always wanted to see. I took some pictures and posted them here.
Part 3, San Francisco Bay-Delta Model.
Also, I want to specifically link to this curious group blog Hidden Ecologies, administered by various faculty at UC Berkeley. I found this while researching my paper on salt production in the Bay.
"Our project looks at places -- starting with several transitional geographies along San Francisco Bay -- in ways that juxtapose scales, collect different points of view, and encourage the sharing of ideas."
I especially enjoyed this post by architecture professor Charles Benton on aerial kite photography--that is, taking pictures from your camera while it's tied to a flying kite.
"Given a chance I suspect that most of us would slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights. An aerial view offers a fresh perspective of familiar landscapes and in doing so challenges our spatial sensibilities, our grasp of relationships. This playful talk will chronicle ten years of aerial photography from kite-lofted cameras. Examples will be shown from California’s wetlands including the South San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds, Herons Head Park, and the Berkeley/Albany Codornices Creek restoration project. Along the way Professor Benton will touch on the history of early aerial photography as well as methods and motivations for using kites as a photographic platform in the current day. Simultaneously an art form and a remote sensing exercise Benton’s low-level approach yields photographs that can be beautiful, useful, or both."