Creek Running North June 2003 Archives

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June 30, 2003

The roof and the basement

It's been hard to make time to get down to the creek the last couple weeks, and even harder to make the time to write about it: I've been on deadline at my job editing the Earth Island Journal. But...

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June 17, 2003

For the Love of God, Montresor!

The blacktop is in along the top of the levee, spread, rolled, flattened. Too bad for any wildlife that didn't get out in time....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:18 PM

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June 13, 2003

Kites are fun

The trees across the street from our house have four white-tailed kites in them now. We were treated to a show tonight: a pair flew toward us, hovered over our front yard while grasping talons. And then another showed up,...

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Barn swallows

Well, one animal is likely to enjoy the new road: we came upon a perfectly content western fence lizard there this evening, catching the last few bits of illumination before the sun dropped down behind the Sonoma hills. The bay...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:17 AM

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June 10, 2003


The creek was high tonight, nearly filling the Corps of Engineers channel down to the bay. A mated pair of mallards paced Becky and me, the four of us flying north together. The new berm road is now covered in...

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June 09, 2003


A few years ago, camping by myself on the long, anonymous plains between the Painted Desert and Winslow AZ, I watched the sky. It was night, after a long day of driving in a month of long days of driving,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:19 PM

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June 07, 2003

Breaking eggs

Walked the creek this morning with Matthew Bettelheim. The fog hung in late, until about two pm. Matthew found a bit of egg shell along the path, picked it up. "Someone met their early end here." The mockingbirds have only...

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June 05, 2003

Reptile parts

There are times when you find something, and the way it came to be there makes itself plain at once in your mind. Yesterday morning, walking the dog, I found a severed lizard tail laying at the curb. The lizard...

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June 03, 2003

Animal minds

Tonight the mouth of the creek was wreathed in gray. The far shore was obscured, and the sky glowed that grayish pink that seems peculiar to the Bay Area on summer evenings. As we ran down toward the bay, a...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:22 PM

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June 02, 2003

Real Estate

We didn't plan to move to Pinole. We liked the town fine, but hadn't really thought about living here, one way or the other, until January 2002 when our landlord in Richmond decided to sell the house we'd been living...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:01 PM

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June 01, 2003


Adobe Road, according to some maps of Pinole, is a through road connecting two points on Pinole Valley Road, about three miles uphill from our house. Those maps lie. Turn onto Adobe, as we did this afternoon on a ride...

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