Stow Lake in Golden Gate park, Travel Photo Mondays #7


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

The stone bridge at Stow lake

Stow Lake in Golden Gate park, Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Turtle enjoying the afternoon light
 Today, we are taking a walk around one of my favorite parks, Stow lake in Golden Gate Park – San Francisco. In early fall this lake is filled with many blooming California natives planted along the river banks and walkways. It’s a pleasant and easy walk around the lake with a boat house and row-boat facilities for rent. Along the many pathways you can find yellow Hypericum, nasturtium, fuchsia, flannel bush and California Lilacs or Ceanothus completely flushed with purple blue flowers.
Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Some geese prefer to stay here year round


Outside of people walking their pets, there’s some wildlife to be found around the lake with turtles, geese and other fowl nesting in the area. It’s very quiet and the solitude is a real break from the urban jungle of San Francisco.  Most of the time you almost have this area to yourself to enjoy some peace and contemplate nature.


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Enjoying a walk around the lake


 The park is filled with native flowers, let’s take a look….


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Large shrubs of hebes in bloom




Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Afternoon light with nasturtiums

 It’s a perfect spot to paint and study nature….


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Painting au plein air in the park




Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Yellow native hypericum in bloom




Stow lake in Golden Gate park

A summer show of blooms in the park


Stow lake originally started in 1893 as a man-made lake built-in Golden Gate park as a respite from the crowded urban streets of San Francisco. A boathouse and rental boats were added for leisurely outings on the lake and were very popular with locals wanting an easy afternoon activity in the park. To learn more about Stow Lake visit their website here.


Stow lake in Golden Gate park

Autumn colors just starting to show


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43 Responses to Stow Lake in Golden Gate park, Travel Photo Mondays #7

  1. Jennie @ Got My Reservations August 16, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    We’re going to be in the Bay area in September and now I’m eager to revisit the park with my family. Great photos!

  2. Mike August 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow, I haven’t been to Golden Gate park in years. The pictures of the autumn colors with the water in the background and also especially the elderly couple walking were my favorites! 🙂

  3. Suzanne August 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    An interesting post. Thanks for asking me to join your travel photos challenge. Here’s the link to my post

  4. LaVoice August 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    What a difference it makes when someone has a great camera and knows how to use it. You do an excellent job on your photos. Enjoyed my visit very much.

  5. Eileen August 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    What a lovely park! The flowers and the lake are beautiful. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing and the invite.

  6. Mary {The World Is A Book} August 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Beautiful! I love parks like these and exploring the hidden corners. I’m especially drawn to those flower shots. It’s been many years since I’ve been to Golden Gate Park so thanks for taking me on a virtual walk with you.

  7. artmusedog and carol August 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Fantastic post of a very inviting place ~ Very professional photography ~ thanks, carol, xo

  8. a spirit of simplicity August 12, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    What a lovely spot. I love that stone bridge.

  9. that's the way the cornbread crumbles August 12, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    What a pretty spot. I love that stone bridge

  10. Opalla August 12, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks for commenting on my post Bisect and your invite to participate in Travel Photo Monday. You have such a beautiful blog and the images are stunning. I am now following your blog. When I have a suitable post, I’ll definitely submit to it. 🙂

  11. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I never heard of this lake and I went to college in the Bay Area! I’ll have to add this park to my list when I head back to Frisco next year.

  12. Ruth August 12, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Love the photo with the turtle.

  13. Amy | Club Narwhal August 12, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Thanks for hosting, Noel! Your photos are beautiful (I especially like the fluffy hebes). San Francisco is such a fun place to visit!

  14. frizztext August 12, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    wonderful tribute to this park!

  15. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse August 12, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    I love fuschias! The park is beautiful.

  16. Jennifer August 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I didn’t know about this lake! I love the contrast of the bustling city and the great parks in San Fran.

  17. InsideJourneys August 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Beautiful photos of Stow Lake, Noel. Especially like the geese.

  18. muzachan August 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm #


  19. Amy August 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I just found your blog via a link back to your Monday party. WOW! Spectacular photos that have me wanting to book the next flight to San Fran!

  20. Cathy Sweeney August 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    I just don’t get up to Golden Gate Park often enough. Stow Lake is lovely and I’ve taken the same walk. Great pics — cool shot of the turtle.

  21. Life Images by Jill August 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    what a lovely park – it certainly looks a gorgeous peaceful respite from the city. Thank you for taking us there and for hosting Travel Photo Monday.

  22. Joyce August 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm #


    So happy to find your blog and enthusiastically following along-I have linked up a little trip to the fabulous city of New Orleans!


  23. Pondside August 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    How forward-thinking of the people of the area way-back-when! I imagine that the lake and its surrounds are even more of a respite not than they were 120 years ago.

  24. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country August 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Noel, thanks for hosting and for informing me of your party!

  25. Abby August 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Gorgeous! So happy to see these nature photos, since I’m moving to SF soon!

  26. Poppy August 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Noel,

    Your images of Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park are truly breathtaking! From the the fall foliage to the delicate and pretty petaled wonders, and the beauty of wildlife, it’s all phenomenal!! Thank you so much for all the gorgeous inspiration!! And, for hosting!


  27. Denise Of Coffeeberry Cottage August 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Thank You for dropping by to say hello.I enjoyed Your tour of the park and all the photos.My fave was the old couple strolling.

  28. Irene August 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    The pictures were so relaxing that I thought I was taking a walk in the park with you!:-)


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