Stow lake in Golden Gate park

The stone bridge at Stow lake

Stow Lake in Golden Gate park, Travel Photo Mondays

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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

History

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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