Saturday, September 17, 2011

Urban Nature

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Robb and I went cycling near the Oakland Airport today. We're trying to prepare for our fundraising ride next weekend. We had stopped for a drink of water, when I noticed a family hanging over the edge of a bridge, watching a school of rays.

This is a pretty lousy cell-phone movie, but I don't care! I possess an almost insane love of rays and skates. I don't actually know much about them, but when I see them swimming, my heart just about bursts with joy. We saw about half a dozen (what I think are) bat rays, swimming in the channel. It was hard to tell, but Robb and I think that these animals were two or two-and-half feet across. I kept wondering what the ducks swimming in the channel thought of the rays.

As far as I'm concerned, it was magical to see such dream-like creatures.

The ride was pretty humbling. Somehow I haven't done much cycling in the last year. Robb broke his back (again). We had to move out 18,000 square foot warehouse-studio, while producing a full season of plays. And I'd been busy with the house and garden.

That big ride next weekend is going to hurt.

8 comments:

Mo and Steve said...

How wonderful to see Rays like that! We've only ever seen them whilst on holiday in far away places from us. Beautiful creatures :)

Kellyann Brown said...

The Academy of Sciences has some great rays in the pool in front of the planetarium. I know you would love it! Good luck on the BORP ride!

Katie Hertfelder said...

I feel the same way about bat rays. At sea World and the aquarium in Monterey they have shallow pools where you can feed and pet them. Always my favorite part of the day! Good luck on your ride.

Town Mouse said...

Lisa, best wishes for the ride. Just take it slowly.

As for Asclepias seeds, you can get in touch with me and I'll send you some. Go to www.azureheart.com and use the email there.

Amber G said...

Beautiful bat ray! (and yes, you are correct that they are bat rays =o) I have had the honor of diving with bat rays and sting rays and I love them both! Good luck on your ride!

Becky said...

Oh! So magical!

Anne Bonny said...

That's soo cool! So beautiful!

SFKelly said...

Wow, thanks for the bat ray video! I've seen rays while scuba diving in tropical places, but never here in the Bay Area. Very cool.

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