The Birds in Google's Backyard

Photowalks are great for getting out, meeting people and seeing new things. Especially when they want to take you somewhere you had no idea existed.

Like the San Francisco Bay Trail, described by officials as a “500 mile trail around the Bay.” It covers a lot of ground (The trail goes from the city of San Francisco and then some, through Brisbane, Oakland, San Leandro, and for the purposes of today’s Photowalk, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

My friend Chris MacAskill, who runs the online forum Cake.co and Adventure Rider forums, (and co-founded SmugMug!) invited me to see the “Baylands,” for an early morning Photowalk. (He took the first six photos displayed here. He’s one amazing photographer.)

Here’s what you need to know: the Baylands are directly behind the massive Google campus in Mountain View. Just a few steps from the “Googleplex,” and all those red, green and blue and yellow letters that dot the signage on the campus is this haven for birds.

We parked in Lot E, and then walked a block or so to what’s called the Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study. From there, we saw ducks, egrets, geese and many other birds whose names I couldn’t state.

I encourage you to watch the above video and check out the trail with us.


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