Lake Offerings

Late in 2018 I began thinking about three large tree stumps I passed during my regular walks around Lake Merced. They felt like altars to me, and I had an idea about honoring my daughter, who had passed a few months earlier, and about thanking the lake for its beauty and nourishment. In November I started to construct weekly offerings, using mostly materials found around the lake - rocks, branches, leaves, and seeds, and supplemented with purchased flowers. I love the immediacy and impermanence - these are for the moment, and they deteriorate in the weather and go back to the earth. Some weeks the previous offering is completely scattered by the wind and the birds, and sometimes I find that people have carefully put back things that have fallen to the ground, or left small gifts and, on occasion, notes. I love that! All of these are dedicated to Valerie.

New for 2021! All images are available for purchase as prints or cards; click on the shopping cart at the lower right of each picture.


  • June 19, 2021

    June 19, 2021
  • June 12, 2021

    June 12, 2021
  • June 5, 2021

    June 5, 2021
  • May 29, 2021

    May 29, 2021
  • May 22, 2021

    May 22, 2021
  • May 14, 2021

    Valerie's Birthday

    May 14, 2021
  • May 8, 2021

    Roses for Mother's Day

    May 8, 2021
  • May 1, 2021

    May 1, 2021
  • April 24, 2021

    April 24, 2021
  • April 17, 2021

    April 17, 2021
  • April 10, 2021

    April 10, 2021
  • April 3, 2021

    April 3, 2021
  • March 27, 2021

    March 27, 2021
  • March 19, 2021

    March 19, 2021
  • March 12, 2021

    Especially for Valerie

    March 12, 2021
  • March 6, 2021

    March 6, 2021
  • February 27, 2021

    An edible piece; for the birds and squirrels.

    February 27, 2021
  • February 20, 2021

    February 20, 2021
  • February 13, 2021

    February 13, 2021
  • February 6, 2021

    February 6, 2021
  • January 30, 2021

    January 30, 2021
  • January 22, 2021

    January 22, 2021
  • January 15, 2021

    January 15, 2021
  • January 8, 2021

    January 8, 2021
  • January 1, 2021

    January 1, 2021
  • December 25, 2020

    December 25, 2020
  • December 19, 2020

    December 19, 2020
  • December 12, 2020

    December 12, 2020
  • December 5, 2020

    December 5, 2020
  • November 28, 2020

    November 28, 2020
  • November 21, 2020 - two years!

    November 21, 2020 - two years!
  • November 14, 2020

    November 14, 2020
  • November 7, 2020

    November 7, 2020
  • October 31, 2020

    October 31, 2020
  • October 24, 2020

    October 24, 2020
  • October 17, 2020

    October 17, 2020
  • October 10, 2020

    October 10, 2020
  • October 3, 2020

    October 3, 2020
  • September 26, 2020

    September 26, 2020
  • September 19, 2020

    September 19, 2020
  • September 12, 2020

    September 12, 2020
  • September 5, 2020

    September 5, 2020
  • August 29, 2020

    August 29, 2020
  • August 22, 2020

    August 22, 2020
  • August 15, 2020

    August 15, 2020
  • August 8, 2020

    August 8, 2020
  • August 1, 2020

    August 1, 2020
  • July 25, 2020

    July 25, 2020
  • July 18, 2020

    July 18, 2020
  • July 15, 2020

    July 15, 2020
  • July 11, 2020

    July 11, 2020
  • July 4, 2020

    July 4, 2020
  • June 27, 2020

    June 27, 2020
  • June 20, 2020

    June 20, 2020
  • June 13, 2020

    June 13, 2020
  • June 6, 2020

    June 6, 2020
  • May 30, 2020

    May 30, 2020
  • May 22, 2020

    May 22, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

    For Valerie's birthday

    May 14, 2020
  • May 9, 2020

    May 9, 2020
  • May 2, 2020

    May 2, 2020
  • April 26, 2020

    April 26, 2020
  • April 19, 2020

    April 19, 2020
  • April 12, 2020

    April 12, 2020
  • April 5, 2020

    April 5, 2020
  • March 29, 2020

    March 29, 2020
  • March 22, 2020

    March 22, 2020
  • March 15, 2020

    March 15, 2020
  • March 8, 2020

    March 8, 2020
  • March 1, 2020

    March 1, 2020
  • February 23, 2020

    February 23, 2020
  • February 16, 2020

    February 16, 2020
  • February 9, 2020

    February 9, 2020
  • February 2, 2020

    February 2, 2020
  • January 26, 2020

    January 26, 2020
  • January 19, 2020

    January 19, 2020
  • January 12, 2020

    January 12, 2020
  • January 5, 2020

    January 5, 2020
  • December 29, 2019

    December 29, 2019
  • December 22, 2019

    December 22, 2019
  • December 15, 2019

    December 15, 2019
  • December 8, 2019

    December 8, 2019
  • December 1, 2019

    December 1, 2019
  • November 24, 2019. #52 - a full year!

    November 24, 2019. #52 - a full year!
  • November 17, 2019

    November 17, 2019
  • November 10, 2019

    November 10, 2019
  • November 3, 2019

    November 3, 2019
  • October 27, 2019

    October 27, 2019
  • October 20, 2019

    October 20, 2019
  • October 13, 2019

    October 13, 2019
  • October 6, 2019

    October 6, 2019
  • September 29, 2019

    September 29, 2019
  • September 22, 2019

    September 22, 2019
  • September 15, 2019

    September 15, 2019
  • September 8, 2019

    September 8, 2019
  • September 1, 2019

    September 1, 2019
  • August 24, 2019

    August 24, 2019
  • August 17, 2019

    August 17, 2019
  • August 10, 2019

    August 10, 2019
  • August 3, 2019

    August 3, 2019
  • July 28, 2019

    July 28, 2019
  • July 21, 2019

    July 21, 2019
  • July 14, 2019

    July 14, 2019
  • July 6, 2019

    July 6, 2019
  • June 29, 2019

    June 29, 2019
  • June 22, 2019

    June 22, 2019
  • June 8, 2019

    June 8, 2019
  • June 1, 2019

    June 1, 2019
  • May 25, 2019

    May 25, 2019
  • May 19, 2019

    May 19, 2019
  • May 12, 2019 - For Valerie's Birthday

    May 12, 2019 - For Valerie's Birthday
  • May 5, 2019

    May 5, 2019
  • April 28, 2019

    April 28, 2019
  • April 21, 2019

    April 21, 2019
  • April 14, 2019

    April 14, 2019
  • April 7, 2019

    April 7, 2019
  • March 31, 2019

    March 31, 2019
  • March 24, 2019

    March 24, 2019
  • March 17, 2019

    March 17, 2019
  • March 10, 2019

    March 10, 2019
  • March 3, 2019

    March 3, 2019
  • February 24, 2019

    February 24, 2019
  • February 17, 2019

    February 17, 2019
  • February 10, 2019

    February 10, 2019
  • February 3, 2019

    February 3, 2019
  • January 27, 2019

    January 27, 2019
  • January 19, 2019

    January 19, 2019
  • January 12, 2019

    January 12, 2019
  • January 4, 2019

    January 4, 2019
  • December 30, 2018

    December 30, 2018
  • December 23, 2018

    December 23, 2018
  • December 16, 2018

    December 16, 2018
  • December 8, 2018

    December 8, 2018
  • December 1, 2018

    December 1, 2018
  • November 25, 2018

    November 25, 2018