Last weekend, I visited my friend at her stilt house in Marin County. It was overcast, but still beautiful, and there was lots of wildlife on the water.
I'm fascinated by all the communities of people living in houseboats or stilt houses, on various shores here in Northern California — there seem to be a lot of them (several weeks ago, we went to a party on a Sausalito houseboat, which was very cool — the houseboat was floating right in the San Francisco Bay). In contrast, my Marin friend's home is in a community perched atop a pretty marshland, and facing out onto a river-like finger of San Rafael Bay (no, that's not it in the picture below).
You walk down a long wooden boardwalk to get to her home. There are several blocks worth of boardwalk, and each home has its own mini boardwalk. As with the Sausalito houseboats, and each home has a different architectural style, and they are in varying states of repair. There are several geodesic dome type structures and A-frames. My friend's place was originally a small home in San Francisco, built at the turn-of-the-century.
A neighbor fed the geese and ducks.
The birds were unafraid.