The big shrub/tree thingy on the eastern slope of Bernal Heights Park is one of the most impressive — if underrated — features on the hill. The consensus among our local plantspotters is that it’s a California Buckeye (Aesculus californica).
The Buckeye cuts a dramatic profile from almost any angle, but if you look at it closely you might notice two small grave markers tucked away under the branches on the downtown-facing side. How creepy! How gothic!
So who’s buried under there? The answer becomes clear if you dare approach for a closer look: The grave markers belong to departed subcultural pets.
One of the tombstones remembers a punk rock rabbit named Vikktor who died earlier this year:
The other is a snake named Spike that began its eternal rest in 2010:
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