There are always a few left-over pictures that don't seem to fit in with any article.. I'll throw in a Batch of San Francisco images here. these are shot in all sections of the city, and are not displayed in any particular order.
We'll start with this shot taken by the tennis courts at Alta Plaza Park. I've always found that tall apartment building intriguing... it almost seems like a non-sequeter. But I'll bet the rents are as high as the views are incredible. A storm front had just passed and I was taking a liking to the bubbly clouds....Read more
Though San Francisco is the place to be, it was no more the place for me. It was the end of February. Time was up for my place in Pacific Heights and I wanted to get a little more distance between myself & the house remodel. My solution was to move to Fort Bragg for the remainder of the house thing. "But why, then, did you drive to Nevada?" You sagely ask. It's simple. Since we were selling the house, I needed a new mailing address. Since my intent, after the house sale is to take a drive and land someplace that isn't California. All I really needed was a Mail Forwarding Service. Nevade means I would get to drive around with non-California plates. And, even though I will be oficially homeless, the mailing address would give me residency n the State of Nevade and they have no income tax! Heck corporations do it all the time!
The agenda was: from San Francisco run up to the storage unit in Willows. From Willows pop over to Fallon NV spend a day or so there getting the PO box License & such. Finally, from Fallon buzz over to Fort Bragg. I love making plans like this. They are so simple, purposeful & solid. And so easy to break....Read more
The fog rolls in.. It's late on a late spring night. Nothing on TV. There never is. Grab the camera & tripod... it's time to take a walk.
You don't have to walk too far for things to look different. The street right outside your door presents a new world. Sound is muted. Light hangs in the air. Diffused by the tiny droplets it seems to be weighted down by gravity. You can almost see the arc as it is pulled to Earth....Read more
There is an area of California known as the Lost Coast. Somewhere north of Fort Bragg, south of Ferndale and west of highway 101. There are a few ways to get there but fewer people who will tell you how. Some places you can drive to, much of it is accessable only by foot if at all. It is one of the remaining places that Sasquatch can run free. I found one of the routes in, a little side road that almost looked like someone's poorly maintained driveway.
If you are lucky, you will find the road.If you are lucky, it will be sunny & clear with view that reach to forever. If you are lucky it will be drizzling & overcast with dramatic skies and moody, fog-shrouded forests. With 100 - 200 inches of rain per year, you have a good chance of it being one way or the other....Read more
We all do it, some folks more than others. Perhaps your practice is utilitarian, maybe you are just following a whim, whaterver your purpose San Francisco is a great town to do it in. Even with all the hills, in fact the hills might make it better. I have heard it said that San Franciscans have such fine posteriors because of all the hills. Yes, I am talking about walking and in this installment of San Francisco Skylines I'll hit a few locations that are all walking distance from each other....Read more
If you listen carefully you can hear it.... Humphrey Bogart in his best film-noir voice-over....
"They call her San Francisco... City by the Bay. She's taken many hearts... Poor saps, they think they left left'm, but they were stolen, every one."
Whether you are wandering around with flowers in your hair or down sitting on the dock of the bay one thing that San Francisco always seems to have at hand is a nice skyline. Let's explore a few of them....Read more
It is all around us and it is relentless. Right now it is working at destroying our homes and cities. While we sleep at night it is tirelessly toiling away. Overcoming everything we know. Everything we have made. Everything we will ever do. There is no escape... we are in a symbiotic relationship with it. We love it deeply and without it we will die. Yet in the long run, our species will be gone and it will overrun this world until all life is gone and there is nothing left but a burnt ember orbiting the Sun.
You have been a witness to the battle so long, you don't even recognize it anymore. A weed growing through a crack in the sidewalk. The moss on a fence post. The Spider hiding away in a corner of the bookshelf. Chaos... Nature... Uncontrolled life....Read more
When you think of San Francisco do you think about my favorite Bread Bakery (The Mill on Divisidero) that makes the most awseome loaves to be found in Northern California? No? OK how about architecture? Oh now I see your eyes light up. Gingerbread houses whose 4-color paint jobs cost more than an entire house in Kansas. Yes, yes, yes.... But you know what they say: "Seen one Victorian house, seen 'em all..." But that's not true, the Victorians of San Francisco are not the "Little Boxes" of Daily City fame....Read more
I like San Francisco. I always have. For my first job I was a driver for a water lab. Every morning I had to drive from Redwood City to Marin (through San Francisco, of course). I had all morning to do the drive plus my lunch hour. I would often spend my lunch hour picking a new route through the city. Way too much fun to be paid for, but i took the money anyway. Now I had the opportunity to spend all day every day in the city.
Here I am. I have a smart phone that has a 12mp camera. Why do I need a camera like that? I have an aversion to selfies and some pretty nice real cameras. So I really didn't know why I got one but it's good to get caught up with phone technology now and then...Read more
The blue jay is acting a bit self-conscious. Pin feathers coming in make him look quite awkward and so he compensates by acting with more bravado and investigating things more fiercely. If I leave the back door open he will hop right up to the threshold and survey the inside of the house...Read more
One of the nice things about July is that the ginger plant blooms. This is probably the last year I get to see this one do it. It's growing by the front door & some of the stalks reach 8-feet in height. This year there are about 16 stalks.
A ginger plant like this is a truly wonderful thing. I tend to cut all of the stalks down to the base in November when they are looking a little reedy. So during the winter the root looks kind of like a nasty scar. People who are unaware of what a wonderful thing emerges from the homely mess will give me a questioning look like "why do you have something like that by your front door?"...Read more