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January 1, 2019

San Francisco: Architecture

Modern buildings in San Francisco’s Financial District, with the city’s new-largest building, the Salesforce Tower, under construction in March of 2017

Modern cities can be a hodgepodge of old and new buildings. In London, for example, the Leadenhall Market, dating from the 14th Century, sits adjacent to the ultra-modern “High-techLloyd’s Building, completed in 1986. Planned poorly, the combination of styles can be jarring and unattractive. However with well-planned and attractive architecture, the combination of old and new can be striking. (more…)

San Francisco: Streetcars

Painted in Cincinnati’s colors 1057 is a PCC design streetcar. This picture is from January of 2017. The car is currently back in restoration.

In 1982 San Francisco faced a dilemma. The city’s famous cable car system needed a major rebuild. With the cable cars projected to be out of operation for 18 months the city would lose one of its major tourist attractions. San Francisco needed something else to appeal to tourists. (more…)

November 28, 2017

San Francisco: Dogpatch

Abandoned buildings on San Francisco’s waterfront

Dogpatch is a mixed-use neighborhood on the bayside of San Francisco. Its location is cutoff from much of the City by the two main freeway arteries that run north south through the eastern side of San Francisco. The freeways make the neighborhood convenient for those who need to commute down the peninsula. But at the same time, the location makes Dogpatch less convenient to the City’s services and attractions. (more…)

San Francisco: Conservatory of Flowers

A water lily blooms inside the Conservatory of Flowers.

Construction of San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers was completed in 1879. It is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park. The conservatory is worth a visit not just for the collection of rare and exotic plants but also for the building itself. As an added bonus in 2017, when we visited, there was a special exhibition, “Butterflies and Blooms,” featuring an assortment of North American butterflies and moths. (more…)

San Francisco: The Haight and the Grateful Dead House

Haight-Ashbury has become a brand.

A little over fifty years ago, in 1967, it was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. In many ways the Summer of Love represents the peak of the hippie movement. That summer an estimated 100,000 hippies came to the City by the Bay to celebrate peace, love, and all things countercultural. Within the City the epicenter of the movement was Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury District. (more…)

November 21, 2017

San Francisco: Diego Rivera Fresco at the City Club of San Francisco

Details of Rivera’s fresco at the City Club

In 1931,and his new wife, the painter Frida Kahlo, were invited to San Francisco, to produce commissioned work. At the City Club of San Francisco is the first mural Rivera produced in the United States. The fresco depicts the riches of California on what was then the stairway wall and ceiling of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange Luncheon Club. There is irony in the location: A Hispanic artist with leftward political leanings created a mural with socialist themes in San Francisco’s “citadel of capitalism.” (more…)

November 12, 2017

San Francisco: The Interval at Long Now

A close up of a mechanical prototype for a clock meant to last for 10,000 years inside The Interval.

Every now and then we stumble into a curious place with an even more curious back-story. And so it was when we popped into The Interval in San Francisco’s Fort Mason. (more…)

November 11, 2017

San Francisco: Nike Missile Site SF-88

A docent at SF-88 explains the Nike missile launch procedures.

In 2017, on the first Saturday of March, we loaded onto Muni bus 76X at the intersection of Sansome and Sutter in San Francisco’s financial district. After a fifty-minute ride the city bus arrived at the former base, Site SF-88, in the Marin Headlands. SF-88 is one of over 200 former Cold War era anti-ballistic missile sites in the United States. Managed under the auspices of the National Park System, SF-88 is open to visitors on weekends. (more…)

July 21, 2011

National Parks: Redwood

Looking to the sky from the base of the tall coastal redwoods in Redwood National Park (color infrared image)

In the extreme north coastal region of California, near the border with Oregon, are Redwood State and National Parks (RSNP).  This conglomeration (more…)

June 30, 2011

North Coast: Roadside Attractions

Filed under: California, Infrared, Photography, Travel, United States — anotherheader @ 10:21 pm

North Coast roadside attractions

Not long after Redwoods National Park was established in 1968, my family road tripped up the North Coast for a visit.  I don’t recall much in particular (more…)

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