Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bernal Heights Hill and the Mission District, San Francisco: 25 January 2017

Bernal Heights Hill and the Mission District are contiguous and are located in the eastern area of San Francisco; near San Francisco Bay. This little ramble started on 16th Street in the Mission District and traveled south on Alabama Street, past Precita Park, to Bernal Heights Hill. After a short cruise around the hill, I descended to the Bernal Heights neighborhood. The ramble ended in the Mission District at 24th Street.



A view from the north side of Bernal Heights Hill. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This photo was taken from Sanchez Street on 20 March 2017. Bernal Heights Hill is straight ahead. The Mission District is to the left of the hill. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This is the original Mission Police Station; it was built in 1902 and is located at 3057 17th Street. The building ceased being used as a police station in 1950, at which time the San Francisco police department relocated the Mission Police Station to a larger facility at 1240 Valencia Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The northwest corner of 24th Street and Alabama Street in the Mission District. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Bernal Heights Hill is straight ahead; the view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This photo, taken from Bernal Heights Hill, is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This view from Bernal Heights Hill is looking east. Oakland is visible across San Francisco Bay. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This view from Bernal Heights Hill is looking west. Diamond Heights Hill and Mount Davidson are visible, as is Billy Goat Hill which is straight ahead at the terminus of 30th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Precita Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

An aerial view of Bernal Heights Hill looking east. I do not know the name of the person who took this picture, unfortunately. Please email me if you know his or her name. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled was approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 746 feet (227 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click the image to see the full-size chart.


“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane, Golden Gate Park: Then & Now, 28 Sept 1975 and 18 February 2017

I read an article recently published by SFGate. The story contained 65 archival photographs of Golden Gate Park. One photo, in particular, caught my eye. It was photograph #32, a picture of the Grateful Dead at an outdoor concert in 1975. The information about the image stated that the show took place at Lindley Meadow. I decided to go to Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park and identify the location of the concert stage, based on the topographical data shown in the photo. It took me a little while to conclusively determine where the concert took place on that cold, blustery Sunday forty-one years ago. Most members of both bands are still alive; however, some musicians have died, and the bands are no longer active.

This was a free concert by the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane. An estimated 40-50,000 people gathered at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park on 28 September 1975. This was also the Grateful Dead’s first public performance in nearly a year.

The weather was chilly and overcast, but the weather did not dampen enthusiasm as the 
Jefferson Airplane mounted the stage to a standing hometown ovation, and for the next two hours played their old favorites. "Don't anyone go away!" Paul Kantner shouted over the applause, "The Grateful Dead are coming on!"

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh was the first to plug in and face the audience. The crowd roared its approval. Elsewhere onstage, pianist Keith Godchaux breathed into his cupped hands to keep them warm, while his vocalist wife Donna smiled with the anticipation of singing some of the newer Dead songs. Behind them, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were warming up. Then a leather-jacketed Jerry Garcia stepped forward and sent out a trademark guitar riff, marking the start of a great two-hour concert.



 The Grateful Dead on stage at Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 28 September 1975. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.





Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Golden Gate Park, 28 September 1975. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

 A scene of Golden Gate Park. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Latitude and longitude coordinates (37.7692, -122.4862) are shown on this Google Earth map. They indicate the approximate location of the concert stage sited on Lindley Meadow. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

 THEN  The Grateful Dead on stage in 1975. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.



  THEN  Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane on stage in 1975. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.


 NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

 THEN  The Grateful Dead on stage in 1975. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  The approximate location of the concert stage. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.



“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Sunday, February 12, 2017

San Francisco Then & Now – The Old Mint: 12 February 2017

The San Francisco Mint was opened in 1854 to manufacture gold coins from gold bullion produced during the California Gold Rush. The mint soon needed a bigger building to process and store the large quantities of gold bullion it was receiving. In 1869 the mint moved to a larger building located at 88 5th Street at Mission Street. That building is now known as the Old Mint, and it is one of the few buildings that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The damage caused to San Francisco by the 18 April 1906 earthquake pales in comparison to the devastation caused by the fifty-two fires that burned through the city for more than three days. There were 3,000 to 4,000 people killed, and 28,000 buildings were destroyed, most by fire. 

The Old Mint was designed by Alfred B. MullettHe planned a building which was built around an enclosed central courtyard that contained a water well, a feature that helped save the building during the fires of April 1906. The building was constructed on a concrete base, the objective of which was to thwart tunneling into the mint's vaults. At the time of the 1906 fire the mint held $300 million dollars in gold, a third of the United States’ gold reserves. Heroic efforts by the employees of the mint saved the building and the gold bullion stored in its vaults. The mint resumed operation soon thereafter. The Old Mint continued to function until 1937 when the currently operating mint was opened on Hermann Street in San Francisco. 



    The Old Mint THEN: 1885. Note the horse-drawn streetcar. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

    The Old Mint NOW: 12 February 2017Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

 The Old Mint THEN: 18 April 1906. The view is looking southeast

 The Old Mint NOW: 12 February 2017Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Old Mint sits forlorn amidst total devastation, after it survived both the earthquake and fire. This picture was taken soon after the 18 April 1906 earthquake and fire. The camera was attached to a kite; the view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

San Francisco Then & Now – The N-Judah light-rail line: 11 February 2017

The N-Judah Muni Metro light-rail line runs along Judah Street in the Sunset District for much of its length; it is named after railroad engineer Theodore Judah. The N-Judah line connects downtown San Francisco to the Cole Valley and Sunset neighborhoods. The line ends at the Pacific Ocean. It is the busiest light-rail line in the Muni Metro system; it served an average of 41,439-weekday passengers in 2013. The N-Judah line is also the only Muni Metro light-rail line that passes through the Sunset Tunnel. The N-Judah line began operation as a streetcar line in 1928 and was converted to a light-rail transportation system with the opening of the Muni Metro system in 1980.


The below photos were taken in the Inner Sunset neighborhood

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1978. This streetcar is heading west on Irving Street. It is about to turn south onto 9th Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car N-Judah light-rail vehicle is about to leave Irving Street and travel south on 9th Avenue for just one block. After which, the N-Judah light-rail turns west, onto Judah Street, and travels to the end of the line at Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.  Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1978. This streetcar is heading south on 9th Avenue. Golden Gate Park is visible in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car light-rail vehicle is heading south on 9th Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line THEN: 1975. This streetcar headed south on 9th Avenue for one block before it is about to turn west onto Judah Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The N-Judah Line NOW: 11 February 2017. This two car light-rail vehicle is heading south on 9th Avenue just before it is about to turn west onto Judah Street and continue to Ocean Beach, the end of the line. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled was approximately 5.8 miles (9.3 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 374 feet (114 meters), the cumulative elevation descent was 581 feet (177 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rainy day photos of Berkeley, California: 8 & 9 February 2017


Rain, beautiful rain... A house on Josephine Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 Monterey Market is located on Hopkins Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The North Berkeley Branch of the Berkeley Public Library is located on The Alameda. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 Cedar Grocery Market is located on Cedar Street at California Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 The Berkeley Cheese Board Pizza Collective is located on Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The bread and pastry area of the Berkeley Cheeseboard Collective in North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 The Hopkins Street shopping area, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The original Peet’s Coffee Shop is located at the corner of Vine Street and Walnut Street, North Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 Berkeley Natural Grocery is located on Gilman Street in the Westbrae area of Berkeley. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

An Olympus TG-4 camera was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

Saturday, January 28, 2017

San Francisco's Mission District: 28 January 2017

The 18 April 1906 San Francisco earthquake occurred at 5:12 a.m. Because of the violent and prolonged shaking, which lasted approximately 42 seconds, the earthquake produced significant damage to a large number of buildings. It was also the cause of approximately 52 out-of-control fires that burned unabated for approximately three days. The many fires slowly worked their individual ways through a large area of San Francisco. Three to four thousand people died due to the multiple fires and earthquake.


THEN  This picture was taken from Mission Delores Park on 19 April 1906, the day after the earthquake. The view is looking northeast. On the left is Mission High School, which first opened its doors to students in 1896. The school survived the earthquake and fire of 1906, but sadly, it was destroyed by fire in 1922. The high school was rebuilt, and the new campus reopened in 1927. 
All of the houses visible in this picture were, by the end of the day, consumed by flames. The boy at the bottom left of the photo appears distraught. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

NOW  This is a current view of the 19 April 1906 photograph. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This apartment building is located at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Valencia Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Here is another apartment building. It is located at the northeast corner of 16th Street and Julian Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is a J Church Muni Metro streetcar heading towards Noe Valley. It is traveling on tracks which are contiguous with the western side of Mission Delores Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Mission National Bank is located at 3060 16th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A banda excelente is playing some rocking Mexican music, directly above the underground BART 24th Street Mission train station. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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The Guerrero Hill Market is located on northeast corner of Guerrero Street and 22nd Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

Question or a comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com