Friday, February 27, 2015

San Francisco: Noteworthy buildings in Nob Hill, the Financial District and the Castro: 27 February 2015

A view from upper Castro Street. The Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest building in San Francisco, and 555 California Street, the second tallest building in San Francisco, are prominent structures visible on the skyline. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
280 Divisadero Street. It is located between Haight Street and Page Street. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
A house on Divisadero Street north of the Panhandle. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
These buildings are located on Pine Street within the Polk Gulch area. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
An apartment building on the northwest corner of the intersection of Pine Street and Powell Street. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
555 California Street, formally known as Bank of America Center, is a 52 story structure, and it is the second tallest building in San Francisco. The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest building. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
The iconic San Francisco Ferry Building. It was designed in 1892 and construction was completed in 1898. What does the number "1915" signify? Click Here to find out. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.



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


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco, from West Portal to Mission Street: 25 February 2015

I started this ramble at the West Portal Muni Metro Station and concluded the ramble at the BART Station located at Mission Street and 24th Street.


The route: 7.7 miles with 780 feet of cumulative elevation gain. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A graph of the elevation changes in this route. Click on the image to see the full-size graph.
A view is looking west towards the Pacific Ocean from Ulloa Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This view is looking east towards San Francisco Bay. Bernal Heights Park is prominently sited in the middle of the image. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view looking east. Oakland and Alameda are visible across the bay as is Mount Diablo, in the distance on the right. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A picture of downtown San Francisco with Berkeley visible across San Francisco Bay. 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

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A ramble from Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park to downtown San Francisco.: 24 February 2015

A little walk from Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park to downtown San Francisco.


The Rustic Stone Bridge over Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park was erected in 1893. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Stow Lake in Golden Gate ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A cutie! Stow LakeClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A burbling creek in Golden Gate Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A produce store at 843 Clement Street in the Richmond District. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The 700 block of Clement Street in the Richmond District. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from Nob Hill at California Street. The view is looking south, down Jones Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The route: 8.2 miles. 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

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nike Missile Launching Sites SF-08L and SF-09L & Nike Radar Acquisition Site SF-09C: 1 February 2015

The majority of this ramble takes place in Wildcat Regional Park. We will pass the site of Nike missile launching sites SF-08L & SF-09L, as we walk north on Nimitz Way. This was the location of a large six-battery surface-to-air missile site; it was built during the Cold War. The SF-08L & SF-09L buildings were removed in the early1970s. The underground missile storage areas were covered with two or three feet of gravel and dirt, but the underground magazines are still there. The earthen berms separating the batteries from the liquid fueling area are still present. Very few people who pass this location have an inkling as to what was once here… and what is still here, buried beneath the dirt and gravel.
We will also view the site of the Nike Radar Acquistion Site  SF-09C, and the former location of Grande Vista Sanitarium, also known as the Belgum Sanitarium.


A map of the route. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 14.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 2,259 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. The ramble started at the North Berkeley BART station and it ended at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station.

A graph that shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble.

THEN: This photograph was taken sometime between 1959 and 1968. Four of the six launching platforms are visible. One of the launching platforms has four Nike Hercules missiles loaded, and in firing position. This missile battery had the ability to launch twenty-four missiles simultaneously. The picture was taken from a plane and the view is looking northeast. 

NOW 

This coyote is roaming through the former location of Nike missile launching site SF-08L & SF-09L. The view is looking east.

THEN: This is an airborne photograph of Nike Missile radar acquisition site SF-09C. This picture was taken sometime between 1959 and 1968. The view is looking northeast.

NOW What once was is no more.

This is a view of the San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area, with beautiful Mount Diablo overlooking the scene.

This is a view from the San Pablo Ridge Trail with Mount Tamalpais in the background.

Another scene of the lovely and serene San Pablo Ridge.


The San Pablo Ridge Trail. San Pedro Mountain which is located in Marin County, is in the background.


Wait, is that San Pablo Ridge Trail... or is it a roller coaster?

The Grande Vista Sanitarium, aka the Belgum Sanitarium was established in what is now known as Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. We will view the site.

The palm trees that were planted at the Grande View Sanitarium many years ago still remain as a reminder of what once was, and is no more. This view is looking southwest.


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

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