Saturday, March 28, 2015

San Francisco, from Golden Gate Park to Downtown: 28 March 2015

It was another lovely, sunny and balmy day in the Bay Area. I must say however, that I would really like to have some significant rainfall before the rainy season ends. 


A map of the route. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 546 feet. Mile markers are shown on the track.
This chart shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble.

You don't see many flying buttresses in the United States. They're common in Europe, especially England, France and Italy, but not in the US. So, it is always pleasant to view the flying buttresses that are an integral part of the architectural design of St. Dominic's ChurchClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Carnegie Library is located at 351 9th Avenue in the Richmond District of San Francisco. It was opened to the public in 1912 and it was updated in 2009.Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Some of the many birds that are currently residing at Stow Lake, in Golden Gate ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Presidio Avenue electric bus maintenance yardClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
No flying buttresses here! This is a detail of the entryway to a duplex located at 2107-09 Pine StreetClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Tadich Grill has been in business since 1849. It is located on California Street in the Financial District. 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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Thursday, March 26, 2015

North Berkeley BART Station to the Orinda BART Station: 26 March 2015

It was a glorious day in the Bay Area. The temperature in Berkeley was in the low 80s, and the sky was clear. Donna joined me on this ramble. We walked through the University of California campus. It is now Spring Break, and there were few people on campus. We then cranked up the Berkeley Hills, and after catching our breath, we dropped down the east side of the Berkeley Hills concluding the ramble at the Orinda BART Station... lovely.




The route of the 26 March ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 9.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,951 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track.



This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble.

The University of California Life Sciences Building was built in 1930.
The east side of the Berkeley Hills.
This healthy cow looked very protective about something. What could it be?
Yes indeed, she was protecting her newborn calf. My guess is that the calf is about a month old.
Two Cal students, both from South Korea, joined us on this ramble.


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

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Caltrain ride from San Francisco to Palo Alto: 14 March 2015

I boarded Caltrain and traveled 30 miles south, from its northern terminus at 4th Street in San Francisco to the Palo Alto Caltrain Station


This is a photograph taken from the San Francisco 4th and King Street Caltrain Station. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled on Caltrain was approximately 30 miles. Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

This picture was taken as the train was traveling south, towards Palo Alto. The Cow Palace, located in Daly City, has had an interesting and eclectic history. In 1956 it was the site of the Republican Party National Convention. The Republicans nominated Dwight David Eisenhower to be President for a second term. In 1964, the Republican Party again held their National Convention at the Cow Palace; at that time they nominated Barry Goldwater to be President. This view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This picture was taken from the train as we were passing through South San Francisco. The hill is San Bruno Mountain and the view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This is the Palo Alto Train Station. Palo Alto, located in San Mateo County, has a population of approximately 66,000 people. Stanford University is adjacent to, and west of Palo Alto. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple, lived in Palo Alto for the last twenty years of his life. His Palo Alto home is located approximately 1.5 miles from this Apple store, which is sited on University Avenue in Palo Alto. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

If you are a serious Bay Area bicyclist, then you have probably heard of Palo Alto Bicycles. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Ah yes, the Stanford Theater. The Stanford Theater first opened its doors to movie-goers in 1925. In 1987 David Woodley Packard, the son of David Packard a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, purchased the theater and restored it to its original grandeur. This is a great theater in which to view high-quality versions of movies made between the 1930s and the 1970s. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

This is one of many humorous murals painted by the late Greg Brown throughout the downtown area of Palo AltoMr. Brown started this project in the late 1970s, and most of his murals still remain. Go Here to see more of his amusing work. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A train traveling to San Francisco is entering the Palo Alto StationThis view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

One of the nicest walks in San Francisco is from the Caltrain Station along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building. This is a view of the western span of the Bay Bridge as seen from the Embarcadero, the view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

There are a significant number of residential and commercial high-rise buildings under construction in the Rincon Hill area of San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants Baseball Stadium which was constructed in the SoMa area of San Francisco became operational in 2000. Since that time there has been an exceptional amount of construction in the area. This view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Cupid's Span was installed along the Embarcadero in 2002. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This picture was taken from the Ferry Building. The streetcars are lined up, ready to transport passengers along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf. There are six streetcars visible in this picture; included are Streetcar #1010Streetcar #1052 and Streetcar #1053. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Streetcar #1011 is now traveling to Fisherman's Wharf. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Although the cable car number is not visible in this picture, this is cable car #56. It was built in 1913 by Cal Cable. It is now loaded with passengers, and it will shortly travel up California Street. 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.

Sony RX-100 camera was used to take these photographs.


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

San Francisco's Mission District and Potrero Hill: 7 March 2015

I took BART to the Mission and 24th Street station and entered the heart of the Mission District. I first walked west, to Noe Valley, and had a cup of java at La Boulange de Noe. Suitably energized, I walked east, through The Mission to Potrero Hill. After visiting Potrero Hill, I headed to the intersection of Dolores Street and Market Street where I boarded the old F-Line streetcar #1052, and took it inbound, getting off at Montgomery Street, at which point I  boarded a BART train for Berkeley. 
The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 6.5 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 709 feet. Mile markers are on the track. Click the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. Click the image to see the full-size chart.
A lovely duplex located on Guerrero Street in the Mission. The cross street is 24th Street. Click the picture to see the full-size photo.
The Mission has many paintings on buildings, fences; actually, any surface can be used as a place to paint! These examples are on 25th Street between Mission Street and Osage Street. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
A building located on the northwest corner of the intersection of 25th Street and Bryant Street. Click the image to see the full-size picture.
A basketball game played on a court located within the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. Click the picture to see the full-size photo.
This view is looking northeast. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge is visible. A new span was recently built and opened for traffic. The old span is being disassembled, removed and recycled. The Berkeley Hills are in the background. This picture was taken on the grounds of the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
This view is looking northwest. Mount Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands, and both towers of the Golden Gate Bridge are visible in the distance. The photo was taken from the Potrero Hill Community GardenClick the image to see the full-size picture.
This view is looking west. 20th Street is straight ahead. Eureka Valley, The Castro, Noe Valley, The Mission, Twin Peaks, Mount Sutro and Sutro Tower are just some of the locations visible in this photograph. The photo was taken from the Potrero Hill Community Garden. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
A picture of San Francisco General Hospital. It is the primary public hospital in San Francisco; it is on Potrero Avenue. The photo was taken from the Potrero Hill Community Garden. Click the image to see the full-size picture.
Walking on a pedestrian walkway which crosses the 101 Freeway. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
As I was walking west on 18th Street, I noticed that Bryant Street was closed to traffic. I asked the man who was directing the traffic what was happening. He told me that a new bus was in the process of being offloaded from a tractor trailer. I decided to have a closer look. 
I spoke with the person supervising the work; he told me that this bus, # 7201, was built in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it is the first of sixty-six new buses scheduled for delivery to San Francisco's Municipal Transit System over the next nine months. The Municipal Transit System will test this vehicle on the street of San Francisco over the next month or so, and if it demonstrates satisfactory service, San Francisco Muni will approve the order to deliver sixty-five additional bus. I asked the supervisor how much each bus would cost San Francisco... One million, one hundred thousand dollars for each bus. As you may be able to tell, this bus is electrically powered. Interestingly, San Francisco has many public transit vehicles that are powered by electricity. One of the main reasons, if not the main reason, is that San Francisco has its self-owned electric generating system. Click this link to find out more about San Francisco's hydroelectric power systemClick the image to see the full-size photo.
The original Mission Delores Church. It is an adobe structure; construction completed in 1791. It is the oldest standing building in San Francisco. Click 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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Sunday, March 1, 2015

San Francisco, Part 1-The Mission District: 1 March 2015

I went to San Francisco to explore the Mission District, the Noe Valley District, and the Castro District. I finished the ramble by walking down Market Street to the Ferry Building.  

My first destination was Mission San Francisco de Asís Church, or Mission Dolores Catholic Church, as it is commonly known. I was particularly interested in viewing the small cemetery adjacent to the church. The cemetery, which is on the south side of the church, dates back to the late 1700s. It has been reduced in size; the former cemetery grounds are now covered by a paved playground behind Mission Dolores School. The cemetery is one of the few remaining cemeteries in San Francisco.

I also walked through the Castro District. From the Castro, I walked the 3 or 4 miles down Market Street and finished the ramble at the Ferry Building. 

I have divided the number of photographs from the ramble into three photo galleries.

  Part One of Three
The route of my 1 March ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 8.8 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 652 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track.


This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble.
The Woman's Building is located on 18th Street in the Mission District. The cross street is Lapidge Street.
A view of the Woman's Building as seen from Lapidge Street.
The Clarion Alley Mural Project as seen from Valencia Street.
Mission Dolores Church is located on Dolores Street at 16th Street. The church was founded in 1776.
Mission Dolores Cemetery. Many of the headstones are difficult to read because of their age. Some, however, are readable. Below are some headstones that are not only readable, but that are also poignant and evocative.
Don Francisco de Haro First Alcalde of San Francisco 1835. Died 1849.
In Memoriam Catherine Stewart, Born in Ayrshire Scotland. Died Dec. 7th 1878. Aged 65 Years. A long illness born with a resignation to the Divine will.
Sacred to the Memory of Charles Henry O'Niell who departed this life Nov 6, 1859. Aged 7 years 3 months & 21 days. The last sad gift which a Mothers love can bestow upon his mortal remains. Calmly sleeping here.
In Memory of James Gallager a native of Donegal, Ireland. Born Feb 1, 1798. Died March 28, 1876. Aged 78 years 28 days.
Sacred to the memory of Edward Oates, Native of Ireland. Died March 1, 1860. Aged 43 years. Also, his wife Mary, a native of Ireland died Dec 26, 1883, aged 63 years. May their souls rest in peace. Erected by their loving daughter Annie Barlow. Died April 16, 1886, Aged 33 years.
Erected by William Atkinson in memory of his affectionate wife Bridget who died June 28, 1853, Aged 33 years. A native of the County Longford, Ireland. Also his son John, who died November 15, 1851, aged 9 years. May they rest in Peace. Amen.
Here rest the remains of Francisca Granados who was born in Sonora, Mexico. She died on 28 July 1858. She was 33 years old.
Sacred to the memory of Mary, wife of John McNamara. Died Oct 11, 1856. Aged 28 years 10 months. Also, Margaret Hannah daughter of J M McNamara, died Sep 1, 1867, Aged 11 years 10 months. John McNamara died Nov 1, 1871, aged 51 years. Native of County Tipperary. Ireland.
In the cemetery.
A view of downtown San Francisco as seen from Mission Dolores Park.
 A view of a portion of the lovely Helen Diller Playground. The playground, in Mission Dolores Park, opened in April 2012.
Another view of the playground. The Berkeley Hills can be seen in the background, across San Francisco Bay.

A view of Potrero Hill as seen from Sanchez Street in the Upper Mission District.


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

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