Saturday, May 19, 2018

A foggy San Francisco, plus Tilden Regional Park & Vollmer Peak: May, 2018

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A view looking north from the summit of Tank Hill. Ahead is St. Ignatius Church and the campus of the University of San Francisco.

This scene is looking east from Corona Heights Park. Potrero Hill is ahead, as is the Mission District of San Francisco.


A photo of the Interior Greenbelt of Mount Sutro Open Space ReserveThis picture was taken from Tank Hill, and the view is looking west.


This is a view looking down the north side of Tank Hill. The intersection of Belvedere Street and Carmel Street is hidden behind the tree growth.


This scene is looking east from Corona Heights Park.


This photo was taken from Tank Hill. Ahead is Kite Hill, and upper Market Street. The view is looking south.

A view from Tank Hill looking northeast. Frontward from left to right are Mount Olympus, Buena Vista Park, and Corona Heights Park.

A view looking north from Tank Hill. Ahead is the eastern portion of Golden Gate Park, and also the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. The hilly area in the distance is the site of the Presidio of San Francisco, a military post that has served under three flags: Spain, Mexico, and the United States. 


This is the same view from Tank Hill as seen in the photo just above. This image was taken when the area was under a dense fog cover.


Here is a three-image panoramic photo of San Francisco looking northeast. The picture was taken from Corona Heights Park.

This recently constructed building is located in Berkeley. It was erected by the University of California, Berkeley to be the new home for the Department of Psychology

This is the principal entrance to the new building.


This is a scene of Berkeley looking southeast. The photo was taken from Albany Hill.

This is a view looking south from the summit of Vollmer Peak 1,905 feet (581 meters). Vollmer Peak is the highest point in the Berkeley Hills. The peak was known as Bald Peak until the late 1950s; the name was changed in honor of August Vollmer (1876–1955), the first police chief of Berkeley. 
Unexpected changes took place on Vollmer Peak in the 1950s and 1960s due to the Cold War
In 1954 the summit became the site of a US Army 90mm anti-aircraft gun battery. Battery A of the 728th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion was positioned on Vollmer Peak. Soldiers of the California Army National Guard manned the anti-aircraft gun site.
In the late 1950s, the anti-aircraft guns were replaced, and Vollmer Peak became the location of a Nike missile radar data acquisition installation known as SF-08C. There were approximately 265 Nike missile sites at strategic locations throughout the US


This is a view looking east from the summit of Vollmer Peak; Mount Diablo is visible in the distance. I believe that the windowless concrete building seen in this picture was the location of the SF-08C Nike missile radar data acquisition siteThere were six radar antennas positioned around the summit of Vollmer Peak. The radar antennas were scanning the sky and recording the locations of planes that were traveling towards the San Francisco Bay Area. The planes had to identify themselves, if not they would be closely monitored. The radar data was transmitted from this building via a wireless microwave transmission system to a missile launching site located approximately four miles north of Vollmer Peak.
The SF-08L & SF-09L Nike missile launching site contained two batteries, each battery had twelve missile launching positions. Twenty-four Nike surface-to-air missiles could be launched simultaneously from the launching site. The missiles were designed to stop enemy aircraft from entering United States airspace.


Here is a scene of Briones Reservoir. The view is looking northeast.


This is a picture of Mount Diablo, 3,849 feet (1,173 meters). The view is looking east.


A view looking north, San Pablo Reservoir is ahead.


Mount Tamalpais  2,571 feet (784 meters), is visible across San Francisco Bay. The former site of the Richmond Kaiser Shipyard, a World War II Liberty ship & Victory ship construction facility is also visible. The Richmond shipyard, with the explicit approval of President Roosevelt, started its operation in December 1940, by constructing cargo ships for the British people during the early period of their war with Nazi Germany. At that time, German U-boats were destroying many British cargo ships. 
There were eventually four Kaiser shipyards in Richmond; the shipyards were operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the duration of World War II. The shipyards employed approximately 90,000 workers during peak production periods, and the workers, many of whom were women, rapidly built 747 vessels during the war. 
The Richmond Kaiser Shipyards built more ships during World War II than any other shipyard. The shipyards ceased operation after the Japanese government unconditionally surrendered on 2 September 1945. This view is looking west.


A view looking north from Tilden Regional Park. The Seaview Trail is visible along the ridgetop.


A vista of the east side of Grizzly Peak, 1,758 feet ( 536 meters). 


This is an Echeveria 'Mauna Loa' succulent plant; it is native to Mexico.


"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lang 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt


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 photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

San Francisco – Tank Hill, Buena Vista Park, Mount Olympus, Corona Heights Park & Glen Canyon Park: April 2018

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This is a view from Mount Olympus looking west. Tank Hill is the treeless hill visible on the left, and Mount Sutro is the treed hill on the right.


Here is a view of the north side of the summit of Mount Olympus. 
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This view is looking southeast from the summit of Mount Olympus.


This is a view from Corona Heights Park. The treed area on the left is Buena Vista Park. The pale pink building ahead is the second iteration of St. Joseph's Hospital. The hospital was founded by the Catholic Church at this location in 1899. This building opened in 1928. It accepted patients regardless of religion or nationality and was known as the working man's hospital. The hospital permanently closed in 1979 due to a decrease in the number of patients, and the concern about the vulnerability of the building in case of a massive earthquake. The building has since been structurally strengthened, and it is now a residential condominium community known as Park Hills Condominiums. This view is looking north.

Here is a view looking north from the summit of Buena Vista Park. The Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais are visible in the distance.

This is a view of Corona Heights Park as seen from Park Hills Avenue. The picture is looking south.


A scene from near the summit of Corona Heights Park. The view is looking northeast.


This is a view looking west from Corona Heights Park. A portion of Twin Peaks is visible on the left, and Mount Sutro can be seen on the right.


This is another view from near the summit of Corona Heights Park. This view is looking east.


This was the site of a brickmaking factory when Corona Heights Park was known as Rocky Hill. The factory was established in 1899. The factory buildings were destroyed during the 1906 earthquake; the factory was promptly rebuilt.

 
This is a view from Corona Heights Park looking south.

This picture of Corona Heights Park was photographed from the intersection of Eureka Street and 19th Street; the view is looking north.

In 1848 gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. People quickly traveled to California with expectations of finding gold. Men initially used picks and axes to remove gold from the land. In 1867 Alfred Nobel invented the blasting explosive known as dynamite, which became the widely used method to separate gold from the earth. 
On 19 March 1868, Alfred Nobel personally licensed the Giant Powder Company of San Francisco to produce and distribute dynamite to the companies and individuals who were searching for gold in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The gold diggings were approximately 150 miles east of San Francisco. The Giant Powder Company built the first dynamite factory in San Francisco's Glen Canyon. Less than two years after Giant Powder Company began production of dynamite, a massive explosion destroyed the factory and killed two men and injured nine people working in the factory. 
The Giant Powder Company manufacturing facility was moved to Fleming Point near Berkeley in 1879. In January 1883  there was a massive explosion at the Fleming Point factory. 37 Chinese workers, in addition to the assistant superintendent, were killed in the explosions. 
This is how the New York Times reported the 1883 explosions
"There was a terrific explosion this morning at the works of the Giant Powder Company in West Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco. Seven distinct shocks were felt, and 300 tons of giant powder brought death and destruction to the immediate neighborhood and caused great damage to Oakland and San Francisco. People for some moments, in both cities, were panic-stricken." 
The factory buildings were rebuilt, and production continued at Fleming Point for approximately a decade before yet another explosion occurred at the Fleming Point site on 9 July 1892. The general foreman later claimed that the explosion involved more than one million pounds of explosives. This is how the New York Times reported the 9 July 1892 explosion:
"Immediately after the explosion, the town of West Berkeley from a distance resembled the site of an actual volcano. Dozens of private houses in the vicinity were partially destroyed and all along the road from Oakland to West Berkeley Station were damaged buildings." 
Five men were killed, and more than a dozen people were injured. Giant Powder Company then moved to Point Pinole, an isolated area located north of Berkeley. In 1960 the Giant Powder Company ceased manufacturing dynamite.


This is a late 19th Century advertisement from the Giant Powder Company.


This was the site of the original Giant Powder Company dynamite manufacturing factory. It is now a playground located in the lower area of Glen Canyon Park. The recreation center building seen in the photo was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937.

This is a view from Glen Canyon Park looking north.

Here is a view looking south.

This is a view from Glen Canyon Park looking west. Ahead is Mount Davidson928 feet (283 meters), the highest point in San Francisco.


Here is a view looking north from the top of Glen Canyon. Sutro Tower is seen ahead. 


This is a scene from a playground located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of San Francisco.


Here is a view looking southwest from the Sunnyside neighborhood of San Francisco.


This is a view of San Bruno MountainThe location is Yerba Buena Avenue. 


This photo was taken on the grounds of San Francisco State University. This library building is the current home of the Adolph Sutro library.


The next three photographs are of houses located in the St Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco.


St Francis Wood.


St Francis Wood.


This is a flowering Leucospermum Pincushion plant; it is native to southern Africa.


"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lang 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt


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 photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Photographs taken in Albany and San Francisco: April 2018

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This is a view of the Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve at low tide. This protected area consists of approximately 160 acres of tidal mudflats in the city of Albany. The photograph was taken from the Albany Bulband Albany Hill is visible. The view is looking east. 

This is a view looking west from Albany Beach.  The north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge is detectable, and the Albany Bulb is visible on the right side of the photo.

 Berkeley can be seen ahead. This is a view from the east side of Albany Hill. 

Here is another view from Albany Beach. San Francisco is discernible in the distance.

This is a view looking northeast from Twin Peaks Boulevard in San Francisco.

This photo was taken from Mount Davidson. At 928 feet (283 meters), Mount Davidson is the highest point in San Francisco. Twin Peaks is visible on the left side of the picture.

This is a view of Eureka Peak, 904 feet (276 meters), which is the northern summit of Twin Peaks. This photo was taken from the top of Noe Peak, 910 feet (277 meters), which is the southern summit of Twin Peaks.

This is a view of Eureka Peak looking north from the recently reconfigured roadway.

This is a view of Eureka Peak looking south.

Traveling up to Twin Peaks.


This is a view of Noe Peak looking south.

This is a view from the summit of Noe Peak. Mount Davidson is visible on the left; the Pacific Ocean is ahead. The picture is looking southwest.

San Bruno Mountain is located in San Mateo County. This is a view looking south from Mount Davidson.


Here is another photo that was taken from Mount Davidson. From left to right are Mount Sutro, 909 feet (277 meters), Sutro Tower, and Twin Peaks. The view is looking north.

This is a view from Mount Davidson looking east. Glen Canyon Park can be seen.


This is a view of cable car #13. It is traveling outbound on the Powell & Hyde Street cable car route. The cable car is seen turning west onto Jackson Street from Powell Street. Partially visible on the left side of this photograph is the San Francisco Chinatown branch library. This library branch opened in 1921, and it was the sixth of eight San Francisco library buildings whose construction costs of approximately $750,000 were financed by Andrew CarnegieThank you, Andrew Carnegie!


St Francis Wood is an affluent community located in the southwestern area of San Francisco.


Here is a view of Chinatown looking north up Grant Avenue.


This is a view from the summit of Russian Hill.


The Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge are ahead. This photograph was taken from the Marina Green, and the view is looking north.

This is a view of downtown San Francisco as seen from Pier 14.


Here is another view from Pier 14. Construction is proceeding with the installation of three additional ferry piers which will be contiguous with the San Francisco Ferry BuildingThe clock tower on the right side of this photograph is the location of the Ferry Building.


People are fishing from Pier 14. The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is ahead, and Yerba Buena Island is visible.


This is the facade of the original San Francisco YMCA Hotel. The YMCA Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco. Registry #86000148. The building was constructed as a 400-room hotel in 1928. It was demolished approximately thirty years ago, except for the facade as seen above. A 131-room hotel was erected in 1991 on the site of the 1928 structure. The locale is now known as the Harbor Court Hotel.


Here is a view of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. The photograph was taken from the intersection of Green Street and Jones Street, and the view is looking north.




"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lang 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt


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 photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

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