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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

San Francisco – from the Ferry Building through the Presidio and finishing in the Richmond District: 3 April 2018

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San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar #1 was built in San Francisco in 1912. Streetcar #1 was initially used on the "A-Geary" line, which ran from Kearny Street to Golden Gate Park via Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue. In 2009 the streetcar was restored by Brookville Equipment Company of Pennsylvania. After it arrived back in San Francisco in 2010, it was put into limited service for special occasions and private tours of the city. Streetcar #1 has been assigned to regular E-Embarcadeo line service commencing on 3 April 2018.


A view of the interior of San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar #1.


This is a view of Telegraph Hill looking southwest from the Embarcadero. If you look closely at Telegraph Hill, you can see the scar from a no longer active 100-year-old rock quarry. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were a number of quarry operators who were demolishing portions of Telegraph Hill. San Francisco was a rapidly growing city, and quarry rocks were needed for the construction of streets, city infrastructure, and buildings. Starting in the 1890s and continuing into the early 1920s, the Gray Brothers operated a rock quarry on Telegraph Hill.


The Maritime Museum was built in 1939 as the Aquatic Park Bathhouse. The construction was a joint project of the Federal Works Progress Administration and the City of San Francisco.The maritime museum was closed from 2006 to 2009 for major repairs. The Maritime Museum reopened in 2010.


This is a remnant of the Pier 43 Ferry Arch. This was a rail pier constructed in 1889. Rail barges would come to this pier from Richmond, Oakland and Marin County. It was part of the San Francisco Belt Railroad which ran along the Embarcadero. The SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a WWII Liberty Ship is framed within the ferry arch.


Here is an innocuous looking building sitting on a forgettable pier. The pier is located between Aquatic Park and Fort Mason. The pier was known as Transport Wharf No. 4; it was the location from which federal authorities transported prisoners to Alcatraz Island. Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and other notorious prisoners were whisked from this wharf to Alcatraz Federal Peniteniary.


Here is a view of Transport Wharf No. 4 with Alcatraz Island visible in the distance.


This is the east portal of the abandoned Fort Mason Tunnel. The tunnel was constructed in 1914; it was built to provide an efficient method to deliver material for the construction of the Panama Pacific International Exposition which opened in 1915. It was subsequently used as a streetcar route for visitors to the Panama Pacific Exposition. The US Army utilized the tunnel for rail access to the military Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason. During World War Two, more than one million six hundred thousand soldiers, and 23 million tons of supplies were transported to the Pacific battlefronts from the San Francisco Port of Embarkation


Here is a view of the west portal of the Fort Mason Tunnel. It is adjacent to the primary entryway to the site of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation. There is a possiblity that the tunnel will be renovated and used as an extension of the E & F San Francisco streetcar lines.


A view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The photo was snapped on what was once an aircraft landing field. Crissy Field was the site of a US Army airfield which became operational on 24 June 1921. The Marin Headlands are seen in the distance. The view is looking northwest.


This is Gun Battery Boutelle. It is located within the Presidio at Fort Winfield Scott. It was active from 1901 to 1917 and was decommissioned from service in 1918.


A view looking north from within the site of Fort Winfield Scott.



The distance traveled was approximately 9.0 miles (14.5 kilometers). The cumulative elevation gain was about 630 feet (192 meters). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.


This plant is known as a Sea Fig (Carpobrotus chilensis), it is a succulent plant that is native to southern Africa. It was brought to California to be planted alongside freeways. The plant has since been recognized as an invasive plant; it is now found in parks and woodlands. This picture was taken in the Presidio. Thanks to Margot Cunningham for identifying this lovely plant.


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

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

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


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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

San Francisco: March 2018

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A view looking east from Harrison Street, the cross street is The Embarcadero. This is the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.



Looking eastward at San Francisco Bay. The Berkeley Hills are in the distance, and Yerba Buena Island is ahead.  


This view is from Broadway, looking west. Ahead is the east portal of the Broadway TunnelAre you interested in seeing a photo of the west portal of the Broadway Tunnel? If so, go here to view the 21 January 2018 edition of this photoblog; it is the eleventh photo on the blog.

A view from The Embarcadero looking northwest. The forty-five story skyscraper is known as Four Embarcadero Center. It is a part of the Embarcadero Center a six-building complex built in the Financial District. Construction of the complex began in 1971, and the work was completed in 1989.


This sculpture is known as Cupid's Span; it was constructed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The work was installed in Rincon Park in 2002, which is adjacent to The Embarcadero. The view is looking west. 

This is Melbourne, Australia streetcar # 496; it is traveling to Fisherman's Wharf via the SF Muni E-Embarcadero streetcar route. Streetcar # 496 was constructed in Australia in 1928. I boarded this streetcar on 27 August 2017, at which time I participated in a twenty-five mile, four-hour streetcar tour of San Francisco. Go here to view that edition of this photo blog.

The Palace Hotel is located at the southeast corner of Market Street and New Montgomery Street. This is the second iteration of the hotel. The first building was destroyed during the earthquake and fire of 18 April 1906. This building began to accept guests on 19 December 1909.


This is a view looking west up Sacramento Street. The tall office building ahead is located at 505 Montgomery Street.  

This building is known as the Old San Francisco Mint. It became operational in 1874 and continued to operate until 1937 when a new mint located at 155 Hermann Street became functional. During the weekend of 3 and 4 March 2018, the Old Mint became a pop-up museum of San Francisco history.

La Taqueria Restaurant is located on Mission Street near Twenty-fifth Street. The restaurant always seems to be crowded; many people like the food and the vibrant activity. Below are three pictures I took inside the restaurant as I waited in line to order a quesadilla.





This is Saints Peter and Paul Church, it is located on Filbert Street in the North Beach neighborhood. Joe DiMaggio married Dorothy Arnold in this church in 1939. They were subsequently divorced in 1944. Then in 1954, Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe; that marriage took place in San Francisco's City Hall. Joe DiMaggio died at the age of 84 in Hollywood, Florida on 8 March 1999. His funeral took place in Saints Peter and Paul Church on 11 March 1999.
 
Construction of the Trans-Bay Tower is almost complete. It is 920 feet in height (326 meters) and has sixty-one floors. It is the tallest building in San Francisco and it is located at 415 Mission Street.

Looking east down John Street. The cross street is Powell Street. The upper portion of the Transamerica Pyramid is visible on the right.

The brick building on the right side of this photo is the old YMCA Hotel, which was built in 1928If you look closely at the brick building, you can see near the roofline some faded white paint stating 'YMCA ROOMS'. In June of 1960, I took a Greyhound bus across the country to visit California and San Francisco. I spent three days in San Francisco, and during that time I had a room in the YMCA Hotel. The hotel is located on The Embarcadero.


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

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

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

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