24 January 2016

San Francisco – the Haight-Ashbury: 24 January 2016

I joined a group of friendly hikers. We toured the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Nikki was the knowledgeable leader of the group. 

Click on an image to view the full-size photograph.
Janis Joplin lived at 635 Ashbury Street in the late 1960s.

This picture of Janis Joplin was taken in 1967. The location is Haight Street at Cole Street. Photograph by Peter Larsen. 

Approximate distance traveled was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 945 feet. Mile markers are shown on the GPS generated track. 

  Hunter S. Thompson lived at 318 Parnassus Street while writing Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in 1967. 

Hunter S. Thompson and his IBM Selectric typewriter. This picture is circa 1967 Photographer unknown. 

The Hell's Angels Frisco Chapter was ensconced at 719 Ashbury Street in the late 1960s. 

On the road with Hell's Angels Frisco members. The picture is circa 1967. Photographer unknown. 

Kezar Stadium, located in Golden Gate Park, is an outdoor sports stadium with a long illustrious history. 

The Sharon Building. It was constructed to provide a food and rest stop for mothers and children who are visiting Golden Gate Park. The original structure was built in 1888. It was destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1906. The structure was rebuilt and then badly damaged in a fire during 1973. It was rebuilt yet again. It is San Francisco Landmark #124. 

A view of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.  Mount Sutro is behind the medical center and Sutro Tower rises above all. This photo was taken from Golden Gate Park

This is a view of the famous Painted Ladies. The 50th anniversary of Super Bowl, a football championship game, will be fought at Levi Stadium, which is located about 46 miles south of San Francisco. This photo was taken from Alamo Square Park

We are cranking up Buena Vista Avenue West which is adjacent to Buena Vista Park. This view is looking north. 

Graham Nash and his family lived at 731 Buena Vista Avenue West in the late 1960s. Nash commissioned the iron gate entryway. He was a member of Crosby, Stills and Nash

Graham Nash in the early 1970s.

Jack London lived at 737 Buena Vista West Avenue while he was writing White Fang. Jack London also wrote: San Francisco Earthquake: The Story of an Eyewitness (scroll down to read his essay). It is a first-person account of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. It was published in Colliers Magazine on 5 May 1906... a month after the earthquake. 

Jack London as seen in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Photographer unknown.

-------------------------------------------------

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

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

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"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 posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photos.

21 January 2016

Sausalito to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf: 21 January 2016

The weather forecast for Thursday 21 January was overcast and cloudy, but without rain in the forecast. I put together a last-minute ramble to take advantage of the rain-free forecast. 
Here was the plan: We would take BART from Berkeley to the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Then we would go to the Ferry Building and board the ferry leaving at 10:00 am for Sausalito. After which we will walk from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. After arriving at Fisherman's Wharf we will board a streetcar going to the Embarcadero and then get on BART for the ride back to Berkeley. It proved to be a successful plan.

Click on an image to view the full-size photograph. 
The western span of the Bay Bridge. Yerba Buena Island is on the left.
The approximate distance traveled was 9.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 650 feet. Mile markers are shown on the GPS-generated track. 
This beautiful brass statue of Mahatma Gandhi is located on the site of the San Francisco Ferry Building. 
We boarded the Golden Gate Ferry 'San Francisco' for the trip to Sausalito. 
And we are off! 
Donna and Lindy joined me on this ramble. 
Here is a view of a portion of Angel Island. The brick building at sea level is an old Army warehouse which is located on the site of Camp Reynolds. Camp Reynolds was established during the Civil War
Belvedere is in the center, and the Tiburon Peninsula is on the right. Mount Tamalpais can be seen peeking through the clouds. 
Sausalito is straight ahead. 
A fountain located in Vina del Mar Park, Sausalito. 
In Sausalito. 
Here is a part of the remains of Battery Yateswhich is located at the site of Fort Baker. 
Battery Yates.
Another view of Battery Yates
We are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, heading towards San Francisco. 
Lindy is taking a picture of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge from the walkway on the Bridge. Yes, she is using the ubiquitous iPhone. 

The Golden Gate Bridge is seen from San Francisco. A portion of Fort Point can be seen under the bridge. 
One more view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This view is from the Crissy Field Marsh area. 
Here is a view of downtown San Francisco as seen from the Crissy Field Marsh area.
A view of the Palace of Fine Arts, which was a part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition

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

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

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"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 posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photos.

 These photographs were taken with a Sony camera.

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

10 January 2016

San Francisco – Chinatown, Nob Hill, and the Financial District: 10 January 2016

The weather forecast for Sunday 10 January looked promising. I took BART to the Embarcadero on Sunday morning and did a 5.6-mile ramble through different San Francisco neighborhoods and finished the ramble at Fisherman's Wharf.


Click on an image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Chinatown, as seen from Sacramento Street; this view is looking southwest. 

The approximate distance traveled was 5.6 miles. The approximate elevation gain was 570 feet. The track has mile markers and was generated by a GPS device. 

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. 

The former headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Construction completed in 1924; building located at 400 Sansome Street. 

L'Occitane located in the Financial District at 2 Embarcadero Center

This picture was taken at the intersection of Kearney Street and Sacramento Street. 

A view of Chinatown, as seen from Sacramento Street. The view is looking southwest.

The intersection of Sacramento Street and Stockton Street. All of the overhead wires are part of the San Francisco Public Transit System. The cables are electrified, and they provide power for the fleet of electric buses that traverse this area. 
The Fairmont Hotellocated on California Street. 

This mansion is located at the top of Nob Hill, and construction was completed in 1886. It is one of two structures on Nob Hill that survived the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The mansion was the former home of James C. Flood, a silver baron of the 19th Century. He made his fortune from silver mines located in Virginia City, Nevada. The mansion is now the home of the Pacific-Union Club. It is San Francisco Designated Landmark #64 and located at 1000 California Street. 

The Nob Hill Masonic Center located at 1111 California Street. 

A partial view of Grace Cathedral located on Taylor Street at California Street. A San Francisco Municipal Railway cable car is traveling down California Street to the Financial District, its final destination. 

This intersection is at Polk Street and Pine Street. This locale is part of the Polk Gulch neighborhood

San Bruno Mountain is visible in the distance. The picture was taken from the intersection of Pine Street and Larkin Street. The view is looking south. 

The Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church of Americalocated at 2016 Pine Street. 

This picture was taken from the top of Fillmore Street. The view is looking north. 

A view of Mason Street as seen from Sacramento Street. The view is looking north. 

Rambling down Fillmore Street and heading towards San Francisco Bay. 

A view of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park. The three-masted, steel hulled, square-rigged cargo ship in this photo, was launched from a shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland in 1886. The ship is known as the Balclutha. It had a crew of 26 men and carried cargo around Cape Horn South America 17 times. 

A view from Aquatic Park Cove. Mount Tamalpais is in the distance. The upper portion of the mountain is shrouded by clouds, and being inundated with rain. 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

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"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.

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