24 August 2015

San Francisco's North Beach: 24 August 2015

A ramble in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco on a cool and cloudy morning.

This is the iconic and well regarded City Lights Books. It is located on Columbus Avenue; the bookstore was named a San Francisco Designated Landmark in 2001. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
La Boulange was a locally owned french bakery and coffee shop... until 2012 when Starbucks purchase the company for 100 million dollars. In June 2015 Starbucks announced that it will close all 23 retail outlets. What a dreadful decision, 745 people will be out of jobs and a beloved San Francisco coffee house will be gone. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Fireman's Memorial statue; it is sited in Washington Square Park, which is  located about 1/4 mile from Telegraph Hill, upon which Coit Tower stands on the summit. The statement on the base of the statue: "To Commemorate The Volunteer Fire Department of San Francisco 1849-1866. Erected 1933 By Bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit." Ms. Hitchcock Coit, who died in 1929, also bequest Coit Tower to San Francisco in 1933. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The route. The approximate distance traveled was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 603 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
The graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

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

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20 August 2015

A walk from the 16th Street/Mission BART Station to the West Portal Muni Metro Station: 20 August 2015

I started this ramble at the16th Street Mission BART Station. I walked through the Mission District and the Noe Valley neighborhood, among others, and finally arrived at the West Portal Muni Metro Station. 



This building is located on Valencia Street at 16th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
"La Loma Produce #14" is located in the Inner Mission on 16th Street at Julian Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This grand house is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood at Dolores Street and 25th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is 1249 Dolores Street, it is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood. The cross street is Clipper Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
There is a plaque on the outside of the house which proclaims that the structure was built in 1884. The house is located at 1325 Dolores Street, between Cesar Chavez Street and 26th Street in the Noe Valley neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco has alleyways located in many parts of the city. The majority of the alleyways were constructed when the primary method of transportation within the city consisted of horse-drawn vehicles. I believe that the alleyways were constructed to provide easy access to backyards, which could provide a safe shelter for horses, if necessary. The official name of this 15-foot wide alleyway is Quane Street; it is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The approximate distance traveled was 6.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 796 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered in this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

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

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19 August 2015

San Francisco's Mission District & Bernal Heights Park: 19 August 2015

The sky was foggy and overcast on Wednesday; a calm wind blew. Another beautiful day in San Francisco.




This photo was taken in the Mission District at 22nd Street and Valencia Street.

This is a view of Bernal Heights Park. The picture looks southeast of Valencia Street. 

Looking at some documents at a cafe on 25th Street. 

The Mission District is known for its graffiti.

This is the colorful entryway to the Mission Community Pool. The pool was constructed in 1916 and is located on 19th Street between Linda Street and Valencia Street. The pool and the adjacent playground are a part of San Francisco Recreation and Parks.

La Taqueria. The burritos are great. The restaurant is always busy, so finding a place to sit down and eat the food can be a problem. 

A lady is feeding the pigeons at Mission Street and 18th Street. 

This is a view of a major freeway interchange as seen from Bernal Height Park. US Route 101 and Interstate 280 meet, dance together, and then go back to their separate ways. Bayview Park occupies the center of the image. This view looks southeast. 

A view of Twin Peaks is visible in the distance; Sutro Tower is partially shrouded by the fog. The photo was taken from Bernal Height Park; the idea is to look northwest. 

This is the western entry to the Dogpatch/Miller Memorial Garden. Evelyn brought my attention to a website that identified 16 little-known gardens in San Francisco. Thanks, Evelyn.


A mixed-use apartment building is located at 20th Street and Valencia Street. The view is looking east. 

On the west side of Valencia Street is Dog Eared Books. I took this photo at about a quarter to 10 in the morning. A book store employee is sweeping the sidewalk in front of the store before opening for customers. 

The distance traveled was approximately 5.8 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 586 feet.

A graph of the elevation changes encountered in the ramble. 
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"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

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18 August 2015

Then & Now: San Francisco Fire Department Engine Company No. 7: 18 August 2015

I wrote a few days ago: "I think this building has probably had an interesting history..." I did a little research and I found out that the building was used as a City of San Francisco Fire Station from 1907 to 1968. In addition, the building site was used as the location for a fire station since January 1854. This building was the third fire station to occupy this site which is located at 3160 16th Street in the Inner Mission District of San Francisco.


I was able to locate a picture of this building that is circa 1958. A bright red shiny firetruck is peaking out of the front door. You can see that photograph below. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Built in 1907; active as a Fire Station until March of 1968. Photo circa 1958.

San Francisco Fire Dept Engine Company No. 7 was located at 3160 16th Street. 

Neighborhood: Inner Mission

History of Engine Company No. 7

1854   January 1st, home of Young America Engine Company No. 13
1866   December 3rd, Young America Engine Company No. 13 disbanded
1866   December 3rd, Hose Company No. 5 organized and assigned to quarters
1868   April 15th, Engine Company No. 7 organized and assigned to quarters 
1894   Chemical Engine Co. No. 7 relocated from Masonic Avenue and Java Street
1906   April 18th, building was destroyed in 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
1906   Earthquake or Fire damage to the firehouse valued at $12,000.  Cost of new building $22,000
1907   Engine Co. No. 7 returned to the new quarters after temporary 1906 housing at 3623 - 17th Street
1907   Chemical Engine Co. No. 9 organized and assigned to quarters
1916   Chemical Engine Co. No. 9 relocated to Truck Co. No. 6, 349 Hermann Street
1917   Chemical Engine Co. No. 7 disbanded
1918   Converted to motorized apparatus
1941   November 1st, Battalion 6 relocated from Engine Co. No. 13, 1458 Valencia Street
1952   Auxiliary Engine Co. No. 22 organized and assigned to quarters
1968   March 12th, Engine Co. No. 7 relocated to new quarters at 80 Digby Street
1968   3160 16th Street was sold at a City & County of San Francisco public auction

This wooden structure on the corner of Albion Street is the third firehouse to be built on this site. In 1854 the Young America Engine Company, with their hand drawn apparatus, occupied the first firehouse built here. In 1868 the newly organized Engine Company No. 7, with their horse drawn steam engine, was stationed here. The firehouse was lost in the 1906 Fire. In 1907 the firehouse was rebuilt with a simple corniced structure.  In 1918 the company received a 1916 American LaFrance Type 45 chain drive 6 cylinder 120 HP engine with a combination 900 GPM rotary gear pump and hose wagon and the horses were retired. On March 12, 1968, Engine Company No. 7 and the auxiliary engine assigned here were moved to new quarters at 80 Digby Street in Diamond Heights, and the firehouse at 3160 16th Street was closed.



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

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16 August 2015

San Francisco – the Submarine USS Pampanito and the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien: 16 August 2015

This route incorporates great views with an excellent workout.

A flock of pelicans is flying past Alcatraz IslandAngel Island is visible in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The Victory Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
US Navy World War II Submarine: USS Pampanito (SS-383). Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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Never Forget. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a gorgeous park sited adjacent to San Francisco Bay.  The view is from Aquatic Park Pierlocated within the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Telegraph Hill as seen from the East. Coit Tower is sited on the summit of Telegraph Hill. Julius' Castle is visible in this photograph. Are you able to locate the castle? Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 Fillmore Street, before it starts its climb. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The intersection of Filmore Street and Filbert Street. A view from the Real Food Company's outdoor seating area. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The top of Fillmore Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The grand entryway to the Mark Hopkins Hotel is located on California Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the Financial District, as seen from California Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The route. The approximate distance was 8.9 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 585 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

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

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04 August 2015

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: 4 August 2015

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is an elaborate Victorian greenhouse constructed in 1878. For more than 130 years it has been a beautiful and captivating destination for the residents of San Francisco and also for visitors from around the world.

Here are a few snaps. The first picture was snapped on 5 July 2015. All of the additional images were taken on 4 August 2015.  Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
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“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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