12 October 2014

San Francisco Fleet Week: 12 October 2014

The Navy and Marines participated in San Francisco Fleet Week. There was no Fleet Week event in 2013 because the Federal Government decided to pare expenses. I have been going to Fleet Week over the years, and it has always been an enjoyable event. Here are some pictures I took while at Fleet Week 2006 and here are some pictures I took while on a cruise on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien during May 2003. The Jeremiah O’Brien is a Liberty Ship, and she is docked in San Francisco.

This year I decided to cover more ground before I arrived at the San Francisco Marina to view the Blue Angels do their fabulous close-quarter acrobatic flying. I took the Muni Metro to the West Portal Station and began my trek from that location. I walked through the lovely Forest Hill neighborhood; I then I ascended Mount Sutro and proceeded to drop down Mount Sutro past the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Then a quick stop for a bite to eat at Whole Foods in the Haight-Ashbury district. Now satiated, I walked through the Jordan Park neighborhood and then the Laurel Heights neighborhood. From there, I proceeded to climb Divisadero Street, walking through the Pacific Heights neighborhood. And then, finally, at around 2 pm I dropped down Divisadero Street to the Marina District and the Fleet Week extravaganza which was in progress. By the way, it was twenty-five years ago this week, on 17 October 1989, that the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. The majority of the damage in San Francisco occurred in the Marina District.

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The Blue Angels. Note the four Coast Guard vessels and the cleared channel in the Bay over which the jets are flying. 

The map illustrates the route traveled, with mile markers shown. The approximate distance covered, as measured by a GPS receiver, was 11.8 miles. 
A graph of the elevation changes during the ramble. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,372 feet. 
A mansion on Divisadero Street is all ready for the trick or treaters who will be dropping by on Holloween, which is in two weeks. 
This building is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of 10th Avenue and Noriega Street.
A view from Mount Sutro. The two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge are visible. The hills on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge are a part of the glorious Marin Headlands
Another view from Mount Sutro. The treed area in the middle of the photograph is Golden Gate Park. The treed area at the northwestern part of San Francisco is Lands End Park
Rambling along the West Ridge Trail in Mount Sutro Forest. 
 I am now at the Marina. The Patriots Jet Team was the air display taking place when I arrived.
A United Airlines Boeing 777 made several loops around San Francisco Bay in the area just north of San Francisco. A beautiful sight to see. 
The United Airlines Boeing 777 coming by for another pass, with the Marin Headlands in the background and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge completing the picture. 
Just before the Blue Angels made their appearance, “Fat Albert,” a Marine Corps C-130 cargo plane which is a component of the Blue Angels support-team, did a few fly-bys. 
Then, finally, the main event took place. The Blue Angels flying in close, very close, formation in front of Alcatraz Island. 
The Blue Angels performed for about one-half hour. 

It seemed to me that there were a gazillion people at Fleet Week. Ok, well, that may be an exaggeration… but not by much. The bay shore was jammed with people for a distance of at least four miles. 
It was a happy, festive crowd enjoying themselves in the delightful weather. 
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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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07 October 2014

San Francisco – From Ocean Beach through the Haight-Ashbury district and then to the Ferry Building: 7 October 2014

This ramble bisects the City of San Francisco, starting at Ocean Beach and ending at the Ferry Building

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A view from the top of Grand View Park, looking northeast. Downtown San Francisco can be seen in the distance. 

 The route as measured by a GPS receiver was 12.6 miles. 
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,347 feet. 
I used public transportation to arrive at the start of the walk. This is an L-Taraval Muni Metro light rail train

After exiting the Muni Metro, it was a one-block walk to Ocean Beach. This view is looking southwest. The beach is lovely, but it is a beach that has taken many lives. The water is cold year-round. The most dangerous part of the beach is the rip currents
This location is no more than 100 yards from the ocean. If there is a significant earthquake, get thee up to the top of the hill asap. 
A two-car L-Taraval Metro Muni light rail train is heading towards the ocean. 
A view looking west. It was taken from Grand View Park, located in the Inner Sunset District. The large area seen on the upper left portion of the photograph is Sunset Reservoir. It was built in 1960 and has 25,000 solar panels on a part of the reservoir's roof. The solar panels were installed in 2010. It is the largest solar installation in San Francisco
A section of the beautiful Moraga Street and 16th Avenue tiled steps

The Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco came to the apex of its popularity and notoriety during the Summer of Love in 1967. 
A house in The Haight. 
An example of street art on Haight Street. 
A store on Haight Street. 
The southeast corner of the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street. 
The southeast corner of the intersection of Haight Street and Masonic Avenue. 
Houses in the Haight-Ashbury District. 
A view of Kezar Stadium while some minor renovations are taking place. The original stadium was constructed in 1925 and was demolished in 1989. The original stadium was the first home of the San Francisco 49ers football team. 
A house in the Western Addition District. 
This photo was taken from Alamo Square Park, and it shows a famous scene, sometimes known as "Postcard Row." These "Painted Ladies" were built between 1892 and 1896. 
Japantown
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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

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.

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

27 September 2014

A walk in Oakland: 27 September 2014

I joined a walking group as we explored some of Oakland's streets, paths, and walkways. 

A house in the Trestle Glen neighborhood.
The route we traveled, with mile markers shown. The approximate distance covered was 9.8 miles as measured by a GPS receiver. 
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,250 feet. 

The group met in Oakland at Tierra Mia Coffee, located on Broadway and one block from the 19th Street BART station. 
The downtown Oakland Sears Roebuck building. The building was completed in 1929, and it incurred significant damage during the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989
The Oakland Veterans' Memorial Building was completed in 1926. 
A partial view of Lake Merritt. 
A house located in the Adams Point neighborhood
Walking through the Adams Point neighborhood. 
Descending a stairway in the Adams Point neighborhood. 
The group is in front of a stately home in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood
The entryway. 
We are rambling through the Crocker Highlands. 
One of the participants in the walk grew up in this house; her mom still resides in the home.
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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

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.

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