01 March 2015

San Francisco, part 2 – Noe Valley and the Castro: 1 March 2015


Part Two
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Cranking up Castro Street; leaving Noe Valley and entering the Castro District.

The route of my 1 March ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 8.8 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 652 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track.

Looking at Noe Valley from Sanchez Street. San Bruno Mountain can be seen in the background. San Bruno Mountain is located in the city of San Bruno in San Mateo County.
The intersection of 24th Street and Castro Street, which is part of a shopping district in Noe Valley.
I saw some lovely houses on Castro Street.
Castro Street
Castro Street
 Near the summit of Castro Street. The view is looking north, and the Castro District is straight ahead.
The heart of the Castro District.
Harvey's Restaurant is named for Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated inside San Francisco City Hall on 27 November 1978, along with Mayor George Moscone, by Dan White, who was also a San Francisco Supervisor. About two weeks before these assassinations, a group of 913 people, mainly from San Francisco, and members of the Peoples Temple, an American religious organization, committed suicide in Jonestown, which was located in Guyana, South America. I still remember what a horrible month that was for the Bay Area.
The Castro Theatre is showing Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 movie Vertigo. (Vertigo
Outdoor seating at CafĂ© Flore.
A view of upper Market Street. Castro Street is at the intersection. The hill in the background is the northern portion of Twin Peaks and beyond Twin Peaks is Sutro Tower.


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GO HERE to view part three.


"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 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

San Francisco, part 3 – Streetcars on Market Street: 1 March 2015

As I was rambling down Market Street, heading for the Ferry Building, I became aware of the old streetcars heading up and down Market Street. I have meant to take photographs of San Francisco streetcars for many years, but I never found the right time to do so. I quickly realized that this was an excellent opportunity to snap pictures of many of the extraordinary San Francisco streetcars. Also, about a month ago I purchased an excellent little book about, among other things, the history of each San Francisco Streetcar. The book is "On Track; A Field Guide to San Francisco's Historic Streetcars & Cable Cars." Now let's get rolling!

Part Three
The hulking concrete building on the left, with the large vertical windows, is the San Francisco Mint. The San Francisco Mint currently only produces proof coinage
Streetcar #1006 was built for the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) in 1948 by the St. Louis Car Company. It has served San Franciscans since 1948. The streetcar is heading outbound. I will be using the terms "outbound" and "inbound" to describe the direction that each streetcar is going. Simply stated, outbound means that the streetcar is leaving downtown San Francisco, and inbound indicates that the streetcar is heading to downtown San Francisco.

Streetcar #1052 was built in 1948 for Philadelphia Transportation Company by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Philadelphia from 1948-89. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 1992. It is painted in tribute to Los Angeles Railway Company. The streetcar is heading outbound.
Streetcar #1059 was built in 1948 for Philadelphia Transportation Company by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Philadelphia from 1948-89.  It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 1992. It is painted in tribute to Boston, Massachusetts. The streetcar is heading outbound.
Streetcar #1062 was built in 1948 for Philadelphia Transportation Company by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Philadelphia from 1948-89. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 1992. It is painted in tribute to Louisville, Kentucky. The streetcar is heading outbound.
Streetcar #1072 was built in 1946 for Twin City Rapid Transit Company, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Minneapolis-St. Paul from 1946-1953. It served Newark, New Jersey from 1953-2001. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 2004. It is painted in tribute to Mexico City, Mexico. The streetcar is heading inbound.

Streetcar #1008 was built for the San Francisco Municipal Railway in 1948 by the St. Louis Car Company. It has served San Franciscans since 1948. The streetcar is heading outbound.
Streetcar #1074 was built in 1946 for Twin City Rapid Transit Company, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Minneapolis-St. Paul from 1946-1953. It served Newark, New Jersey from 1953-2001. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 2004. It is painted in tribute to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The streetcar is heading inbound.
Streetcar #1077 was built in 1947 for Twin City Rapid Transit Company, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Minneapolis-St. Paul from 1947-1953. It served Newark, New Jersey from 1953-2001. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 2004. It is painted in tribute to Birmingham, Alabama. The streetcar is empty and stationary. It is waiting near the Ferry Building.
Streetcar #1080 was built in 1946 for Twin City Rapid Transit Company, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, by the St. Louis Car Company. It served Minneapolis-St. Paul from 1946-1953. It served Newark, New Jersey from 1953-2001. It was purchased by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) in 2004. It is painted in tribute to Los Angeles, California. The streetcar is heading inbound.
Streetcar #1893 was built by Carminati & Toselli, in Milan, Italy in the 1970s. It has served San Franciscans since 1998. The streetcar is heading outbound.
The route of the 1 March ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 8.8 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 652 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track.


GO HERE to view part one.

GO HERE to view part two.


"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 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

27 February 2015

San Francisco: Noteworthy buildings in Nob Hill, the Financial District and the Castro: 27 February 2015


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A view from upper Castro Street. The Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest building in San Francisco, and 555 California Street, the second tallest building in San Francisco, are prominent structures visible on the skyline. 
280 Divisadero Street. It is located between Haight Street and Page Street. 
A house on Divisadero Street north of the Panhandle. 
These buildings are located on Pine Street within the Polk Gulch area. 
An apartment building on the northwest corner of the intersection of Pine Street and Powell Street. 
555 California Street, formally known as Bank of America Center, is a 52 story structure, and it is the second tallest building in San Francisco. The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest building. 
The iconic San Francisco Ferry Building. It was designed in 1892 and construction was completed in 1898.



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


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25 February 2015

San Francisco, from West Portal to Mission Street: 25 February 2015

I started this ramble at the West Portal Muni Metro Station and concluded the ramble at the BART Station located at Mission Street and 24th Street.

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 Bernal Heights Park is situated in the middle of the image.

The route: 7.7 miles, with 780 feet of cumulative elevation gain. 
A graph of the elevation changes in this route. 
A view looking west towards the Pacific Ocean, as seen from Ulloa Street. 
A view looking east. Oakland and Alameda are visible across the bay, as is Mount Diablo, in the distance on the right. 
A picture of downtown San Francisco, Berkeley is visible across San Francisco Bay. 
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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  

24 February 2015

A ramble from Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park to downtown San Francisco: 24 February 2015


The Rustic Stone Bridge over Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park was erected in 1893. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Stow Lake in Golden Gate ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A cutie! Stow LakeClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A burbling creek in Golden Gate Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A produce store at 843 Clement Street in the Richmond District. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The 700 block of Clement Street in the Richmond District. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from Nob Hill at California Street. The view is looking south, down Jones Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The route: 8.2 miles. Click on the image to see the full-size map.


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

You are welcome to visit my primary website  www.mishalov.com

01 February 2015

Nike Missile Launching Sites SF-08L and SF-09L & Nike Radar Acquisition Site SF-09C: 1 February 2015

The majority of this ramble takes place in Wildcat Regional Park. We will pass Nike missile launching sites SF-08L & SF-09L as we walk north on Nimitz Way. This was the location of a large six-battery surface-to-air missile site; built during the Cold War. The SF-08L & SF-09L buildings were removed in the early1970s. The underground missile storage areas were covered with two or three feet of gravel and dirt, but the underground magazines are still there. The earthen berms separating the batteries from the liquid fueling area are still present. Very few people who pass this location have an inkling about what was once here… and what is still here, buried beneath the dirt and gravel.
We will also view the Nike Radar Acquisition Site  SF-09C and the former location of Grande Vista Sanitarium, also known as the Belgum Sanitarium.




NOW 
This coyote is roaming through the former location of Nike missile launching sites SF-08L & SF-09L. The view is looking east.

A map of the route. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 14.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 2,259 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. The ramble started at the North Berkeley BART station, and it ended at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station.

A graph that shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble.

THEN: This photograph of Nike Missile Launching site SF-08 and Nike Missile Launching Site SF-09 was taken sometime between 1959 and 1968. Four of the six launching platforms are visible. One of the launching platforms has four Nike Hercules missiles loaded and in firing position. This missile battery is unusual in that it has two launching sites versus the more common, one launching site per location. Two missile launching sites had the ability to launch twenty-four missiles simultaneously. The picture was taken from a plane, and the view is looking northeast. 

NOW 
THEN
 This is an airborne photograph of the Nike Missile radar acquisition site SF-09C. This picture was taken sometime between 1959 and 1968. The view is looking northeast.

NOW 
What once was is no more.

This is a view of the San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area, with beautiful Mount Diablo overlooking the scene.

This is a view from the San Pablo Ridge Trail with Mount Tamalpais in the background.

Another scene of the lovely and serene San Pablo Ridge.


The San Pablo Ridge Trail. San Pedro Mountain, which is located in Marin County, is in the background.


 San Pablo Ridge Trail.

The Grande Vista Sanitarium, aka the Belgum Sanitarium was established in what is now known as Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

The palm trees that were planted at the Grande View Sanitarium many years ago still remain as a reminder of what once was, and is no more. This view is looking southwest.
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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.