05 April 2016

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: 5 April 2016

The Conservatory of Flowers, a San Francisco treasure, is located in Golden Gate Park. It has been at the same location since 1879. It is, in fact, the oldest public glass and wood greenhouse in North America.
We did a little ramble from 9th Street and Irving Street through Golden Gate Park, stopping at the Conservatory of Flowers and the MH de Young Museum. We then walked through the North of the Panhandle neighborhood, past St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the University of San Francisco. We finally cruised through Alamo Park, the Western Addition, and had a bite to eat in Japantown. After this, we boarded the Muni Metro 38 bus on Geary Boulevard and disembarked at Powell Street. We took BART back to Berkeley. Donna joined me on this ramble.

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The Conservatory of Flowers.

The approximate distance traveled was 5.6 miles (9 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. 
The Conservatory of Flowers. 










Here is a view from the enclosed glass tower of the de Young Museum. The California Academy of Sciences is the building with the earthen roof cover. The large buildings behind the California Academy of Sciences are part of the University of California, San FranciscoSutro Tower overlooks the scene. The view is looking south. 
St. Ignatius Church sits on top of Ignatius Heightsa 354-foot high hill (108 meters). It is the tallest structure in the area, and it is a true San Francisco landmark. 
This is a Victorian house in the Western Addition neighborhood.
Here is a view from Alamo Square Park
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"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.

   Either a Sony camera or an Olympus camera was used to take these photographs.

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03 April 2016

Circumnavigating Briones Reservoir: 3 April 2016

The last time I circumnavigated Briones Reservoir was about 25-30 years ago. I thought this would be an appropriate time to do it again. When I last did Briones, I ran around the reservoir; this time I walked around the reservoir. Both adventures were enjoyable.

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Briones Reservoir's earthen dam is visible.

Briones Reservoir is approximately 8 miles east of Berkeley, as shown on this map of the area.
A map of the route. The approximate distance traveled was 13.5 miles (21.7 kilometers). The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,843 feet (562 meters). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS-generated track.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. 

Briones Reservoir.

This photo, looking southwest, was taken from the top of the Briones Reservoir's earthen dam. 

Bear Creek Trail.
Donna joined me on this 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


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.

12 March 2016

A ferryboat ride from San Francisco to Sausalito: 12 March 2016

Bob Lawrence is an army buddy from when I was stationed at the 7th Ordnance Company in Korea during 1968-1969. Bob and Muriel, his wife, recently visited the Bay Area from their home in New Jersey.

Their main reason for coming to the Bay Area was to go to the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday evening. There in all his glory, was Stephen Curry along with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors played the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Yes, the Warriors won the game.

Bob and I got together on Saturday morning before the basketball matchup and took a ferryboat ride from San Francisco to Sausalito. After our return ferryboat trip to San Francisco, we boarded a streetcar and rode to Fisherman's Wharf, where we got a bite to eat.

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Bob is at the San Francisco Ferry Building before we boarded the Golden Gate Ferry M.S. San Francisco for a ride to Sausalito.

The ferryboat route between San Francisco and SausalitoClick on the image to see the full-size map.
Here is a view looking southeast from the San Francisco Ferry Building pier. Yerba Buena Island is visible
Flash-Back Korea: Bob is taking a photo of children in a rural village. I took this picture in July of 1968.
Flash-Back Korea: April 1969. A woman is washing clothing along the riverside in Suksu-Dong. Bob asked her if he could take a picture; she happily agreed. 
Flash-Back Korea: April 1969. I took this picture in the Suksu-Dong recreation area. Within two weeks, we will leave Korea for Fort Lewis, Washington, at which time we will both be discharged from active military service. 
Ok, now let's return to the Twenty-First Century. Anchors aweigh, and off to Sausalito. The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is visible. This view is looking south. 
This is another view of the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. A ferryboat is heading towards the San Francisco Ferry Building. 
El NiƱo is visiting northern California; it's cold, windy, and drizzling. 
This is a view of the eastern side of Alcatraz Island, as framed by the Golden Gate Bridge. 
Here is a view of the north side of Alcatraz Island with San Francisco in the background. This view is looking south. 


Alcatraz Island
The Golden Gate Bridge. This view is looking southwest. 
The site of Camp Reynolds. This Army base, located on Angel Island, was established in 1863 during the Civil War. The view is looking east. 
Here is a view of Tiburon. 
Belvedere Island. The view is looking north. 
 Richardson Bay, Marin County. This view is looking north. 
Bob is standing in front of a statue at the Vina del Mar Park in downtown Sausalito. The statue was originally a part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. 

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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 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  

21 February 2016

San Francisco, from the Embarcadero to the Presidio: 21 February 2016

This was a group hike that traversed diverse areas of San Francisco.


Buddha on Macondray Lane. .

The approximate distance of the ramble was 9.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,519 feet. Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track.  

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. 

And we are off! 

We are cranking up California Street and are passing Grant Avenue in Chinatown. 

We are looking at a great view from Russian Hill

The view we are enjoying. 

We are moving through Macondray Lane

The group is heading towards the Presidio

We went up and we went down, we went up and we went all around. 

Nikki was the leader of this 9.7-mile hike. .


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

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