Tuesday, May 24, 2016


According to the SF Chronicle the Gangway has been a nautical themed bar since 1910 and a gay bar since 1961 but now it's been sold and will become something else, which is how things go these days.

A nautical bar gives us an easy transition to the beach. Mme Le Chef and I went out to Ocean Beach this past Sunday and discovered something we had not known existed. Beach Soccer!

The sky was grey but it was not cold and the players seemed to be enjoying themselves.

It occurred to the bureau chief that if there can be Beach Soccer, there can be Beach Dogs.

Beach Erosion.

The Beach.

And Beach Kites.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

It officially re-opens on May 14 after having been closed for three years to add an addition to it. Since we are members of the museum, we got to tour it on May 1. It seems to be twice as large as it used to be. The top floor had been the fifth but it now has a sixth and a seventh floor, both enormous. The new main entrance is now on Howard St. and the first work of art that greets you is Richard Serra's "Sequence".

Madame Le Chef and I took the elevator directly to the seventh floor which has a balcony.

It allows new views of SF''s downtown towers, both old and contemporary.

The new floors house the Fisher collection which is the raison d'etre for the addition to the museum. They collected a lot of modern German art.

And American of course.

Also photography.

After a lot of galleries, I felt in sync with this piece. I have a 90 minute window in which to view art and then I have to come back another day.

None the less we visited a new sculpture garden with a very cool living wall.

I will take us multiple visits to this "new" museum to really get a sense of it. Finally, let me say that these are not the graves of starving artists.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Eastern Spring 2016

On my recent trip to Richmond VA I learned that the color of new leaves is Chartreuse. Like these.

This is a part of Maymont, which was some rich people's estate and is now a very nice park.

I had not known that there was a sub-genre of porn that involved someone having their head squeezed between Griffins' butts. I found sculptural evidence at Maymont.

This is a great wall.

 Turtle island

A mausoleum with a very nice view.

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Art

New murals get painted over old murals, sometimes by the same artist, and exploring new streets and alleys leads to new discoveries. This is on a wall next to a bar owned by Kink.com.

A building of unknown function.

New work on a bar where the murals change a lot.

Danielle O'Malley, a name to conjure with.

I recognize the hand.

A jewel.

He was almost 103. The mural was painted by his grandson.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

February Roundup

Odd sign.
Cool VW.

Cool dog.

 Pot delivery billboard.

Falling blossoms.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Unintentional Landscape Art

We had the backyard rebuilt before the rains started. The workers saved the old bricks, cleaned them and laid them back down with new bricks. When the rains started, we found out that the old bricks had moss in their pores and within a day of the first good rain, the moss had sprouted up.

It's wonderful how the moss is only on certain bricks.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ocean Beach 1/23/16

There was a stiff wind and white caps in the aftermath of some heavy rain.

The lone kitesurfer was having an amazing ride.

The silver light off the water.

This is a reminder that San Francisco is a very multiethnic city.