Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018

It was a beautiful, temperate day in San Francisco so we went out to the beach. We went down the steps where Pacheco St. dead ends at the Great Highway. There were plenty of surfers.

But also a dad pulling his little girl on a boogie board accompanied by an energetic dog.

The sun from the south shining on the surf made the sand appear silver.

Eventually surfers began to leave.

But they were replaced by others hurrying to get a little surfing in before the early winter sunset.

Normally it would be raining this time of year but we'll ignore the threat of another drought and enjoy the weather.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

End of one Year, Beginning of Next

A car full of dogs at Ocean Beach.

Homage to Vertigo at the Legion of Honor by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Xmas at the San Francisco Zoo.

January at the Zoo.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Astronaut At The Beach

Madame Le Chef and I went to Ocean beach on November 11 of this year. It was a mild day.  On walking down to the sand we saw a wonderful sight in the distance.

Since I only had my iPhone, I could not zoom in on this charming couple.

Madam Le Chef, always prepared, had brought an actual camera and she recorded the astronaut

The couple seemed to be a mom and her son. They were engaged in a photo shoot. In that magic time before adolescence crashes in, kids are happy to wear a spacesuit to the beach.

It was not a good day for surfing but boogie boarding was possible.

Although it was not yet 4 PM, the sun was low in the South and the shadows where long.

It was a beautiful day.

Friday, August 25, 2017

June 13, 2017: A Cloudy Day in Iceland Part 2

After the glacier, we headed to the seacoast town of Vik.

After lunch we headed down to a black sand beach.

There is a shallow cave that the waves have hollowed out in the basalt of the hill.

The basalt columns almost seem man made.

Turns out they are great for posing on.

After the photographic opportunities had been exhausted, we got on the bus and headed for another waterfall named Seljalandsfuss.

It was possible to walk behind the waterfall but it would mean that you would get wet from the windblown spray. The temperature was in the forties and, unlike the well prepared Madame Le Chef, the bureau chief did not have a down jacket. I elected to remain dry and Madame joined me in that. We watched our hardy comrades emerge at a distance..

It was interesting that the powerful waterfall ended in a modest sized stream.

Like many bodies of water and fountains in shopping malls, tourists had thrown coins in its crytal clear water.

Monday, August 14, 2017

To the sun

We're in August which in San Francisco is known as 'Fogust". We recently had to drive up to Marin County just to see the sun. The sun appeared just past the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. We went to Point Reyes Station for lunch. Here's a picture of blue sky over a rather dirty Studebaker Lark.

We decided to visit Point Reyes Nation Seashore. We reentered the grey but not the fog. We went to South beach which has some amenities.

There were six people in the parking lot but the beach was deserted.

There were signs of previous visitors.

Eventually we had some aerial visitors.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

June 13, 2017: A Cloudy Day in Iceland Part 1

We went on another, even longer, bus tour to the South East coast of Iceland. As the title of this post indicates, it was quite cloudy and there was steam coming out of the ground.

There were farms huddled below ominous looking hills.

We were never far from water.

Our first stop was at a waterfall called Skogafoss.

Various hardy souls wanted the view from the top of the falls.

The view from the bottom was fine with us.

 The next stop was the glacier Solheimajokull.

It's grey because the ice is covered with grey and black volcanic ash. A different tour group had crampons, ice axes and a dispensation to walk on the ice.

 Our group heeded this sign.

We were fine with that.