Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hollywood Cemetery

One of my favorite places in Richmond VA is Hollywood Cemetery. I've already blogged about it but on my recent trip we went to a different part of it. This dog is guarding a child's grave.

People leave toys.

Apparently there was a fashion for fake tree stump tombstones in the 19th Century.

There was also a fashion for books.

This is a much more Classical approach.

As the stone wears away, certain features erode and others take on a bizarre prominence.

It's good for San Franciscans to experience real Autumn.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Mix

God's Crane.

We went to a different part of Ocean Beach where Pacheco St. meets The Great Highway.

Not crowded.

This figure seems to have dropped in from the Ming Dynasty.

That's him in the center.

A week and a half ago I made a lightning visit to Los Angeles. I went out to the desert to visit some friends who have a house in Yucca Valley, which is two and a half hours outside of LA. The sky was very nice.

Their backyard.

 Looking over their house towards some mountains.

 More sky.

 The front yard.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 17 2015

It's been a month since my last confession - I mean blog post! Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. All the following photos were shot on a sunny September 17.

Beautiful eye beam.

The death of Adobe Books was strongly felt by some longtime residents of the Mission. Although the overall design of the mural is not wonderful, I love the precise detail of the book covers, including "You Can't Win" by Jack Black (the thief not the actor). It's one of the bureau's favorite books. Feel free to zoom in.

Right next to that mural is, I assume, a comment on the situation.

All these murals are on Clarion Alley where murals get painted on top of murals. Here are some more new ones.



Homage to Zap Comix. The original cover was by the late Spain Rodriguez.

This corner shows the architectural history of the Mission.

On the left, two Queen Anne houses with store fronts on the ground floor. In the middle a commercial building from the 20s? On the right, a brand new apartment building. The commercial building burned a few months ago, driving out the inhabitants. It seems unlikely that it will be rebuilt.

Here's a mural not on Clarion Alley.

Finally, a bit of feral art.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Various Things

A collection of art, nature and a little architecture. We'll start with an anonymous art piece in the Emeryville Marina.

Bufano's Madonna in Fort Mason.

Wendy Ross's sculpture of Congressman Phil Burton in Fort Mason.

Fire Boat near Point Reyes Station.

Zhu Jinchi's boat in the Asian Art Museum.

Big snake in Golden Gate Park.

Big Sale on Clement Street.

Cuttlefish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Kelp Forrest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Heart of Darkness at 555 California Street.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Chapel of the Chimes

The Chapel of the Chimes is a large columbarium located in Oakland, CA next to Mountain View Cemetery. The present building is a 1920s remodel of the original building and was based on designs by Julia Morgan. The oldest rooms are presented as libraries with the ashes of the dead contained in "books".

The rooms are light and airy with tastefully chosen plants.

Other rooms are finished in a plainer style. In this room the vase holders unfortunately cast  noose-shaped shadows.

Skylights let in plenty of light and glimpses of the outdoors.

A king is interred here.

In typical American fashion there's an even brighter future coming.

The entire building is called The Chapel of the Chimes but it has an actual chapel in it that hosts concerts at several times during the year; however, its central function is shown by these boxes of tissues.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 11, 2015

I don't want to give the impression that the Pacific coast off San Francisco is constantly fogged in. We went out to the Sutro Baths this past Saturday in hopes of seeing some migrating whales. We saw one ambiguous splash but the view was beautiful.

There were an unusual number of small boats out at sea and also an unusual number of small planes above us. Presumably they had all read the same whale watching article in the Chronicle that we had. It was clear enough to see the Farallon Islands which are 30 miles away.

Here's a closer view.