Tuesday, December 29, 2015

More Winter Light

The southern light was particularly golden the day after Christmas. Bollard art at San Francisco's Fort Mason.
A pier.
The Marina.
Blazing window.
Palm and buildings on the horizon.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Winter Light on Christmas Day

Ravens over San Francisco. This is for an old friend.

The towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. A telephoto shot from our deck.

The "New" US Mint building.

Sutro Tower with the sun in the south.

Friday, December 11, 2015

San Francisco Sights

A raven in the neighbors' fig tree.

A fire in a tire store in the Mission.

A group at Ocean Beach. They were only drinking water. AA? Mormons?

It's a bar.

It's a bookstore.

A tribute to Roger Ebert in the window of Dog Eared Books.

Mission Thrift.

Art with a dog and a pigeon.

"Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather." The world headquarters of Kink.com.

Friday, November 27, 2015


"Brooklyn" is a very good, maybe great film and I was very moved by it, but can't figure out exactly how it did this. The San Francisco Chronicle's long time film critic, Mick LaSalle, felt the same way about the film but had more insights than I did, so I'm linking to his review.


I highly recommend seeing this movie.

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.