Thursday, December 31, 2020
The beach was popular today, but in a physically distanced, safe, responsible way.
Also: Slow Streets still has all of the Great Highway OPEN to pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and all other non-motorized recreation, which means the roadway was filled with more socially distanced exercise. (It's always so strange to hear pedestrians speaking about the road being "closed," just because cars aren't on it...)
This is the Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park, along with a house associated with its keeper. (You can read about this windmill here at Wikipedia.) It was theoretically the largest in the world at the time of its construction in 1908 (because: Americans). It was disassembled for repair for years, and so I'm still surprised to see this restored version.
Yes, I took too many photos of it, especially its blade-side. (I'm sparing you those today.) Yes, I'm just appreciating the scale and profile of it here, and the little family picnic scene in the foreground.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
All in a day's mail: stamps from the UK, the Netherlands, and Taiwan!
These kinds of stamp collages are a sign that my pen friends are rather SERIOUS about their mail.
Note that the Taiwan stamp on the right excited me too much, because it's a fruit I haven't tried. The translated name appears to be "Thai wax apple," which is a specialty of Taiwan, but I haven't seen one in real life yet.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Northeast more than east, I suppose. The hills in the background include (left to right): Golden Gate Heights, Forest Hill, Twin Peaks (marked by red and white striped Sutro Tower to the left of its range; the peaks are hidden in trees), Diamond Heights (probably), and Mount Davidson (with a concrete cross on it). There are other hills in the foreground, but they don't all have names - our city is too hilly for that outside of real estate listings.
We are so lucky to have a large, natural lake here in San Francisco...
It is such a shame that it is surrounded by cars. On the east side in particular, cars operate at nearly freeway speeds, and you can see the worried look of parents on the shared sidewalk/bike path as their kids wobble beside cars zooming past...
Friday, December 25, 2020
I should share more images of the lovely stamps my pen friends use... Since I write a lot of postcards and letters, and have a few friends who write back, I've got some nice international stamps going back to... 1984? The Postcard stamps from Postcrossing are especially nice, and I should show more of those off here.