Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tiny monolith

Marin County and Angel Island are off in the distance.

Leggy hunter

Hydrangeas as light as sea foam

View from the Baker Street steps

The Lyon Street steps are quite famous, and rightly so (garden terraces aren't common here, so it is special), and so I somehow had never been down the Baker Street Steps before.

It's nice to have a lush green block on that steep slope.  

A red-fuchsia beyond the range of sensors

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Station J

Corner of corners

I know I don't have to display it this large, but it is so NARROW...


Once upon a time, it was a movie theater, rather than housing.

Hidden temple

It looks like a tiny columbarium...  


I've seen Caratoes' work before, and this fragment (the mural is 3x this wide) isn't her only piece in San Francisco.  

This was part of my 'wandering into alleys to look at the walls' Saturday.

Neon fragment (GWREX Hotel)

Stately school brickwork

Morning at the fancy pier

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Playing with the Instax mini film

With my planned photo outing waiting on better weather, I went out to see if I can figure out what the camera REALLY sees, since the viewfinder is intended for multiple film formats, and what the camera sees varies depending on focusing distance.  Sometimes, I guessed well.  Sometimes, I did not guess well.

Birmingham livery looking good

The woman in the ad sure looks happy about it.

Looooong musical mural

This is the first time I've passed this mural and could capture it without annoying people standing near it! It is SO FESTIVE, especially on a gray day like today.

This is by artist Johanna Poethig (, and it wraps around the building - these are just images from the Golden Gate Avenue side, there is more of it in Hyde Street.

Surface designed by the Master in Dr. Strange (not really)

Well, I'm joking, but only barely.  (Jeanne Gang's Studio Gang gets the credit.)

Little Saigon Lion

Night colors

This is next to the prior post, on Olive at Larkin.  I REALLY LIKE the colors and contrast in this one.  I've been trying to look up who did it, but the internet keep showing me a different, older mural there.  (Yes, I tried a Google image search using this image AND I checked at sfmuralarts pages for the neighborhood.  It showed me about six other images that have adorned the same wall!)


I think this piece is on Olive at Larkin.  I really like the greens.

I think this is character-based and is more graffiti than a mural, but I'm unsure that's a distinction I need to make...

Thai neon

Part of me thinks you would really need your neon artist to already know Thai to get the shapes right, but maybe I'm just hung up on my bad stroke order in my Japanese studies, which makes me doubt everything.  I'm sure neon artists are really adaptable!

Alley florals

This is in an alley called Wilmot at Fillmore, by artist Megan Montanti (sites are and  The colors are great (you know how I am about soft blue-greens), and I like the rough treatment of the upper edge of the piece.

Sad mask

It is such a CUTE sad mask! 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Good stamps

I love my postcard club! Lavtia, Russia, and Belarus arrived yesterday. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Lightweight camera testing (arm brace not shown)

The Lomo Instant Square is light enough to operate with one hand, but I still needed to push the shutter button with my right arm.  It wasn't too bad!

(I've got my right arm in a fancy support, but I can raise a cup of tea to my mouth, or reach up briefly to push a shutter button with one finger.  When I was recovering from reconstructive surgery on my left arm back in 2007, I used an antique twin lens reflex camera with a waist-level viewfinder, which I hung from my neck: I only used my heavily-braced left arm to steady it.  I see the difference now: the shutter controls are all set up for right-hand use!  D'oh!)

Apricot fog rose

Newer and Older West

The building on the right could be in an old-timey, Western movie, if it weren't for the neon in the window.  

Little City (elected eats)

Braces upon braces

First responder appreciation


This is at the former entrance to the main part of 659 Union, and part of a wrap-around-the-building series of murals you can read about here (  I'm an idiot for not photographing the artist's full name.

Hills: we have some

Glowing flowers

Coit Tower with foliage

Not the best lighting, but I need a reminder so I can return when there is a rosy sunset!

Floral summer festival

I don't know the name of these flowers! Scene looking up the Vallejo steps in North Beach / Russian Hill.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Good stamps today

Russia (top left), Japan (right), and Netherlands.