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 (hoodline.com).  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.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Blue grids

Sometimes, I suspect that digital drafting has had an impact on architects.  I'm just guessing, here.

Portholes and screens

For a somewhat plain building, I sure have a lot of photos of it...


I crack up at the side of the awnring, where they are yelling, "BEEF!"  It's a warning, like "FIRE!"

Sunshades (Where the corn mural used to be)

I didn't recognize the entrance to Balmy Alley, because there is a large, bright distraction there.

Victorian with fantastic mural

I *LOVE* my old neighborhood...

I came home and searched for "Perez Mural 24th Street"and found more information for this altar-themed piece in remembrance of a handful of people who died due to law enforcement policies or direct violence.  It is called, Alto al Fuego en La Misón (Ceasefire in the Mission), and you can read more about it at the Mission Housing Development Corporation website.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tiny iris (?)

Victorian frosting

While I think of houses as 'custom(ized),' I forget that many adornments were available from a catalog, and that neighbors must have had a sense of competition about how MUCH decoration they could add...

Everything in the terra cotta catalog

The first photo I took of this (also out of a bus window) rendered as gray rather than this warmer color, for no reason I can discern.

Variable verticals

Old neon

I've read some stories about this hotel on Twitter from someone who worked the years ago... we encouraged him to write a book. :)

Grand summer evening with shadows

The City remains largely boarded up, but there are murals everywhere, which softens the blow ever so slightly.

I like the figure, and the shadow above him...

Shiny insect

Those iridescent colors almost persuaded me to buy a very expensive set of pastels that mimic that effect...  (I was only saved because they are chalk (rather than oil) pastels, and the dust gets to me.)

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Terracotta time


I'm glad the City and/or non-profits have commissioned murals for our many, many, too many boarded up businesses.  


Mural (with City Lights Books tribute)

Bar with irregular edges

Mega bee

Artistic bean

Always loving the palest blue-greens

More streetcar fandom