Sunday, June 12, 2022

Hovering streetcar (filter assortment)

Are they attractive because they have two eyes and a sort of brow?  There is something to the design that is charming, and I suspect it isn't just the rounded corners, the glossy shine, or the fact that the bell on the front is controlled with a little string that goes in near the side window.

Summer hydrangeas

 Hello, neighborhood freshness (and spring-colored houses).

Latte swirl

 It was muggy today, strangely so, but I still wanted my almond milk latte to be HOT.

Nightingale (Claude Lane)


Claude Lane - New Mural

I wanted to see if Claude Lane's businesses survived the pandemic (the short answer is no), but while I was there, I had a chance to admire this new mural by 1AM Projects ( (I love the video on their splash page!).

This isn't their first mural in this spot, AND this is the same team that put up the Ingleside Pride (on Ocean), Ocean Avenue panoramic mural at Geneva and Ocean, and a meadow at a local power substation mural as well!  

It's lovely work, and I'm happy to see it.

My ferry - collectible cards

I have friend in floaty places! Also: I am a vehicle geek.  It's not just that I like boats, but when I look back on my childhood career fantasies (astronaut, firefighter, flight attendant), I see that they all had cool vehicles, and believe that was part of each role's allure.  (The flight attendants were so NICE to me, that I wanted to be them more than the pilots.)

Monday, May 30, 2022

Ship medley (from my weekday commutes)

I'm very much under the influence of my weekday bay commutes.  I do find ships visually striking, and now see them up-close every day.

Presidio Protea (29 May)


Container ships remain very large (29 May)


Wind for windsports (29 May)

The bay was busy with windsurfers and kite-surfers yesterday.  (Spot the foreground pigeon hiding over the bay...). It was windy enough that a kitesurfer too far away from the water got dragged down the beach and wound up wreaking havoc on picnickers and other windsports fans, who had to trap his kite to end the mayhem.  As my friend M said, the strong winds meant it just wasn't a good day to be an amateur.

Victorian in warm yellow (22 May)

 A visually busy corner that I find charming.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Kansas City Public Service (19 May)

 An attractive streetcar livery, in my view.

Hapag-Lloyd (19 May)

The containers are so nicely autumn-color-coordinated!

Downtown morning, from the Bay (19 May)

 Even at its great height, Salesforce still has the shadows of its neighbors upon it.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Signs of summer


Trimaran trimaran-ing (15 May)

It went unnaturally fast!  I was impressed.  (It often seemed to have just one hull in the water, which looked unbalanced...)

A very red ship (10 May)

SO RED!  It looks great with those clouds in the back.  (The spots are water flying through the air, kicked up by the boat I'm on with assistance from the wind.)

Glamorous entry (8 May)

 In black, gold, and sandstone....

Friday, May 6, 2022

Double Cherry time continues

The leaves are coming in, and the petals are blowing about, so be sure to enjoy them while you can.

Stormy de Mayo


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Little, feral frenemy

It wears a collar, but is the sort of cat that follows you around the yard, stalks you as you garden, rubs against your chair leg if you sit to be pet, but after two strokes it tries to claw your hands off.  (Today I wore heavy garden gloves, so its attack failed!)

SF Bay Textures with filters

The weather hasn't been dramatic enough to dominate my photos, so I'm playing with ordinary lighting, and exotic filters.  They are fun toys.

Ships are so VIVID (May 2)

Not only this ship, but so many of the ships - with bonus colors on the containers. The bold colors - reds, oranges, and vivid greens.  The contrast between the black and white.  It's all very satisfying.  If I could get closer with a medium format camera, my rust and valve studies would be EXCESSIVE.

Friday, April 29, 2022

My Alien Hatched Today

 Whoever thought this was a type of cucumber really has some issues.

Humpback Whale in San Francisco Bay (28 Apr)

 This was beyond exciting! Hooray for humpbacks! 

Ship in red, white, and black (26 Apr)


Pointillist Window View (21 Apr)


Monday, April 18, 2022

Compressed ship

 It's got some great colors, that ship.


 I enjoy water splashing on the windows entirely too much.  (And that is okay!)

Rain (or a new volcano) to the north

 Honestly, it looks like Mt. Tam erupted.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Cloud escape (April 13)


The sweep - cloud curve (April 13)


Bay Farm Texture (April 13)

 Universal office park style. (I'm here for the shadows.)

Wonderful Wednesday Morning (April 13)

 I told you my phone is filled with skies.

Any day that begins with a sky like this is a GREAT day to be alive.

Wet shapes (April 12)

 Wet windows lead to fun.

I love diagonal shadows (April 10)

 Most of my photos of these interactions are in monochrome...

Tower geometry (filter)(April 6)

 Yes, I am admiring the reflections in the interior verticals from a new angle.

Drama in the sky (filter)(March 15)

 The filter makes what is obviously fun MORE FUN.

Old details on a new building (filtered)(April 5)


Morning sky with Bay Bridge and Pier (April 4)

 It is a well-placed cloud.

Murder ball (wild cucumber)(April 3)

 These spikes are HARD.  This is a weapon, not a fruit!

Building with Meander (April 3)

The giant pin (bike rack) cracks me up.  Also: it's funny that we use Roman numerals on buildings: it's funny enough that we copy their ancient temple structure for banks, but going down to the numbering system level is amusing to me. (MCMXXII is a long way to say 1922!)

Hummingbirds like giant echium (March 31)

 And their wings move so quickly in low light that my phone can't capture them!

My phone is full of ships (March 28)

I was explaining to a friend what the purpose of smaller container ships are (the sort that can go upriver and unload in smaller ports), and it makes me think I'm spending too much time commuting.

My phone is full of skies (March 25)

While I've changed my method for posting here, so it is less spontaneous, it may be sparing you from nothing but an endless collection of cloud images.  I think that's good, but my sense of moderation of what I admit to photographing may be misaligned with what I actually photograph.