Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring Flowers #2

Needs help in identifying this flowering tree.
Flowering white pear.

Flowering cherry.

Plum blossoms.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Woody Wonder

General Sherman calls SEQUIOA NATIONAL PARK home. Worth a visit every chance you get.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Other Rodin Works @ Legion of Honor

"The Three Shades"
"St. John the Baptist Preaching"

"The Age of Bronze"

"The Clenched Hand"

"The Kiss"

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Year of thePig Festivities

On March 10, San Francisco Chinatown celebrated the start of the Year of the Pig with a street fair. Crowded does not seem to cover it. Grant Avenue, Chinatown's main artery, was closed to traffic.
One of the booths in attendance was one from Harrah's Casino/Reno. They sent a showgirl who was there to take pictures with the guys. There was a line for the picture taking, I did not go. Another stop worth mentioning was a made-up stage where a male emcee was acting like Ryan Seacrest and asking these poeple to sing via karaoke (alll in Chinese language). One middle aged lady came to the stage, answered questions, then started to sing. On the first two bars of the song, we knew even if we dont speak Chinese, that she was out of tune. Everyone heckled her. That was fun. I mean, everyone was laughing, Chinese and nonChinese alike.

There were a lot of freebies around. But one needed to be patient to stay in line for a very long time. This one for McD give-aways had the longest line. This is just a portion of that line.

While the atmosphere was festive, I was a bit disappointed for the lack of street food/food booth. I guess the fact that the restaurants were all open had something to do with that.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Weekend Photos

The closest walking path is by the creek. It's particularly lovely this weekend.

Here is where the creek meets up with the Bay before going to the Pacific.

Birds and ducks call the creek home. Very slowly and quietly, I walked closer to get this shot.

The shoreline is a good place to walk and watch the sunset. This particular day with the temp up to 82 on a winter day (technically, that is), may kids found a dip in the bay a way to enjoy the day. I did see this same kid swimming under an adult supervision, but I dont think this water is clean for swimming.

Further along the shoreline is the refinery. Yes, this part of the Bay is home to several refineries. Despite that, the Bay Area still commands the highest gas prices in the nation. Go figure.

The first time I found a whole tree trunk swept off to the shore. Someone spray painted Fish On, probably due to the fact that despite its proximity to the refineries, this part of the bay is frequented by fishermen.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Double The Fun

Plumas County. 2004
May I just say we had a glorious weekend, weather-wise. I had gone for walks on both days and have snapped to my heart's content and will post these very soon. Today was a repeat of this weekend.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Going Floral

Thought I'd change pace with a floral delight. Taken late summer of 2006. Mom's climbing rose.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Another View

"I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved." ~~ Mark Twain
(Coit Tower in the background, Ferry Bldg. Clock Tower in the foreground. Taken while crossing Bay Bridge.)

Monday, March 05, 2007

I Left My Heart

"I'm proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world." ~~ Joe DiMaggio, at his 50th b/day party.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Thinker (A. Rodin)

The Thinker seems to be saying, "Don't bother me, I am thinking here!"
Taken one beautiful September day, Legion of Honor, SF.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Golden Gate

"You wouldn't think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable cars whizzing down The City hills~. And all the people are friendly."~~~Dylan Thomas.