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Found 19 results

  1. From the album: SojournerSF

    For use with The Sojourner of San Francisco: LTR/03: Loop the Loop, Nostalgia Divide by Zero The 1903 monument in Union Square is dedicated to Admiral George Dewey for his victory in Spanish-American War. The goddess Nike atop is modeled after San Francisco’s famous socialite Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, a prominent art patron. Spreckels’s other legacy in San Francisco includes California Palace of Legion of Honor museum, and Maritime Museum. Just behind Union Square, between Apple Store and Grand Hyatt Hotel is San Francisco Fountain (not shown) created by Ruth Asawa. Asawa is most famous for her wicker basket sculptures.

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  2. From the album: SojournerSF

    For use with The Sojourner of San Francisco: LTR/01: You Don’t Have to Be a Stranger, Says the Awkward Turtle Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long. Each tower is 746 feet above water. Construction started on January 5, 1933, and the Art Deco icon of San Francisco opened on May 27, 1937. It costed $23.8 million (about $1.64 billion in today’s dollar). When it opened it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It was considered an impossible task due the gusty wind of Golden Gate Strait. The Summer fog usually won’t scatter until afternoon, and it will descend to the Fort ground around dusk, obscuring the view of the beautiful red truss arch just above it. The famous saying, “the coldest Winter is Summer in San Francisco” is definitely true, so bring layered clothing if you’re visiting.

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  3. From the album: SojournerSF

    For use with The Sojourner of San Francisco: LTR/02: Pick Up Where We Left Off, or AKA, a New Beginning? Sutro Baths was the largest indoor swimming pool when it was completed in 1896. It could accommodate 10,000 visitors at once, and the 1.7 million gallons of water could be filled by Pacific Ocean in one hour. There used to be Sky Tram that ran from nearby Cliff House, took you above Seal Rocks and landed on Point Lobos just above. Just like the Baths itself, was a commercial failure. After the fire consumed it in 1966, it was left as a ruin and never got rebuilt. The stairs connect Sutro Baths to Lands End Lookout, which offers a spectacular view of this romantic ruin. There is even a tunnel near the end of the Baths to explore! The sunset anywhere near is the best.

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  4. From the album: SojournerSF

    For use with The Sojourner of San Francisco: LTR/02: Pick Up Where We Left Off, or AKA, a New Beginning? Rows of apartments near Ocean Beach, on the site what was once Playland amusement park until it was closed in 1972. You can faintly see Dutch Windmill nested in Golden Gate Park from here, too. Ocean Beach is a popular spot for activities: beach volleyball, fishing, campfire, or simply kicking the sands. Water activities is not advised, as Pacific Ocean brings rip tides. The beach is wide and expansive (about 3.5 miles) with white sands like that of a resort town. The Great Highway runs parallel to it along with O’Shaughnessy Seawall. Ice plants with yellow and purple blooms thrive in dune. It’s a great place to sit and listen to the roar of the Pacific and let the waves take away whatever is on your mind.

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  5. From the album: SojournerSF

    For use with The Sojourner of San Francisco: LTR/03: Loop the Loop, Nostalgia Divide by Zero In the corner of Broadway and Columbus is the San Francisco Designated Landmark, City Lights Bookstore. The independent bookstore was under national spotlight in 1957 due to its role in the publishing and retailing of the Allen Gingsberg’s Howl and Other Poems, which was charged under obscenity law for using direct language describing homosexual acts. The trial sets the precedent that a book with “redeeming social importance” is guaranteed of [U.S. Constitution] First Amendment protection. Vesuvio Café is famous for being the gathering place of many Beat Generation poets, including Allen Gingsberg, Jack Kerouac, and other celebrities like Bob Dylan and Francis Ford Coppola. The shared path between City Lights and Vesuvio is Kerouac Alley (after the Beat poet), which hosts many interesting murals.

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  6. Ashi

    And I Left San Francisco Behind

    From the album: San Francisco

    Yes, it was a gloomy day when I departed. I was the first person at the ferry that day. The surprise appearance of a drizzle gave me ponder, but no doubt it had deterred many tourists. I already ordered my ticket online, so I zipped my camera bag tight and took my chance. In a single file, passengers walked toward the gate. It was slow, but we were moving somewhere. By the time I boarded the ship of gold and blue, the flurry of water droplets had stopped. The svelte black lady in uniform welcomed me aboard, and I thanked her with a smile. From the bow, I walked with the wind to the stern, where I watched Royal Star left a marked trail behind. The gusty wind could easily knock me overboard, but the stars and stripes banner ravished in it. Goodbye San Francisco. Goodbye Bay Bridge. Goodbye Alcatraz. I am going to Angel Island.

    © Ashi

  7. Ashi

    Union Street Festival

    From the album: San Francisco

    Union Street Festival is an annual event that's held on (guess where) Union Street, featuring local art crafts and other merchants to present their products. Many young folks browsed the fair, some holding bottles of beer, while some waited in line to get into clubs on the sides of the street. Honestly it felt like a frat block party in the late afternoon. Cow Hollow neighborhood was built on former cow pasture. Only after 1880's, the city relocated the cows for public health reason. The photo was taken in Russian Hill neighborhood.

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  8. Ashi

    Alcatraz from Russian Hill

    From the album: San Francisco

    Each of San Francisco's neighborhood has its own distinctive look, but I think this photo summarizes the Bay side of the City very well. There are many stairs in San Francisco as the city is built on hills, and this view was presented to me as I came down one such stair in Russian Hill neighborhood. I was not the only person who took the photo as there were other adventurous tourists traveled by foot also grabbed it for the memento.

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  9. Ashi

    Rincon Hill

    From the album: San Francisco

    Those of you who have read my Museum Goers (and have visited San Francisco...), probably know the neighborhood I described is SOMA (South of Market Area). That area, especially during the time of Clency's flashback, was a run-down neighborhood. Part of SOMA is an area called Rincon Hill. With some research, Rincon Hill was once a fashionable neighborhood back in the 1860's. After 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the city burned to the ground and Rincon Hill was never rebuilt, unlike many other areas of the city. With Bay Bridge built, Rincon Hill became a distressed industrial area where you would see many dirty buildings and vagrants scattered to collect coins in paper cups in their hands. As soon as Dot.com era, some Internet start-ups and high tech companies begin to move into this more affordable segment of San Francisco. It has some effect on that area of the city, but not like what I saw the other day when I was here.... Look at this photo.... After some research, there is going to be SIXTEEN skyscrapers in SOMA over 400 feet. Two towers in this photo are already completed (left-most One Rincon Hill South Tower, and right-most The Infinity). The tallest (not in this photo) will be Salesforce Tower (named after the development company which probably owns quite of few of these towers, originally named Transbay Tower, since it is built on the former land of Transbay Terminal). Once completed, Salesforce Tower will be the second highest on West Coast at near 1,100 feet. Two of these new skyscrapers will be taller than the current highest building, The Transamerica Pyramid. After further research, the reason for so many developments in the area is because the new Transbay Transit Center (replacement of Transbay Terminal) will link the new High Speed Rail, Caltrain, MUNI, and BART via a second Transbay Tunnel), and be coined to be the Grand Central of the West. The new development will be done in Vancouverism in philosophy (skinny skyscrapers spaced apart, so there will be sun shine in the mixed-used lots and park area in between skyscrapers). I think I am going to visit the area one day to see how the area is changing its human landscape of SOMA.

    © Ashi

  10. Ashi

    Bay Bridge

    From the album: San Francisco

    San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. This is the view you get to see when you dine in the restaurant on the opposite side.

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  11. Ashi

    SF Embarcadero

    From the album: San Francisco

    This restaurant (Epic Steakhouse) has a lot of events it seems. I've seen it hosting weddings quite a few times when I pass through here, but that day it was like an office's casual meeting it seems to me. A strange location, right by the Embarcadero promenade where pedestrians passing through, but the view of San Francisco Bay is spectacular. I took this photo because it has an almost amphitheater look to it. So what view do you get to see? The Bay Bridge of the next photo.

    © Ashi

  12. Ashi

    SFPD Guardian Fireboat No 2

    From the album: San Francisco

    SFPD Guardian Fireboat No. 2. Bay Bridge in the background.

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  13. Ashi

    SFPD Fire Engine

    From the album: San Francisco

    I lost my wallet that day. Asked the three big firemen if they have found my wallet.

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  14. Ashi

    Cupid's Span

    From the album: San Francisco

    That giant bow and arrow is called Cupid's Span, by Cales Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Part of San Francisco's outdoor sculpture project that you can see throughout the city. Gift of Gap Inc. http://www.baycrossings.com/Archives/2003/02_March/city_welcomes_new_sculpture_cupids_span.htm

    © Ashi

  15. Ashi

    AT&T Park

    From the album: San Francisco

    AT&T Park (San Francisco Gaints's home stadium). Genentech benefits concert that day.

    © Ashi

  16. Ashi

    Cafe Vesuvio And City Lights

    From the album: San Francisco

    Vividly written stories are part of the stories of these two historical places in North Beach, San Francisco. As the words says on the entrance of Vesuvio Cafe, "We are itching to get away from Portland Oregon!"

    © Ashi

  17. Ashi

    Batteries To Bluff Trail

    From the album: San Francisco

    The hidden treasure of San Francisco is the Coastal Trail. A hiker is admiring the view.

    © Ashi

  18. From the album: Landscape

    One of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. This was shot at Marin Headlands vista point side of Golden Gate Bridge (north tip, Sausalito in Marin County, California). Post-processed a bit to give this dreamy effect.

    © Ashi

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