During my mom’s visit last month we went on a boat ride in the San Francisco Bay. I thought I’d share my snap-by-snap photos of passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Even though I live here I never get tired of it!
I’ve shared this image before because I’ve photographed it several times when walking down Haight but I never knew anything about the artwork before. SF Weekly just shared the history and info about this piece that I now know is called Bosque de los Alebrijes.
Some of what I learned:
- It’s by San Francisco artist Jet Martinez who has done 30+ murals in the Bay Area.
- It was created in 2012.
- It’s not the first piece of art in that spot.
- “Alebrijes are Mexican wooden sculptures of fantastical creatures.”
- The changing light through the day makes the colors look different. (I never noticed – I’ll have to keep an eye out next time!)
It’s located at 1301 Haight Street.
It’s been quiet all week on the blog because my mom came to visit and I was too busy enjoying her company to get on the site. In addition to just spending time together and talking about tons of things, we packed in a lot of San Francisco fun.
We spent a lot of time with Lucy – walks, parks, playdates
Saw the swans at Palace of Fine Arts Visited the new-ish Disney Museum for the first timeCalifornia Academy of Sciences
Georgia O’Keefe exhibit at DeYoung Museum CityGuides SF Gold Rush History Walking Tour Smitted liquid nitrogen ice creamSharing that ice cream with Lucy
Watched the basketball game at Thai Stick Lovely dinner at a friend’s house Dinner Party at My House for St. Patrick’s DaySpending time with a friend’s baby
Boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge Pier 39 Sea Lions Castello di Amorosa wine tasting and tour Sha Sha Higby Solo Dance Performance at Theatre of Yugen / NOHSpaceOcean Beach
Several years ago I participated in a wonderful photography project called I Live Here: SF. I was one of the first to participate, seeing a post on a blog looking for people willing to be photographed and to share their “San Francisco story”. That was when I met Julie. Julie went on to photograph so many wonderful local people in so many different settings in San Francisco. The collection she came up with was amazing and it was exhibited as a solo exhibit at SOMArts as well as put up for awhile at San Francisco City Hall. I was thinking about this project recently because I went to SOMArts for something else and I wanted to take a look back at my part in the project.
The Photo Shoot
The full photo shoot, done in my North Beach apartment (where I lived at the time) and around the neighborhood there can be seen on Flickr. A few of my favorite shots:
Late January marks the start of Cherry Blossom season here in San Francisco. It always makes me happy to see these flowers, which stay alive only briefly for this short part of the year.
While the rest of the country was immersed in snow, things here were mostly nice weather wise. We decided to embrace this by renting a Zipcar and getting out of the city for a few hours.
First we had to climb the stairs on California Street to get the car …
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Last week I went to the Maker’s Faire, which is the Friday night event associated with the annual Edwardian Ball. I’d seen many photos and posts and heard tales of Edwardian Ball from others but had never been before. So I finally went and it was lovely fun.
We played games. I was best at Skee-Ball. I was excited when the gal at the Shooting Range booth showed me the right way to shoot a rifle and I actually popped one balloon. I skipped the Cyclecide spinning bicycle.
We watched shows.
This past Christmas I went to my Tucson hometown to see my little sister graduate from college and spend the holidays with my family. While I was there I went to some of my favorite old attractions (Winterhaven, Old Tucson) but I also visited a lot of places I never actually went to when I lived there (Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak, Pima Air and Space Museum). It was lovely to play tourist in my hometown for the week.
Pima Air and Space Museum
We randomly decided to go check out this airplane museum near the air force base, which I’d never thought about going to before. My mom had been there a long time ago but she said that it’s way bigger now. It was stunning how many aircrafts were on display here in a number of different hangers, as well as outside, plus there are exhibits about the space exploration stuff. Really actually quite impressive.
I knew the basics about Biosphere 2 because it was a big deal when it was a living project back when I was a kid. However, I’d never been there to visit. My brother, sister and Dad had been there once before but they said that at the time there wasn’t a lot to see. We went and checked it out and they have formal tours.
You learn a bit about the history of the place. Basically there were two different groups who lived here trying to be self-sustainable inside the mini-earth that it is. There were ups and downs, which are well documented in the writings from those people. Since then it’s become a place for various kinds of research, first under one university, then as a privately owned place and now under the University of Arizona.
It was amazing to see the different environments that are built here under one roof, from a rainforest to a desert climate. And it was cool to see the underground workings of the place. It was neat and worth a visit for sure. Plus it’s a nice long drive out there (north of Tucson) and I got to enjoy lovely desert views, spotted a roadrunner and generally just felt like I was really home again.