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!
Until recently I never really paid attention to the mosaic mural on the wall of the Powell Station MUNI station (before you go down the elevator to get your ride). Lovely, actually.
On my walks with Lucy I’ve been watching a huge building in the area come down. I didn’t know anything about the building but got curious after seeing how large it was once some of the walls started coming off.
During my mom’s visit we went to the Disney Museum. It opened a few years ago but I hadn’t been to it, yet, so it was cool to check it out. There are ten rooms of exhibits, each focusing on a different part of Disney’s life and work. Each room has tons of photos, videos and information. You could probably spend all day there if you wanted to! They also have a theater (playing Cinderella when we were there) although we didn’t check it out this time around.
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:
My Japantown neighborhood is populated by tree-lined streets. Many of these trees seem to have wild mushrooms growing in them.
They pop up almost overnight, grow wild and then decay.
Although sometimes they disappear before decaying. I assume they get taken by urban foragers but I don’t really know for sure.
I’ve never been bold enough to try them myself but I love looking at them grow and change on my walks in the area.
Finally getting around to posting some photos from my fun time a few weeks ago at the Sha-Boom-Boom-Room drag/burlesque show at Rebel. I thought it was fun to see the two performance styles side-by-side in the same show; they are arts that have similarities and differences and it was great to juxtapose them in this fun way.