Category Archives: Walking

Love in San Francisco. (Weekly Photo Challenge: [Extra]ordinary)

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Shouldn’t love be considered, for lack of a better term–ordinary?

IMG_8072Seriously, shouldn’t love seem like, for lack of a better phrase–no big deal?

DSCN2626Should anyone care that the above couple spent well over an hour at the Cafe International (at Haight & Fillmore) doing nothing but that?

Unfortunately, it seems the answer is yes.

Do you consider yourself a reasonably well-informed person? So do I. Now consider this–what do you and I read in the news, see in the videos, hear on the radio? War, murder, mass shootings, executions, terror, sometimes discussed by people as full of anger, hatred and bile as the events of which they bloviate. If your knowledge of the world came solely from the news, you might not even know that love exists.

Good thing we can turn off our computers and televisions, huh?

Good thing we can take off for a walk in our neighborhoods, huh?

Good thing we can see people in love as if love was only ordinary, huh?

DSCN2628Hmm. She wears the pants, he wears the kilt.

Given that San Francisco is not Scotland, perhaps that counts as (extra)ordinary.

Vonn Scott Bair

Does Your City… (Weekly Photo Challenge: [Extra]ordinary)

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Does your city…have a bench like this?

DSCN2669Actually, probably yes; lots of cities like to convert mundane civic objects into objets d’arte. I happen to like this bench because it pivots 360 degrees. The bench represents part of a combination sidewalk park/recreation area called Outpost, and you will find it on Market Street near Sixth Street. These two gentlemen got a kick out of playing with the bench.

Version 2Outpost includes an unusual type of swing…

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DSCN2671…and a place to ask questions and solicit opinions.

DSCN2672Here is the main structure, complete with schedule of events.

DSCN2674All in all, another example of how San Francisco does things just like everyone else, only differently.

Vonn Scott Bair

New San Francisco Murals, 6 June 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid.)

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Living in San Francisco, possibly the world’s most “muralized” city in terms of murals per square mile, kinda sorta gives one an easy source of inspiration for vivid pictures. Erie Street in the Mission District, actually more of an alley, has served as a canvas for artists for years. The murals normally don’t last more than a year before replacement; here are four of the newer ones.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Flowers & Garbage Bins. (Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way)

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Saw this on the way to a lunch celebrating a co-worker’s birthday. Taken with an iPhone 6 Plus.

Flowers & Garbage Bins, Redwood Alley, San Francisco, California, 3 June 2015, 1:37 p.m.

Flowers & Garbage Bins, Redwood Alley, San Francisco, California, 3 June 2015, 1:37 p.m.

Vonn Scott Bair

Wood & Stone. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature)

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Explored Land’s End on Sunday in hopes of snapping a few long-range shots of the coyotes that have made San Francisco their home (yes, coyotes thrive in one of America’s most densely populated cities). Had no intention of getting close–coyotes have foul tempers on their good days, and they never have good days–but had no luck spotting any.

However, did find a number of interesting patterns shaped by nature in the wood and stone.

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Serendipity is a wondrous element of life–finding something you didn’t know you wanted to find can offer at least as much pleasure as finding what you wanted.

Vonn Scott Bair

SOMA Neighborhood, San Francisco, California, Saturday 18 April 2015.

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I happened to run errands in San Francisco’s SOMA (South OMArket) neighborhood during a good light day on Saturday afternoon and took a bunch of pictures of the area, originally a light industry zone rapidly turning into a residential neighborhood. Here are some of the decent and/or curious results.

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“Propane Sales” is quite a paradoxical shot. When editing it in iPhoto, I realized that I had applied the techniques of the American Photorealism painters of the 1960s to create, um, uh, well–photographs. Photos that mimic the style of paintings that mimic the style of photos.

Odd.

Vonn Scott Bair

A Serendip of San Franciscans, 3 April 2015: Commuters.

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For those of you new to The San Francisco Scene–Seen!, I recently made the arbitrary decision to use “Serendip” as the collective noun for a group of San Franciscans, and begun a series of photo essays of my fellow citizens engaged in a common activity. Today’s theme: Commuters.

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The above is only the fifth photograph taken with my new point-and-shoot, a Nikon CoolPix S9900, and the previous four were random test shots. So far, the results have please me, but perhaps not as much as this unusual mode of transit pleased its very young passenger:

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San Francisco’s public transit system does one thing very well: catering to severely disabled individuals. Recently I took a 19-Polk bus that at one stop disembarked two passengers in wheelchairs and then added a third, all in less than two minutes.These two awaited a bus at 8th & Market.

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Skateboarders can commute anywhere.

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Bicycling keeps growing in popularity: as bike lanes expand, so too do the number of riders.

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But some people and critters still prefer an old school mode of transportation.

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Vonn Scott Bair