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Photo Essay: The Things I Loved About My San Francisco Summer

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Looking up at the redwoods in Muir Woods

This summer, I had a 2.5 month break and didn’t leave the country. I didn’t even leave the state. Ludicrous, I know. But without going beyond a 150 mile radius of San Francisco, I had an epic all-American summer and never felt like I was squandering my time by not leaving. So what makes an […]

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10 Things One San Franciscan Likes About Los Angeles

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In the vast and varied country of the United States, fellow residents tend to misunderstand each other as much as they have a tendency to misunderstand the world beyond. It’s disconcerting to see how many people form concrete opinions of other places based on very little knowledge of and experience in those places. I discovered […]

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On Seeing Dolphins

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“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S. Lewis. […]

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Introducing My New California Photography Blog

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Dear Readers, Like many others with a zealous inclination towards peregrination, when I am at home, I try to find ways to maintain the traveling spirit that invigorates me when I am abroad. This involves road trips, weekend excursions, and seeking out new spots to visit in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay […]

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Photo Essay: Holiday Healing by the Sea

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Though the pain that comes from losing a loved one is infinite, the immensity of it does dim with time. But special events and holidays can re-magnify the loss and make you recall simpler, happier days when all of the dining table chairs were full. My mom read somewhere that when a family member dies, […]

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Bay to Breakers 2010: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Funny

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It’s just before 8am on a mid-May Sunday morning in San Francisco. People celebratorily stumble down the streets as if it’s Saturday night. You see a group of people in coordinated gladiator costumes role playing as if it’s Halloween. As you walk towards the bay, you see little corn tortillas covering the ground as if […]

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Photo Essay: Shades of Spring at Henry Coe State Park

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After spending a day hiking in Henry Coe State Park, I could not fall asleep. When I closed my eyes that night, the hues of the day lingered in my mind. In my delight in their memory, I embraced the vivid images and relinquished a bit of rest. Verdancy with blankets of purple and orange […]

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That Guy Was Driving a Trash Can!: San Francisco’s Annual “Bring Your Own Big Wheel” Race

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One of San Francisco’s secrets is that Lombard Street is not the city’s “crookedest street”. Vermont Street, between 20th and 22nd Streets, is the true winner of that title. But unlike Lombard Street with its highly manicured vegetation and showy homes, Vermont Street is largely unkempt, “out of the way” and hard to photograph. With […]

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