San Francisco

Voyages of Rediscovery

November 28, 2015 California
Oaxaca, Mexico

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust – Over the summer, I did not travel — I returned. In June, I flew out of Hawaii and arrived in California, elated to catch up with family and friends I hadn’t seen in months, ready […]

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Songs for the Road No. 19: A Soundtrack for a San Francisco Dia de los Muertos

November 2, 2012 California

Day of the Dead has come and yet again I’m wishing I could experience it in Mexico. But as always, I’m also looking forward to the festivities here in San Francisco. In a city that loves to party publicly from May to October, Day of the Dead always seems to signal a transition into a […]

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

August 28, 2012 California
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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On Seeing Dolphins

October 17, 2011 California

“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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Photo Essay: Have Yourself an Urban Little Christmas

January 3, 2011 captured on memory card
San Francisco - Christmas Tree Through a Foggy Window

One night when I was in the Mission District, I decided to take some quick shots of some of the Christmas decorations I came across. There was nothing fancy, but it was charming to see a little bit of holiday color added to windows and sidewalk trees and gated doorways:

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Songs for the Road No. 5: Fog and Wind and Hallelujahs

August 21, 2010 local discoveries

We walk across the Golden Gate, trying to imagine the way the area once looked. The absence of a bridge and buildings, the abundance of vegetation and wildlife, the grizzlies that adorn our flag but have long since vanished from our state. Wind pushes the fog over the bridge like waves, splattering our faces with […]

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

May 20, 2010 California
B2B - Legos

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

April 5, 2010 California
A storm trooper wipes out.

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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