The Friday Cyclotouriste

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On the Road……Marin Headlands toward Pt. Bonita

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It’s not obvious from the picture, but this fellow is chatting away on his mobile phone while taking in this awesome view.

To get to this spot I went through an old WWII tunnel off of Conzelman Rd. heading toward the southwestern tip of Pt. Reyes. Then, I scampered up a ridge going to the summit of Hawk Hill (where volunteer bird watchers tally an average of more than 9,000 turkey vulture, 9,000 red-tailed hawk, and 4 bald eagle sightings each year). But before the ridge turns toward the summit, through a stand of trees, there’s this awesome view looking toward the lighthouse.

In the middle of the tunnel, on the way up to this spot, is some graffiti suggestive of the famous cave art of Lascaux. Lightning was awful (about 80 percent darkness), but I used a tripod and a 25-second exposure to make this image.


Finally, here’s an example of some of the new road work on the way to the lighthouse (the view is looking back to the east — with the guardrail shielding a precipitous drop-off to the ocean).


I’m taking a leave from my National Park Service (NPS) photography duties. So these three images will likely be the last I’ll post from this gig.

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February 10th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

On the Road……San Francisco: January’s “Warm Wave”

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It’s been really warm this past week (70s in some spots) and it’s only January! Many trees are starting to flower if you can believe it. Great for cycling, not so great for the fruit trees (presuming it gets cold again).

Anyhow, the above image was made from the bike path on Lincoln Ave. above Crissy Field. The image below is from the same spot, but looking north.

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…and below is a close-up of what was happening down on Crissy Field (I made this with a very long telephoto lens). All three are archival images that I produced as a photography volunteer for the National Park Service/Golden Gate National Recreation Area. I’m grateful to be able to share the images and for the chance to volunteer in the GGNRA. Here’s a link to all their volunteer opportunities in case you’re interested.


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January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

On the Road……Sutro Baths, Cliff House: San Francisco

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Here are a few more of my photos from outings for the National Park Service/GGNRA.

Above, the cyclist is making his way up the hill just past the Cliff House. Beyond the picket fence is a steep cliff dropping off to the Sutro Baths ruins.


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December 19th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

On the Road……Trees of Fort Mason II: the Norfolk Pine

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norfolk-pineThis is a Conifer species that was new to me, the so called Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) which is endemic to a small eponomously named island in the South Pacific. Norfolk Island looks like quite a vernal landscape with low temperatures rarely below 50 degrees F (and high temperatures rising to only about 80 degrees F), which may explain why this specimen appears to be doing quite well in San Francisco.

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December 10th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

On the Road……Trees of Fort Mason, San Francisco: Monterey Pine

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Grand old Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) with Alcatraz visible in the background.


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December 8th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

On the Road……Fort Mason, San Francisco

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I’ve recently begun some volunteer photography for the National Park Service in the GGNRA and therefore have been spending time around Fort Mason.

I’ve fallen in love with some of the trees scattered around this historic military base. I will post a few pictures soon.

Meantime, here’s a picture of a cyclist cutting through Fort Mason, probably on her way toward the Marina neighborhood.

Note: that’s a Metlife blimp slipping behind the chapel’s bell tower in the image above.

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December 7th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

On the Road……The Warming Hut, San Francisco

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These are vistas from near The Warming Hut — a touristy, but perfectly located place to stop for a snack (at either the picnic tables or at the cafe).

I didn’t try their coffee, so I cannot comment…Perhaps next time.

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warming-hut-2Beyond the bicycles, a little of the San Francisco skyline is visible (note the gold dome of the Palace of Fine Arts).

bikes_coffee-cup_ggbThat’s not my coffee cup, really.

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October 13th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

On the Road……A picnic table near Fort Point, San Francisco

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Some photos made last month (looking northeast from a picnic table about half-way between the Bridge and Crissy Field).

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October 11th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

On the Road……SF’s Golden Gate Bridge, Westside, North Tower

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September 15th, 2010 at 11:03 am

On the Road……SF’s Golden Gate Bridge

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September 15th, 2010 at 10:59 am

On the Road……Guerciotti on the Golden Gate Bridge

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I recently did some exploring around the Golden Gate Bridge (and down by The Warming Hut).

This view is from the western side of the bridge looking toward the south-west. I believe the Seacliff/Richmond neighborhood is visible in the background.

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September 11th, 2010 at 7:53 am