This is my favorite place on Earth. Not this exact spot off of Deloris Ave near Alamo Square in the Pacific Heights District, though it is very nice. Instead, it is the whole area of San Francisco I love so much. Not only is it one of the most photographically beautiful area's in California, but as a friend of mine once said, "If you stand on a street corner in San Francisco and close your eyes, the city feels like it has a soul. It's unlike any other city in the world". I couldn't agree more. If you did that in any other city, not only would you look stupid, you might even get mugged, but not here in San Francisco. The "City" has something to offer everyone. Try sitting out on the Marina Green or on a blanket at Golden Gate Park sampling a little wine and cheese with fresh sour dough bread. Or how about walking around on the dock at Fisherman's Wharf breathing the salt air and eating a fresh shrimp cocktail on a cool summer afternoon.
Personally I prefer it close to the coast, the Richmond or the Sunset district is a good choice. The main reason for this is because I absolutly Love the Fog and it seems to be the thickest in those areas. Unfortunately, I do not have many pictures of the Fog, but then again, a clean white page could be substituted and look just the same.
The picture above and the thumbnail shots below are some of my favorite places in San Francisco. If you have never been to, or have in the past visited the "City" and would like to go again, just click on an image of your choice to display a full size JPG formated picture.
View of Coit Tower, otherwise known as Telegraph Hill. This is because at one time it was the tallest structure in the "City", and was used as a look out point to search for enemy ships comming into the bay.
Another view of Coit Tower, from the parking lot at the top of the hill with the sun approaching high noon.
Another view of Coit Tower, from the rear of the building set against a crystal blue sky illustrating its height. From this angle, you can see some of the detail of the tower that resemble the early 1900's fire fighter's hose nozzel it was modeled after.
View of the Golden Gate Bridge. This spot by Baker Beach is a place where I go to reflect, listen to the sound of the fog horns and the cry of the gulls, and gather my strength to face some of the battles of life
View from same location as above only a close up of the north tower.
Another view of the bridge, from Baker Beach with the salt spray from the ocean in the air.
Another view of the bridge, from high atop the Marin Headlands in early evening and the moon overhead.
Another view of the bridge, from the cliff atop the "Battery West" gun inplacement just west of the toll plaza.
A view I admired many many many times on my way to work in the morning. Ta' Heck with BART, You can't get views like this from a subway train
View of the main cantilever section going to Yerba Buena Island, with the lights of west Oakland shipyard in the background.
Another view of the cantilever section and the trestle and viaduct approach from the toll plaza. What is a shame is the fact that this picture and the one above will change as this structure will soon be torn down and replaced with a single tower, "Cable stay" suspension design bridge. A BIG mistake if you ask me.
Additional nightime picture of the bridge looking up at the bridge and downtown from a boat on the water.
View of the Palace of Fine Arts building in the Marina District. This building was originally built for the Worlds Fair Exposition in 1934. It was designed as a temporary facility, made out of "Plaster of Paris". Nearly 35 years later in the late '60s, it was decided that the building was not going to be considered "temporary" anymore and the city remodeled it, making it out of a substance more permanent.