San Francisco Pictures
Here are some pictures from December, 2004. Read all about them
At Saint Mary's Catherdral. I no longer do the Catholic thing, but I do
appreciate a cool building.
This picture was taken by a passing stranger while
the camera was accidentally set to "sepia". Oops!
A shot of Alcatraz in the haze.
Another passing stranger took this one of me on my approach to
the bridge. Of the three passing strangers who took shots of
me on this trip, this was the only one with a sense of
composition. In other words, I am glad to have a shot where
a prominent background element does not appear to be protruding
from my head.
My "postcard shot" of the golden gate bridge. The brick
structure in the lower left is a civil war-era fortress,
which was intended to protect the bay. Further up hill
(not shown) are some earthworks that were later built for
the same purpose. Apparently after improved artillery
made the traditional brick forts useless, they were
forced to upgrade their technology from brick to dirt.
I'm not sure what they are using now.
I took this shot on my last ride of the trip, from a hill
overlooking China town (the highest point of that ride).
In the distance, one can see what had apparently just been
dubbed the "Emperor Norton Bridge" by the San Francisco city council.
This was a bit of a controversy in the local papers, as
Emperor Norton was once a local gadfly (OK, crazy person) who amused the
people of San Francisco by issuing his own currency, along with various
decrees. Lacking a crazy fake emperor of their own, the people of Oakland,
who are joined to San Francisco by the Emperor Norton Bridge, were not amused.
At this point in the story, I left for home and so do not know
how it turned out, but it was amusing (Hoteliers
take note: USA Today bad, local paper good).
This trip wasn't all work and biking - some partying also ocurred.
L-R: Chris, Sue, Leon, Barbara, Jonathan
Jenny, Leon, Barbara - the party people.
San Francisco Pictures / Jonathan Krall / revised May