Getting to explore Billy Goat Hill Park yesterday was a treat, but I admit I’ve been really stressed out—things are generally great, but I’ve had a lot of work on my desk. Work is ALWAYS welcome as a freelancer, but there’s been quite an avalanche  lately and I’m overwhelmed!! Trying my best to stay the course and get through it, but today I decided to try something different to give myself a little break.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo on my Instagram of the Martin Luther King fountains in Yerba Buena Gardens, and yesterday IG user @brandondeno gave it a heart—I checked out his profile, and found it was filled with really nice abstract images of iconic things and places. I really enjoy macro photography as well (it was the first specialized lens I bought for my Nikon!), and so today I decided to simply look for compositions (and return to being my own personal tour guide tomorrow)…

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SF Armory:



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Discount Builders Supply lumber yard:

What will these former trees become in their next life?

wood at hardware store (detail)

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Mailbox on Mission Street near Van Ness:

Zen inspiration for the day.

graffiti on mailbox

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Smoke shop fence on Van Ness:


gold-painted gate

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Construction site on Van Ness:

Outside the Lines.

construction zone

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Inset into sidewalk cement on Pacific Avenue:

Here Be Dragons!

(They are only three inches long, but still… Dragons!)

chinese dragon inset in sidewalk

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House number in Russian/Nob Hill:

Still works.


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Shop window on Nob Hill:

Here be fancy hats!


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Intersection on Nob Hill:

Cable car crossing.

close up of cable car tracks

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House numbers in Nob Hill:


house numbers

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Grace Cathedral grounds:

Art imitates life.

iron fence curl with ferns

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Grace Cathedral steps:

Shadow self.

stairway at Grace Cathedral

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And a few more of lady Grace, up close and personal…

door at Grace Cathedral

stone at Grace Cathedral

pelican on door at Grace Cathedral

stone at Grace Cathedral

door at Grace Cathedral

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Grace Cathedral:

I can’t help but appreciate that the dolphin-shaped door handle on one of the main doors has barnacles and other little sea creatures swimming along with it…

dolphin door handle at Grace Cathedral

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Nob Hill/Tenderloin building entryway, mosaic building number:

To infinity, and beyond!

mosaic address number

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That was fun… I hope you enjoyed this macro interlude.

Just in case, here is a photo of Taylor Street, walking down from Grace Cathedral and past the Masonic Center, if you are in dire need of a pretty view of the city and her hills today…Taylor Street hill

And these weren’t part of today’s walk, but they were part of today. My neighbor knew that there was supposed to be a good sunset tonight, and suggested we check it out from my rooftop. This would be my neighbor who is usually full of good ideas, and he continued his streak—

Wow! Too good not to share. Mother Nature does good work:

sunset over the Mission District

sunset over the Mission District

(click me to expand and zoom and scroll)

Where should I go tomorrow?

  • MILES WALKED: 6.6 miles
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Civic Center, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Tenderloin, Mission District
  • DESIGNATED LANDMARKS: Grace Cathedral (no. 170), State Armory and Arsenal aka SF Armory (no. 108)

map of July 19 2015 walk