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> Friday, March 31, 2006: Row Of Triangles

 
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A row of houses that caught my eye because it looked surreal in a strange kind of way.

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> Thursday, March 30, 2006: Water, Butter And Wine...

 
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...are the three things that make the world go around? Let's put some of you to work again (probably the locals): anybody recognizes this restaurant?

(we have two winners, see the comments)

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> Wednesday, March 29, 2006: Goliath The Pacific Heights Robot

 
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This is Goliath, a privately owned work of art installed in front of a house in Pacific Heights. The installation of the robot a few years ago had caused quite some reactions in the neighborhood because, as you can see, it is naked! This past Christmas, Goliath was even attacked and vandalized which explains why his head is leaning on the side right now. As you can see, Goliath has had some rough days, but he's still here, and standing!

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> Tuesday, March 28, 2006: Find A Title!

 
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This is the last one of those Union Square shots that I did 10 days ago that I'm planning to post, the other ones will remain in my private collection. But I'll probably do some more of that stuff in other neighborhoods in the weeks to come. It's pretty late and I wasn't sure how to title that photo - if you have an idea, please share and I'll update the title.

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> Monday, March 27, 2006: San Francisco Shadows And Colors: Green On White

 
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Some more Monday shadows and colors, with something a little different today as I've been trying to stay away from those walls and doors this weekend... the previous image can be viewed here.

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> Sunday, March 26, 2006: Anatomy Of A Cable Car

 
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Cable cars crossing path at one of the hilltops of California street, I just like their silhouettes, especially the bells.

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> Saturday, March 25, 2006: Chasing That Photo

 
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The fourth Union Square shot from last Saturday, I plan on posting one more on Tuesday (unless you ask for more...).

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> Friday, March 24, 2006: Somewhat Pacific

 
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The Pacific Ocean... which hasn't looked that pacific lately...

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> Thursday, March 23, 2006: Cell Phone Action

 
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And another Union Square shot... I hope you're getting used to this...

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> Wednesday, March 22, 2006: From Treasure Island To San Francisco

 
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A closer view of Bay Bridge which links San Francisco to Oakland via Treasure Island. The portion between Treasure Island and Oakland was damaged during the 1989 earthquake and is currently being rebuilt. All the factoids and history about the bridge can be found here if you're interested.

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> Tuesday, March 21, 2006: Window Shopping

 
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One more Union Square shot from this past weekend, maybe I'll post one every other day, there's just three more. Window shopping: an American/English phrase meaning to look into glass windows of a shop for entertainment and imagine purchasing items without actually purchasing... (source: wikipedia)

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> Monday, March 20, 2006: San Francisco Shadows and Colors: Turquoise

 
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To start off the week, a third photo in the shadows and colors series (the previous image can be seen here). To be added to the palette of San Francisco houses today: turquoise. Have a good week!

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> Sunday, March 19, 2006: It Wasn't Him

 
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There were lots of people on Union Square this weekend, lots of catching up to do on those shopping lists after the past couple of weekends we've had when the weather wasn't that good. This is one of the few shots I took but I can share more during the week if you want (just say so).

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> Saturday, March 18, 2006: The Crookedest Street In San Francisco

 
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You probably remember the Lombard Street photo in January, if not, I recommend you take a look at it and read the text otherwise, this is going to be hard to follow... So, here it is, Vermont steet, the truly crookedest street in San Francisco, located in Potrero Hill (see the map). This street has the same number of turns than Lombard street but on a shorter length and width, which makes it more crooked. Go see it on your next visit to San Francisco, there are many wonders in that neighborhood: this photo and this one were all shot in the same area.

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> Friday, March 17, 2006: Street Cleaning

 
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Let's end the week on something easier... Street Cleaning - which for most people in San Francisco is a synonym of: Parking Ticket. Street cleaning typically occurs once a week on different days indicated on parking signs. You're required to not leave your car there during the indicated schedule. If not, you'll get your parking ticket (just like if you don't follow this rule). On that note, have a nice weekend everyone!

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> Thursday, March 16, 2006: Art? Not Art?

 
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One definition of art: "Any human creation which contains an idea other than its utilitarian purpose." (Spinoza)

So what do you think of this graffiti on this photo? Art? Not art? (I'll count the opinions)

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> Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Happy Duckie

 
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I took this photo at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, very near to where this one was taken. On weekends, you will see people renting boats and cruising around. I like the place better without the boats and I bet the duckies will agree.

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> Tuesday, March 14, 2006: San Francisco Trivia: Can Anyone Name That Car?

 
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Alright, let's see if I can put you to work: can anyone name the make and model of that car on this photo? (snow update: I saw some snow flakes flying around me this evening... someone also sent me a photo of hailstones in Noe Valley, maybe it'll really happen this time - to be continued...)

we have a winner - see the comments

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> Monday, March 13, 2006: San Francisco Shadows and Colors: Green

 
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A different door, a different wall, a different color for the second image in the series San Francisco Shadows and Colors (the first image can be seen here). Today's color is green for St Patrick's day.

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> Sunday, March 12, 2006: Snow In San Francisco

 
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Based on the weather forecast (and a little pressure from Michael), I have been looking for snow this weekend. As I was getting desperate finding any, I started exploring options: ice in my freezer and... foam on Ocean Beach. I figured you would enjoy seeing Ocean Beach a little more than my freezer, so that's what I picked for today's photo. Bottom line: it hasn't snowed in thirty years in San Francisco, but I'll keep an eye out. I read it has snowed this weekend in surrounding areas though.

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> Saturday, March 11, 2006: Montmartre

 
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For being a lover of the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris, I was pleasantly surprised when I first found this place in San Francisco close to Buena Vista park. Eric, I wish you a happy one year blogging anniversary! (for the record, it's after seeing Eric's blog that I decided to start San Francisco Daily Photo)

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> Friday, March 10, 2006: Black And White Trails

 
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> Thursday, March 09, 2006: Colorful Standing Freebies

 
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Almost at every corner in the city, you will find these colorful boxes that let you pick local free newspapers. I don't find these particularly pretty, but it's convenient to have access to those papers pretty much everywhere. I would say that SFWeekly is probably the one that I pick up most often.

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> Wednesday, March 08, 2006: Oscar Night (or pretty darn close...)

 
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I took this photo on Sunday evening and I really should have posted it on Monday but I forgot about it... So, a few days late, here's a photo of Oscar Night which took place on Sunday followed by about 40 million TV viewers in the United States (one of them featured on this photo). If you're interested in the results of these Awards or want to see some footage, this is the place to go to.

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> Tuesday, March 07, 2006: SOMA Banality

 
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It's been a while since I introduced a new San Francisco neighborhood, so... (drumroll please) introducing... South of Market - a large district located South of Market street, hence the name and hence its commonly used abbreviation: SOMA. I'm not going to hold the suspense any longer (and maybe the title of this post gave it away already anyway), but SOMA is by far my least favorite area in the city. In my opinion, it is a patchwork of architectural desolation. It's very industrial, souless, and a nightmare to drive through (one way streets, potholes that could swallow a mini cooper and the streets take a 45 degree turn as you get in the area from the north which is pretty disorienting - see map below). The area has a few pockets of interest though. When you get close to the financial district, you'll find hotels, some pretty nice stores and museums (for example, the Museum of Modern Art is there). The area also hosts over a hundred nightclubs, and about as many furniture stores, which is convenient. Even more interesting is probably the area around Folsom street and 11th street which is known as the heart of the leather and S&M scene. The city has been redeveloping this area for decades and in different ways (or with some change of plans - however you want to look at it). These days, it's working hard at making it a true neighborhood that people will enjoy living in: grocery stores, restaurants, new apartments, etc... This photo today illustrates my feelings pretty well: an attempt at making something souless more interesting. As San Francisco rock icon Janis Joplin would say: "try just a little bit harder" please.

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> Monday, March 06, 2006: San Francisco Shadows And Colors: Red

 
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Since I do quite a bit of abstract photography and haven't dared to share any on this site, I decided this weekend that I would make a commitment and share one abstract photo each week. I thought I could do it each Monday, hoping that (with some luck) these could be bring some inspiration to start the week. So, I'll start with a series called San Francisco Shadows And Colors: a different shadow and color each Monday. Let's see how it goes... Today's color is red, with this wall I found in a backstreet of Chinatown.

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> Sunday, March 05, 2006: Skateboarders

 
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I'm not sure if skateboarding at the Embarcardero Center is a religious ritual, but there seem to be skateboarders there every Saturday and Sunday. Anyone knows if they're there on weekdays too?

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> Saturday, March 04, 2006: Tree Falling In Lafayette Park

 
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Today at around 5 pm I heard a huge noise, followed by some screams, and shortly thereafter some sirens. A tree had fallen on a group of people in Lafayette Park. Luckily, only one person from the group was truly under the tree and apparently only suffered from minor injuries. This was quite an extraordinary scene and I'm guessing this is a late result of the strong winds we've seen in the city these past few days. It was impressive to see how rapidly the SFFD and SFPD (and SFDP now that I think about it) were on the scene. I'll be checking for some news on the injured person tomorrow but let's hope for the best.

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> Friday, March 03, 2006: Flower Pots

 
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It looked like those guys were anxiously waiting for their flowers when I saw them. As I happen to pass in front of them every once in a while, I'll keep you posted on the progress. Have a nice weekend everyone!

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> Thursday, March 02, 2006: Shaklee Terraces

 
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This is another one of those modern buildings that can be found downtown San Francisco. I am not sure which company this particular building hosts (anyone knows?), but if I had to hazard a guess, I'd say it's a bank... It's interesting to know that however futuristic this might look today, this was built in the late 1970s. The rooftop features a terrace with some greeneries that you can actually see on the map link below. More information on this building and how it compares with others in the city can be found here.

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> Wednesday, March 01, 2006: Vera Eldora

 
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With no transition whatsoever from last Monday's photo, this is a photo of the Presidio Military Cemetery. If you're interested, you can read some information on this cemetery here.

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