Like the Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid helps define San Francisco‘s skyline.  When it was completed in 1972, the pyramid was the eighth tallest building in the world.  Its concrete foundation is nine feet thick, poured around-the-clock for three days straight. The exterior of the building is covered in crushed quartz which gives it its light […]

The one night I had free to practice night time shots in San Francisco, it was cold, windy, and foggy.  That’s to be expected in the City by the Bay year round, but it seemed especially so the night I was out with my tripod. On Today’s Date in the Past: Fostering Kittens:  Peek-a-Boo More […]

In all my visits to San Francisco, I’ve never been very pleased with any of my Coit Tower shots.  While this shot may be less than breathtaking, it is the first photograph I’ve taken of the art deco tower that is at least worthy of sharing. On Today’s Date in the Past: Fostering Kittens:  Peek-a-Boo […]

While San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is well known to locals and tourists alike, the shops and restaurants in the Ferry Building are a little less frequented by tourists.  One of the restaurants I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this trip was Hog Island Oyster Company.  In fact, my raw oysters and clam chowder were so good at […]

Alamo Square is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in San Francisco.  A row of Victorian houses on Steiner Street known as the “Painted Ladies” are often featured in photos of the city’s downtown area. On This Date in the Past: Trail Ride One Thing, Three Ways:  In ‘n Out Burger

Often confused with its iconic cable cars, San Francisco also has some pretty cool street cars.  (On a side note, so do Lisbon and New Orleans.) Cable cars run on steel rails with a slot between the tracks where an underground cable runs at a continuous nine miles per hour.  Cable car drivers cannot power the […]

Fisherman’s Wharf gets its name from San Francisco’s early days when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city to take advantage of its rapid growth fueled by the gold rush. On Today’s Date in the Past: A Visit to a Family Farm Deutsche Kirche (German Church) Volga German Haus