Monastery stones

On my most recent trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly the Strybing Arboretum) last August I discovered a fascinating bit of history just along the southeast edge near the main gate. Tucked behind the library, there is a quiet little patio surrounded by a collection of medieval stone blocks. These stones have traveled a very long way from […]

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Life along Highway 1

Although it runs the length of California’s coast, once north of San Francisco State Route 1 becomes a scenic two-lane roadway that dips and climbs as it snakes its way across rivers (like the Russian, the Gualala, the Navarro, and the Noyo) and through a lot of small towns, one of which is Point Arena, population 473. It’s all too […]

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Chinese Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion is a fairly recent addition to Golden Gate Park, perched at the east end of Stow Lake’s island. The structure was a gift to San Francisco from her sister city of Tapei, Taiwan, in 1976. Dedicated in 1981, Golden Gate Park received the Chinese Pavilion as a gift from San Francisco’s sister city, Taipei, Taiwan. The Pavilion […]

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City sights

I don’t think I could enjoy living in a bustling place like San Francisco for very long, but I do love visiting the city because everywhere I turn I find things I never get to see at home in the suburbs. It’s such a different environment with so much to explore that even the more familiar scenes shine in their […]

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The Adventure Continues… Richmond

This week I’m taking a break from the Golden Parks to take a look at another series that Huell produced: California Communities. In this episode he visits Ford Point in Richmond, and the former Ford factory in particular. This amazing and enormous building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. Once abandoned and on the […]

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Mexico Monday redux, Part 24

This week, a few slides that my Dad had arranged in sequence in the carousel showing some buildings and monuments. I’ve tried and failed to locate some of these structures, like the domed building above and the Catholic church below, but all these photos were shot around 1970 and 1971. Below is a familiar Mexico City landmark, El Ángel de […]

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Mexico Monday Redux, Week 18

It’s been quite awhile since I blogged Mexico Monday, but now I’m finally able to start scanning the final batch of slides. I’ve been wanting to re-scan these for such a long time! I’m also trying to present them in chronological order as best I can; in doing so I may repeat some images that I’ve previously published. Hopefully it […]

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Cottage of stone

There are just so many details to examine all over the grounds of the Empire Mine State Historic Park that I’m sure I didn’t see them all during my trip in April. I still have a keen desire to go back and spend more time exploring — and revisiting bits that I missed or that I didn’t capture properly with […]

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