Footsteps lead to destiny

I visited Japantown in San Francisco for the second time this past summer, and as I was strolling around before going inside the mall, I noticed this wonderful bronze and stone sculpture on Post Street. You can read the story behind the monument and each of the three panels here. The inscription on the third panel reads: Sojourners Visionaries open […]

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Views from the tower

I’m always up for a great tower view, and the Harmon Observation Tower, part of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, was completely new to me. While admission to the museum itself is not free, tower access costs nothing — all the more reason to check out the scenery of San Francisco from eight stories up.

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Transit Center

San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center officially opened in the late summer of 2018 — but only six weeks later it was shut down again, due to the discovery of cracks in the structural steel girders. Although I’d already seen the exterior on previous visits to the city, I finally got a chance to explore the inside this past August. I […]

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South African penguins

The California Academy of Sciences has a truly awesome aquarium on the lower level, but the South African penguins live at the far end of the African Hall — which is otherwise filled with non-living specimens (antelope, lions, etc). I arrived just as the keeper finished cleaning the enclosure and joined a small crowd of people watching these adorable little […]

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Wire and shadow

I first saw the work of Ruth Asawa at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco; studying one of her hanging wire sculptures, I found the shadows it cast just as beautiful as the piece itself. Some of her work is also on display at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, including the one shown above. Born in rural California, Asawa […]

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