Today, I had a few deadlines to deliver, and some errands that desperately needed attention—I knew I was scheduled to shoot an event later in the evening, so I saved my big walk until then and traveled around the Mission during the day.

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All of this walking and focusing on eating well means: going to the grocery and ending up coming home with all of this, and thinking “Man. California is delicious!” Again, feeling super grateful to live in a place where so much good food is readily available at my corner market…
fresh produce

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And on to my gig… I was booked to cover the Exploratorium’s After Dark event, which happens the first Thursday of each month. (In case you aren’t aware, it’s like the Academy of Science’s Nightlife event, when the museum is open at night for the 18+ crowd, and offers adult beverages and snacks for the embellishment of your museum-going experience.) I’ve been to the Academy’s Nightlife a few times and absolutely loved it, so I was excited to check out the Exploratorium’s version.

The city was gray and misty today. I walked down Market Street towards the Embarcadero…

This is a pretty engraved art piece in front of one of the new mega-condos… I will admit I’d always before been so distracted by the huge, tone-deaf slogans in the ground floor windows of the building, which try to convince passersby that this mega-condo is somehow ‘different’, that I hadn’t noticed it until today, but it’s quite lovely…

side walk art

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I usually like color and contrast for making pictures, but Market Street in the mist is a good subject for black-and-white…

Market Street building, foggy day

Market Street building, foggy day

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As is the Embarcadero! Close to the Exploratorium now…

Embarcadero

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The Exploratorium is on Pier 15, where it moved a few years ago. There is a photographic history of the impressive process of refurbishing the old Pier to be the museum’s new home on the walls of the main entrance hall, which is worth checking out. Pretty amazing what went into it! Great stories, and neat photos of the construction specialists who were involved.

The new space is wide an cavernous like the old space, but feels much more finished and cozy somehow. And of course, all kinds of fun things to play with…

exhibit at Exploratorium

exhibit at Exploratorium

exhibit at Exploratorium

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I am lucky enough to have helped wire and set up a fireworks display once (and then watch it blow up!), but hadn’t seen the inside of one of the shells…

exhibit at Exploratorium

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exhibit at Exploratorium

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This toy is impossible for a photographer to resist playing with!! So fun!!

(I have scoured the Exploratorium website, but can’t find the name of it… Do you know what this is? It takes a series of photos over a couple of seconds, like making flip-book pages…)

exhibit at Exploratorium

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I’m actually quite happy with the photos I captured of the event… if you would like to see them, they live here, in the SF Station galleries.

I’ve been walking so much in the day time, and I miss being outside at night! Was looking forward to the walk home. (This is the part where I say that just because I do something, doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent safe! I always stick to streets I know when I walk at night, but, you know, disclaimers and all that.)

Pier 15 and the crowd letting out…

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Misty streets, just above the Embarcadero…

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Traveling through colorful North Beach…

neon signs in North Beach

Vesuvius sign in North Beach

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I’m crazy about this building that houses Cafe Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s cafe, on the corner of Kearny and Columbus. It’s called the Sentinel Buidling, and it has a storied past and is on the list of San Francisco’s Designated Landmarks… and it looks particularly stunning all lit up at night…

July-2-temp

Designated Landmark no. 33

(And yes, I totally just printed out that list from Wiki and can’t wait to get on it like a scavenger hunt checklist!)

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Huh. I don’t know what this is. This is… a bunch of cool paintings and an eyeball that can read your fortune? No idea, but I love San Francisco for stuff like this. Will investigate and update…

window display in North Beach

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On through the Financial District…

The Financial District is busting during Monday-Friday, 9-5, but is an otherworldly ghost-town outside of those hours. I half expect a tumbleweed to roll by at any given moment. It’s sort of odd during day-time off-hours; something palpable is missing. But at night, I think all of the gorgeous old art deco and other fancy structures towering overhead the empty landscape are simply beautiful and somewhat calming to behold… Like an architecture museum…

Financial District building at night

Financial District street at night

Financial District building at night

Financial District building at night

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Nearing Union Square…

Financial District building at night

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And Union Square, with one of the heart installations…

(I wish iPhones handled low-light better!)

Union Square at night

Union Square at night

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Above and below, the Westin St. Francis, Union Square, and Powell Street…

Powell Street at night

Thank you and goodnight!


Where should I go tomorrow?


  • MILES WALKED: 11.29
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Downtown, Embarcadero, North Beach, Financial District, Union Square

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