Man, what a week! Nothing I can’t handle, but just one of those times when a bunch of small things pile up and cumulatively wear you out. (One being that the postal service, I’ve just found out, has only been delivering 10 percent of my mail for the past three weeks. I had started to think all of my clients had suddenly become flakey and even the junk mail people didn’t want to be friends anymore…) I had a shoot tonight, so I was planning on just staying in and working until I walked over to that event, but thankfully my neighbor hit me up to ask if I’d like to get coffee?

Good idea, neighbor. He’s full of good ideas like that.

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I suggested we take the pretty-pretty walk down to Philz 24th, so we started off down South Van Ness.

Color palette and shapes: mint-green iron work, dark ivory door, rusty-orange brick…

pretty gate in the Mission District

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Hydrangea and fluer de lys fence…

flowers in the Mission District

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All the large trees shading the sidewalks in this part of the Mission make for such a nice walk…

sunlit through trees

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Passion flowers are from outer space, I’m convinced…

flowers in the Mission District

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On to 24th Street. Shop window…

window display in the Mission District

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Coffee! Fresh mint at Philz…

mint at Philz Coffee, Mission

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One day, I’ll be able to publish a book entirely made up of No Parking signs cover in tagger/logo stickers…

07-11-15-PrecitaCatClub07

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Ah, Precita Park… perfect day for a coffee break in the park before settling down to work…

happy feet at Precita Park

red hair and glasses

flowers in the Mission District

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Short break, time to go back. Believer magazines, a book I worked on at my old day-job, and a few other volumes already found on my shelves outside a bookshop on 24th…

books outside book shop in the Mission District

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Hungry mail slot…

hungry crab mail slot

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Pale chartreuse house, blue sky, and dark reddish-eggplant tree on Folsom Street…

victorian house in the Mission District

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More Folsom Street foliage and architecture…flowers in the Mission District

victorian house in the Mission District

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I remember reading about what the heck these brick circles were before, but having since forgotten I looked it up again. They seem to be all over the place south of Mission Street:

water circle bricks

Redditor Robeleader says this:

“Part of the reason why the city burned (in 1906, after the earthquake and resulting fires) was there was no way to get water out to various areas of the city. The decision was that at various points throughout the city, giant cisterns of water would be filled and ready for us, needing only the breakage of a single brick to allow access.

As they tend to be in higher locations, it allows for pressure at any given time, thus allowing people to use the water for fire-fighting purposes.”

Lots of other neat info in that thread, including a link to a map of all the cisterns and the Auxillary Water Supply System. More info is on Atlas Obscura.

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I’ve always wondered what the story was behind the curious red and black church with German and Chinese signs on 22nd street…

Chinese Buddhist Hua Zang Si Temple

Ah ha! : It was originally built in the Gothic Revival style to house a Lutheran congregation about 1900, and has found a new life almost 100 years later as the Chinese Buddhist Hua Zang Si Temple…

Chinese Buddhist Hua Zang Si Temple

Chinese Lion door knocker

Chinese Buddhist Hua Zang Si Temple

chinese characters on Mission District church

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My lunch is pretty!

green smoothie, cucumber, and portabella mushroom lunch

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Work accomplished, off to shoot for Red Hots Burlesque at the Cat Club; took the SoMa part of Folsom, and then Howard Street, for my route.

St Joseph’s on Howard is an old, abandoned church that has sat vacant for as long as I can remember. The ivory and gold were perfect subjects when painted with golden hour light…

vacant St. Joseph's Church on Howard

vacant St. Joseph's Church on Howard

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It is on San Francisco’s Designated Landmark list (no. 120), as well as the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It just recently had it’s 100th birthday (built in 1913). It sits unoccupied after damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and for years developers have been saying plans to retrofit the structure and turn it into mixed-use office, retail, and assembly space were ‘just months’ away from approval, but nothing ever seems to come through…

vacant St. Joseph's Church on Howard

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I think it’s cheating to use a 100-year-old ornate building to fulfill my “they just don’t make them like they used to” dreams for office/retail space, but I imagine it will be a stunning space to conduct commerce in whenever it finally reopens… Personally, I would be over-the-moon stoked if I could find a way inside now, and have a chance to photograph it as-is!! A girl can dream…

vacant St. Joseph's Church on Howard

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Ughhh, so gorgeous!

vacant St. Joseph's Church on Howard

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Mirrored mosaic on the front of Presidio Knolls School catching the fading light…

mosaic on Presidio Knolls School building

mosaic on Presidio Knolls School building

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Adding to my collection!! 😉

No Parking, blue period…

No Parking sign with tagger stickers, in blue

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No Parking, red period…

No Parking sign with tagger stickers, in red

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Color and texture palette, Just Reds…

abstract - red door

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And some fine art by Mother Nature,

Blue Evening Sky with Clouds and City Skyline (H2O, O2, concrete, steel; 2015)…

pretty sunset sky over SoMa

My photoshoot was covering a burlesque performance by Red Hots for several bachelorette parties, so my “job”  tonight was capturing the antics and artistry of a room full of women (clothing optional), and lots of glitter, dancing, twirling, singing, celebrating, feathers, sequins, Ruby’s Special Hug, more dancing, acrobatics… It’s a tough life, I tell ya…


Where should I go tomorrow?


  • MILES WALKED: 7.82 miles
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Mission District, SoMa
  • DESIGNATED LANDMARKS: St. Joseph’s Church (no. 120)

(MAP TO COME)