Sunset with Karl

One evening we were out and stopped by Bernalwood to walk around the hill and enjoy the sunset. It’s located just north of us here in San Francisco. It was a beautiful evening.

Bernalwood Sunset
The colors were gorgeous

We were slowly headed back to the car when I looked up and saw that Karl (The Fog) was moving in wispy tendrils along the top of Bernal Hill.

Bernalwood Sunset
Karl was aglow

I must confess. I’m having an affair. Lastech is well aware of it and he even helps me to indulge. You see, I spent the first 37 years of my life in the desert. While the desert can be beautiful, fog, rain and greenery are NOT plentiful. I simply adore Karl The Fog. He is one of my favorite things about San Francisco. I pine for him when he’s off somewhere and happy when he comes back. He was in a hurry and moving fast that night. Lastech and I hopped in the car and raced over to Twin Peaks. It was worth it.

Twin Peaks sunset
As you can see, Karl was magnificent.


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Clouds over Bernalwood

Tuesday, we found ourselves between storms and there were big puffy clouds over San Francisco, so off we went. Bernal Hill aka Bernalwood was our destination.


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The Hills of San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its hills. Bernal Hill is probably my favorite. As I mentioned in my last post, we went there to take a walk. The wind was pretty gusty so we stuck to the paved road that circles the peak. Usually we go to the South side of the hill as its closest to home, but this time we headed over to the North side.

Did I mention that it was windy? I don’t like wind. I really don’t like wind. I grew up in the desert and we had ferocious winds storms. Ok. I’ll shut up about the wind already. Here are some of my photos from the hill.

Bernal Heights
The blue flowers are Pride of Madeira (echium candicans)
Bernal Heights
Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) growing on the hillside
Bernal Heights
Nudist tree
Bernal Heights
Red Valerian and chert
Bernal Heights
Bernal chert with poppies
Bernal Heights
Chert


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Hill Hopping and a Sunrise

As most people know, San Francisco has a lot of hills. Many of those hills have parks and open space at the top. They make wonderful places to catch a sunrise or sunset, depending on location.

We started our morning on Bernal Heights. The area is nicknamed Bernalwood and is topped by a pretty grassy hill with a few trees and a microwave tower. It provides a beautiful vantage point for watching the sun rise over the bay. It also provides a great view of downtown and the Bay Bridge.

Bernal Heights
San Francisco and the Bay Bridge
Bernal Heights
Killer skeeter of Bernalwood

After the attack by the killer skeeters, we decided to hop to another hill and visit McLaren Park.

McLaren Park
Blue Water Tower at McLaren Park with San Bruno Mountain in the background

Looking back at Bernalwood from McLaren Park, I couldn’t resist another pic. It looks rather pretty in the morning light.

McLaren Park
Bernal Hill just after dawn from McLaren Park
McLaren Park
These McLaren Park snails were having breakfast

The pond below the blue water tower was as smooth as glass.

McLaren Park
This is the reservoir where the dogs go to swim and play on the weekends
McLaren Park
Pretty colors


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San Francisco at night

A few days ago near sunset, we made a trip over to Bernal Heights.  It’s a perfect spot for taking pictures of The City.  It’s also a great spot for watching the sunrise.

Bernal Heights
Bernal Hill
Bernal Heights
Looking toward the NW from Bernal Heights
Bernal Heights
Looking toward Marin in the North
Bernal Heights
San Francisco’s Financial District and the Bay Bridge
Bernal Heights
A closer view of San Francisco’s Financial District


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The Hills of San Francisco

The hills of San Francisco, with the Bay to the East and  Pacific to the West, offer many opportunities to enjoy magical beginnings and ends. As in dreams, many of those locations reveal themselves at the end of winding stairways, as unexpected treasures, often breathtaking.
People who live here share these places and moments with reverence and the instant friendliness of those who respect life in all its forms: their four legged friends abound and welcome newcomers and natives alike.
We took the following pictures at sunrise, a wonderful beginning to yet another day.  Bernal Heights is located just south of San Francisco’s Mission District.   For more photos and a bit of news about the area, visit Bernalwood, a local blog.

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights


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