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Foggy Karenina: The End

Yes, it’s time to end a series that has gone on almost as long as the Tolstoy novel itself. I hope you’ll now agree that while sunny photos are all alike, each foggy photo is foggy in its own way. You can use the links on this blog page to find the earlier entries in the five-part series.

It was tempting to conclude by showing a MUNI train rushing out of the fog. But I opted instead for what I’ll call Chamber of Commerce Fog.

In the top panoramic image, seen above the trees of Golden Gate Park, are the towers of St. Ignatius Cathedral and Lone Mountain tower, both on the campus of the University of San Francisco. In the bottom photo, just a hint of the Marin Headlands shows above sunset fog in the Golden Gate Strait. As always, clicking on the image opens it larger. Thanks for looking in!

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Springuary: Days in the Key of Warm

The last few weeks in San Francisco haven’t been wintry, not even California wintry. It’s common for us to take a break from rains at this time in late January and early February — call it “Springuary” — but this period has been exceptional.  Many days have actually been summer-like as I’ve walked in Golden Gate Park, preparing for my fall show at the SF Botanical Garden. A winning combination of sun and rain have produced sumptuous blossoms in the City, and none more spectacular than the magnolias at the SFBG. Even when the warm sun sets, the magnolias glow at dusk.

In slideshow order, these are the images: 1.Sierra Redwood, SF Botanical Garden;  2. Japanese Maples, Japanese Tea Garden;   3. Yulan Magnolia (with pink magnolia bokeh background), SF Botanical Garden;   4. Warm sunny mid-day at Stow Lake;   5. Great Blue Heron at Waterfowl Pond, SF Botanical Garden;   6. Torrey Pine sunset, SF Botanical Garden;   7. Pink tulip magnolias at dusk, outside Friend Gate of SF Botanical Garden.