California

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San Francisco:

 

- View over the San Francisco Bay, with San Francisco skyline in the background (March 2007).

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- Skyline of business center in downtown San Francisco seen from Ina Coolbrith Park (January 2020).

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- Murals in the lobby of the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, painted in the 1930s by San Francisco artists (January 2020). The two photos below show scenes of city life, including (in the second photo) a car accident and a robbery.

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- Along hidden stairs and narrow lanes on Telegraph Hill and Russian Hill (January 2020).

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Filbert Steps (Telegraph Hill).

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Macondray Lane (Russian Hill).

 

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Napier Lane (Telegraph Hill).

 

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Macondray Lane (Russian Hill).

 

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Napier Lane (Telegraph Hill).

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Darrell Place (Telegraph Hill)

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Havens Street (Russian Hill).

 

- Golden Gate bridge seen from Lands End Park (January 2017).

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View over the south of the San Francisco Bay on an early morning in late November, with Stanford University on the left of the photo (November 2019).

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Stanford University (March 2007).

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Rodin bronzes, Stanford Art Museum: the Three Shades (left), the Gates of Hell (right), and Meditation with Arms (in-between) (March 2007).

[In Dante‛s Divine Comedy, the shades (the souls of the damned) stand at the entrance of Hell where it is inscribed ″Abandon hope, all ye who enter here″. Initially Rodin created a small version of the Three Shades that he placed on top of his Gates of Hell, so that they all point to the spectator. He later created a larger version, independent of the Gates. The photo below shows both the independent monumental version on the left and the initial version on top of the Gates.]

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Trees in Stanford hill (March 2007).

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In the hills of the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve above Stanford (July 2018).

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Early morning in the hills of the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (June 2019).

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A small patch of rain forest in the hills above Portola Valley, near Windy Hill (September 2019).

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In Los Trancos and Monte bello Preserves (March-April-May 2020). Click here for photos of day hikes in these preserves.

 

Palo Alto Baylands, San Francisco Bay (December 2016).

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In Big Basin Redwoods State Park (November 2019). Click here for photos of a one-day hike in this park.

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In Rancho Canada del Oro Preserve and Calero State Park (March & May 2020). Click here for photos of day hikes in these parks.

 

Pacific coast around Half-Moon Bay (January 2020):

 

- Coast near Pillar Point, north of Half-Moon Bay.

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- Ross Cove and Pillar Point Air Force Station.

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- Fishing boats in Pillar Point Harbor.

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- Farm land south of Half-Moon Bay.

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- Road to Cowell Ranch Beach, south of Half-Moon Bay.

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- Cowell Ranch Beach.

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Purisima Creek redwoods Preserve (January 2020). Click here for more photos of a hike in this preserve.

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San Gregorio Beach (December 2016).

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Northern elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park (January 2017).

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Santa Cruz (November 2019):

- Amusement park along the beach boardwalk seen from the Wharf.

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- Sea lions sleeping on the dock of the Wharf.

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- Yellow 1956 Ford Squire Woody parked on Soquel Street.

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Capitola (February 2020).

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San Juan Bautista (September & November 2019):

- Plaza Hotel (1856).

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- Arcades of the Spanish Mission founded in 1797.

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- Church of the Mission.

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- Nave of the church.

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- Left: Altar and retable. Center: pulpit. Right: Mission′s restored dining room.

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- Beautifully preserved and restored old carriages and wagons (water and beer) exposed in the town′s former stables.

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Biker in black near Watsonville (November 2019).

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Hanuman Temple, a Hinduist temple nested in the Santa Cruz mountains near Mt. Madonna (February 2020).

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Pinnacles National Park (September 2019). Click here for many more photos of the Pinnacles NP.

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Point Lobos (November 2019): trees, coastline, birds, and sea lions.

 

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Mono Lake (November 2007).

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Death Valley and around (November 2007).

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