Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Elephant Seals

On our drive down the Pacific coast in CA, we were lucky enough to see a herd of elephant seals lounging on the beach near Hearst Castle. Once almost extinct, their numbers are slowly growing.

Here's a short video of them that I took:

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Coast Was Beautiful

A few more photos from our drive down the Pacific coast in California.

This one (below) makes me aware of the curve of the planet.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Big Sur, CA

photos from our drive down the coast through Big Sur.

Views from the restaurant in Big Sur where we had lunch; Nepenthe.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monterey & Pacific Grove

more photos from our California trip.

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf with a full moon...

Pacific Grove...

THIS ONE (below) is very much worth clicking to enlarge, in my opinion. Lots of detail and the feel of the ocean. The one after it, too...the grain of the rocks, and the waves.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Last of San Fran Pics

Tomorrow...on to the coast drive! I have some literally SPECTACULAR photos of the coast.

stained glass ceiling in our hotel's drive up entrance...

Mitch riding the cable car...clang! Clang!

Oysters at the Ferry Building...I love raw oysters, but am too afraid of illness now to eat them.

At the Ferry Building...

One of the sights/activities that is a MUST is the Saturday morning farmer's market at the Ferry Building. It is a HUGE event! I wish we'd had more time...it was our departure morning. I saw this on Anthony Bourdain's travel show, and it is really worth it. Fresh produce, baked goods, seafood and meats...plus across the street is another fair of crafts. Nice stuff. I was pleased to see a number of handmade knitting and crochet booths. Evidently more popular in San Fran than out East.

Here I am with a tremendously delicious chilequiles breakfast at the market, on the Bay.

Mitch had green chile tamales. Nice breakfast view!

And a random shot of Mick that I saw in a Union Square gallery the day before. Love Mick.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Balmy Alley, San Francisco

One of the evening receptions for the conference Mitch attended in San Francisco was held in Balmy Alley, in the Mission District...It was a block party, put on by a law firm located on the alley and included performers and musicians.

From http://www.balmyalley.com:

"The block long alley is the best place to see the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco. The murals began in the mid-80's as artists' outrage over human rights and political abuses in Central America. Today the alley contains murals on a myriad of styles and subjects from human rights to local gentrification and Hurricane Katrina."

Here's a couple short videos I shot of two of the performances:

And the murals: