7/27/09

Moraga Tiled Steps

I did another stairway walk today--one of the best. We begin here, at the Tiled Steps, and I'm giving it its own blog post.

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Closer...

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Another long shot

Moraga Tiled Stairs

And then we begin.

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Moraga Tiled Stairs

As you can imagine, it was hard to pick random details. Here is a grab bag.

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

And before we go too much farther, a quick look at the surrounding landscaping--all workhorses, you've seen them many times on this blog and elsewhere I'm sure.

Moraga Steps landscaping

Rosemary, Buddleia, Lupine, Phacelia, Aeonium. These all benefit from an annual pruning, but otherwise need little care in San Francisco, esp. if planted during the fall-winter months.

Moraga Steps landscaping

Romneya coulteri, avec bee.

Moraga Steps landscaping

The naked ladies of late summer--already? Amaryllis belladonna poking up around Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf', Aloe arborescens, and Cotyledon orbiculata.

Moraga Steps landscaping

And speaking of Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf', this must be one of the largest public plantings of it that I know about.

Moraga Steps landscaping

Moraga Steps landscaping

Moraga Steps landscaping

It's all growing under a puple hop bush, Dodonaea viscosa ‘purpurea’, next to native Fremontodendron.

Moraga Steps landscaping

For me, the purple hop bush is...over-familiar, but it's a nice plant. Here is some more of it, over Echium fastuosum.

Golden Gate Heights

Anyhoo, back to the stairs:

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairway

LOL!

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Well, I could do this all day. We've got to get to the top. Here's lookin' at you.

Moraga Tiled Stairway

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Moraga Tiled Stairs

The careful use of mirror is really nice. That means the stairs change depending on the weather.

Moraga Tiled Stairs

Moraga Tiled Stairs

And finally...looking back at my first accomplishment of the day.

"moraga tiled stairs"

(To see larger file sizes a few more pictures, you can click into my Flickr stream...)

8 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

Wow! Thanks for showing this. It's amazing.

Annie in Austin said...

Chuck, this is one of the happiest looking public places I've seen in anyone's photos - the story of the stairs project on the website is fascinating!

You wouldn't think something with such clear colors could be rivaled by anything in nature, but the plants like the Aeonium don't even look real.

As Pam said, Thanks!!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

chuck b. said...

You're quite welcome. Now I wish I'd done a better job getting mid-level pictures, as opposed to long shots and close ups. Sigh.

Katie said...

Wow. That is AMAZING! Is that a park?

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

An amazingly enlightening and uplifting post!
Alice

Christopher C. NC said...

I to come back when the computer was in the mood to load all the pictures. The first glimpse was enticing. That is a wonderful piece of public art and my mind turns to the huge investment of time and patience needed to lay that out and install it.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pictures. I used to live in the bay area for years and miss it, I always check in on your blog for your great picture posts.

Thank you so much and keep it up.
Kerry :)

ryan said...

This is fantastic. I had no idea.