8/10/09

Twin Peaks Foothills

I did another stairway walk today. This is Chapter 17 in Adah Bakalinksy's fabulous book, Stairway Walks in San Francisco; Angle vs. Contour, Twin Peaks Foothills. We covered some of the same area last January when I walked to the top of Twin Peaks.

This particularly colorful front slope stopped me in my tracks.

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How about a closer look at the Beschorneria.

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Farther along, and higher up, I saw this Mediterranean garden that I liked quite a lot too.

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Close-ups:

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Agave 'Blue Glow'--one of my favorites.

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Luscious.

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And this garden was designed by a Canadian woman whose son owns the house it goes with (or did). She likes structure I guess.

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The view from that house's driveway.

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At some point, I walked around the top of Tank Hill

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Where it was very windy.



These rocky crags poke up in several places in San Francisco.

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Anyway, back on the walk, this neighborhood reminded me a lot of Los Angeles for whatever reason.

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That inflorescence must have been amazing.

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And, yes, there were actual stairways on this stairway walk.

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They were lovely, but in my view not esp. remarkable considering what else I've seen so far.

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6 comments:

CiNdEe said...

I just love your tours! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! You are awesome!!!!(-:

Katie said...

You definitely have shown me a far different side of SF that I've never seen. It's such a beautiful city.

Bonnie Story said...

Mr. b: What is the plant with the pinkish cups in pic #4? A friend had that - I think it starts with an "A". I always think Andromeda but that's not it. If it's hardy enough (snow) I'd love to try it here. Lovely little dwarf pine next to it - now that I know I could grow up here.

All the clipping, clipping of the hedges is delightful but makes me a little nuts, that kind of commitment to the lollipops. I'd have to be committed -- to an institution -- to do that.

Wonderful terraces and patios, decks -- all the little public/private places in city life that fascinate me.

I think the rocky outcroppings are from the collision of the Franciscan tectonic plate on it's journey north, literally taking the land mass and upending it violently, to make those outcroppings, that later weathered down a bit. They were pushed up from horizontal to vertical, amazing.

Anyway, another amazing post Mr. b and thanks so much. Your blog is a top favorite. Wonderful pics, always bringing back floods of SF memories. -- Bonnie

chuck b. said...

In #4, that's Protea cynaroides.

LostRoses said...

Well, as long as we're asking...what is the 12th pic from the bottom? The plant that looks like hens and chicks on stilts? I love your stairway walks!

chuck b. said...

"hens and chicks on stilts" Ha! I love it! That's Aeonium, a genus of succulents, most of which come from the Canary Islands.