5/26/10

Corona Heights

Time for another stairway walk! I have been too busy to blog much lately, or even to do anything fun. Today was a treat. Alas, the stairway walk had relatively few stairs.

Crassula ovata

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Doggie water fountain. That's nice I guess. A lot of dog people bug the heck out of me, but I like dogs.

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What a grand entrance to Buena Vista Park.

Buena Vista Park

We're not going in there.

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Behind that iron fence...

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A sunken garden. Neat.

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This uncommonly large, and hence very old, Ginkgo biloba was pruned to accommodate the pole. I guess you do what you have to do.

Ginkgo biloba

This is not something you have to do, but it's kind of cute.

A cute thing to do with...Algerian ivy. I saw this today in the Castro.

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The small stretch of Noe Street north of Market has some nice expanded sidewalk areas with planters, pots, and benches.

Noe St.

Noe St.

Noe St.

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There's a small farmer's market.

farmer's market at Noe and Market

Standard fare mostly, but these breads look especially good.

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And...meat.

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Buffalo?

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Moroccan sausage sounds intriguing. All sold out.

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I stopped for a lime Italian soda at Cafe Flore, a storied neighborhood institution.

Cafe Flore

Haven't been here in many, many years.

Cafe Flore

This teeny community garden

Noe-Beaver community garden

has a ridiculous waiting list.

The saddest thing I saw today. Poor Debbie G!

Excuse me, community gargen.

The waiting list is especially ridiculous considering how much weedy open space is just a block away.

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Centranthus ruber

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Anyway. We're climbing a hill now, and nearing the end of our trip.

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That building went condo, but it used to be a hospital. Kinda creepy.

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Looking south toward my beloved Bernal Hill:

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Zoom

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Corona Heights does have better views than Bernal Hill. I'll give it that.

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Dolores Park

Dolores Park

The Castro

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Some of the best views are close up. Grindelia sp. (gumplant) is a widely distributed western scrub plant that I am quite fond of. I don't know how to distinguish among the different species, although a few have made it into our gardens, including G. hirstula.

Grindelia

7 comments:

Nicole said...

Nice stairway walk-always brings back fond memories o my trips to SF. I went to the Noe Valley farmer's market last July.

Christopher C. NC said...

So is it a job job that has been keeping you so busy? If not you would make an excellent urban hiking guide and could charge money for that. I am missing my tragic under-employment greatly.

The Dirt Guy said...

Another great walk around town, Chuck and great pics to go with it. I don't suppose you caught the name of the meat vendor? I've been looking for someone like that to no avail here in the South Bay. Anyhow, great stuff as always. Thanks.

MAYBELLINE said...

A tree Tu Tu!
Funny.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm still trying to figure out what's up with that little ivy tutu on the tree trunk. Hmm...

Hey, what is the gorgeous purple stuff spilling out of the bed with the Japanese maple and the phormium? (Just above your comment about liking dogs, but not all dog people--with which I agree!)

Julie said...

My goodness, that is a LOT Of gorgeous photography!!! My fav shotis the top one!!! Love those sux!!!

Country Mouse said...

I enjoyed the change of scenery - thanks for the tour There is so much to do on the property I really don't get out much (work doesn't count!) But me and old wood rat there, before we moved in and moved up to the mountains, we did our courtin' on such city hikes and had a fine time exploring SF.