Posts Tagged ‘fog’

The fog is coming! The fog, the fog!
Photo, late July 2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

While the rest of North America burns, here in other-minded San Francisco we shiver through unending days of fog. Here’s the fogbank – reportedly 2400 feet thick out over the ocean – pouring over Twin Peaks into Noe Valley. And this is just July; August is our coldest month. Everybody’s moaning about the weather here, though most of us are just grateful we’re not on the East Coast.

Summer fog  (29 July 10)

Highs predicted for July 31 in…

Nome, Alaska              70
Whitehorse, Yukon     73
San Francisco             61

Coastal California’s seasons explained

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I just posted this picture on Flickr. I took it yesterday in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park after a visit to UCSF Medical Center. The morning was misty and cold, the grass and trees a delightful winter green.

Winter green?

DSC_0093 walk in GGPark copy

Many other flickr photographers (from the Northern Hemisphere anyway) are posting pictures of ice storms, whiteouts, buried snow plows, and barren windswept fields. And here come the Californians showing snapshots of green.

California’s coastal winterscapes can drive the ice-bound crazy. Once again we’re seen as Violating All The Rules and Just Not Making Any Sense. But there is a logic to our seasons, even if it’s obscure. It helps to remember that the planet’s largest heat-sink (aka the Pacific Ocean) is just to our left.

So as a service for those who just don’t get all this green, here’s a short guide to our seasons.


Every hillside is green. A ridiculous, Irish/New Zealand green. So green your eyes hurt looking at it, especially when the sun shines. Green? In the land of perpetual drought? (more…)

Photo of the week – Oct 29

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Otto and I made it to the beach for sunset for the first time in many many months. I paid for it the next day, but not too badly and oh, it was worth it.

This is a shot taken at Fort Funston, the southernmost coast side of San Francisco, aka Dog Heaven. The area’s one gigantic canine playground, with sand and birds and cliffs and seaweed and smelly rotting stuff and lots of other happy dogs and dog-happy people. Otto, busy sniffing something nearby, passed on participating.

Fort Funston sunset

Fort Funston sunset

Looking south towards Pacifica, where the Bay Area keeps the fog machine.

Photo(s) of the week – 17 Sept

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Two this time, both classic San Francisco shots. Fingers are a bit more cooperative, so I’m making up for lost time.

Raven over the Golden Gate

Raven over the Golden Gate

Fog at Stow Lake

Fog at Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park

Photo of the week month

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

It’s hard to take pictures when your hands feel like they’re in boiling water and you can’t pull them out. And it’s really hard to take a picture that isn’t blurry from shaking and is also more or less composed. This the first one in well over a month I’m proud of. It’s also – I hope – a sign that I’m finally moving a little bit in the direction of “nominal” and praise the deities for that.

Poles in fog, McLaren Park

Poles in fog, McLaren Park

The fog faded the colors, not the computer.
Half an hour later everything was technicolor in sunlight
as the fog withdrew to the Pacific.