Sunday, September 24, 2023

Keeping Up With Fashion --- Days 12/270 - 273

Walks: Hood

Distance: 3.5 miles

Gucci 2023

Gucci A While Ago

Thursday, September 21, 2023

News from Around the World --- Day 12/269

Walk: Hood

Distance: 2.5 miles

Steam-engine driver Bob Corrie (left) and grower Paul Proud pose for a photograph with Paul's huge cabbage, which won its category in the giant-vegetable competition on the first day of the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, held at Newby Hall, near Ripon, England, on September 15, 2023

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Impressions --- Day 12/268

Walk: Radnet 

Distance: 3.50 miles

Claude Monet, Impression Sunrise, 1872, oil on canvas

A revolutionary art-history-changing painting about a new day seems appropriate to Ciwt as she is starting to feel Impression Health on her horizon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Blah Days in September --- Days 256-267

Walks: Hoods, Parks

Distances: 3.5 miles average

Under the weather   ---   Still.......😣

Friday, September 8, 2023

All Day (and part of the night) in Bed With A Doctor --- Days 12/255 & 256

Walk: 1. No 2.Walgreens

Distance: n/a; 1.5 miles

So a reading friend highly recommended a 700+ page book titled The Covenant of Water.  Ciwt's private reaction was "I'll never finish it."  But she knew the author to be an excellent writer and her friend to be a discerning reader.  So she went to her dear neighborhood bookstore, bought it, read 30 pages or so, put it in her basket of unread books, and thought "knew it; I won't finish it."

That was approximtely a week before Ciwt contracted some 'everything but covid' condition (she tested) that left her barely standing.  Nothing to do but "drink plenty of liquids and get plenty of rest." Oh, dear - how boring.  But then she remembered that 700+ page.

The author, Abraham Verghese is a doctor as well as a writer.  And Ciwt is beginning to think, a healer in the ancient sense. ...Covenant..taps into life force itself and connects his reader (or at least Ciwt) to it.  After a day of liquids and rest, she's 250+ pages along and finding that being sick can also be uplifting thanks to Verghese's tender, exquisite storytelling.  

PS - You don't have to be under the weather to appreciate its effects.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Grand Prize Winner --- Day 12/254

Walk: No, sinus

Distance: n/a

Imagine the patience, technical skill -and sheer luck - to capture this peregrine falcon attacking a pelican headed toward her young.

Here's the Grand Prize and Gold Winner, Jack Zhi's, description: During the breeding season, a female peregrine falcon fiercely protects her young, attacking anything that comes near the nest. For four years, I attempted to capture these rare moments of her attacking large brown pelicans with incredible speed and agility. The high-speed chase made it challenging to capture a close-up shot with a long lens. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Where Oh Where? -- Days 12/245-53

Walks: Park and Hoods

Distances: 4.5 miles average

Green Tanager.© Nicolas Reusens / Bird Photographer of the Year*

Ciwt has been hiding in plain sight these end of summer-beginning of fall days. 

*Stay tuned for more beautiful winning entries from this year's The Atlantic Bird Photographer of the Year contest.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Look Up --- Days 12/243 & 244

Walk: City Guides Cowntown Architecture Walking Tour

Distance: 3.5 miles

So, Ciwt can't remember if she told you about her one and only D-.  She got it in college on the one and only architecture paper she ever wrote.  From time to time she makes attempts to rectify this deficiency in understanding the fine points of architecture (or any points at all).  Today was one of those attempts at one our great free (donations optional) offerings: San Francisco City Guides Walking Tours.* 

If she wrote an architecture paper today, her main point would be one of many she learned on today's tour: Look Up!  At street level we see almost nothing of the beauty, design and workmanship of the commercial buildings we walk by.  For instance, when you stand at the base of the Hunter Dulin Building on downtown Sutter Street and make every effort to see the very top, you might notice (on a fog free day) some slender green 'pointy things.'  Turns out those are replicas of the origianl twenty eleven-foot high copper spires seen in the photo below.  (Lightweight, majorly secured replicas because who would want one of those heavy spires to come crashing down?) 

This is the kind of detail you see again and again for the first time that bring the art of 'boring' commercial buildings to life.