Sunday, September 25, 2022

Love All --- Days/11/226=230

Walks: Various with visiting friend

Distances: 3.5 average

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Acting Queen --- Days 11/221-225

Walks: Definite Pattern Here: Hood, Presidio

Distances: 5 miles, small yogas

So Ciwt is wondering what roles would be beyond Viola Davis's talents.  There she is above playing a wide variety of women.  But they were all in dresses.  Not so in her latest movie, The Woman King. Ciwt went to see that movie today, of course Davis was powerful and certainly will be up for an Academy Award*.

* Hate to say it, but Ciwt was kind of lost, not particularly involved in the movie and gives it a 2/4.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Different Skies II --- Day 11/220

Walk: Hood

Distance: 5 miles

Roger Federer, Winner, Wimbledon Junior Boys Tournament, 1998

Roger Federer, 

Grand Slam tournament finals: 31 (20 titles, 11 runner-ups)

Every movement so graceful

Friday, September 16, 2022

Different Skies --- Day 11/219

Walk: The Usual/Hood

Distance: 4 miles, small yoga

Anthony Lane in The New Yorker came up with a way to express the impossible to express:  

To get up in the morning without the Queen being around, always distant but ever present, will be like living beneath a different sky... 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

When They Aren't Flying --- Day 11/218

Walk: The Usual

Distance: The Usual (5 miles)

Owl Chick Thinking it Over in Transylvania   - Laszlo Potozky / Bird Photographer of the Year

Puffin Love, Newfoundland and Labrador - Brad James / Bird Photographer of the Year

King Penguin Chick, Asleep, Falkland Islands -  Andy Pollard / Bird Photographer of the Year

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Time and Bird Flies --- Days 11/210-217

Walks:  The Usual every day: hood, between homes, Presidio

Distances: 5 miles average

A whole week of Ciwt missing her readers,  flying between her new home and the millenialization of her old one.

And, yes, this photograph is real.  The stunningly pure white Rock Ptarmigan in flight was captured crisply and flawlessly by Norway's Erland Haarberg. He says of the moment:  High above the tree-line, the wind, snow and cold maintain the iron grip of winter for months on end.  This is where rock ptarmigan thrive, small white feather-balls in an endless white landscape.  On this particlar winter day, I was on my way to a mountaintop by Tysfjorden in Norway to photograph landscapes.  I had almost reached the summit when I spotted some ptarmigan tracks criss-crossing between the rocks. From behind a rock, a small head appeared, and seconds later it took to wing with the mountains and fjord landscape in the background, setting the scene perfectly.

No wonder Haarberg was named Overall Winner Bird Photographer of the Year in The Atlantic's annual competition. 

Stay tuned for awesome entries by some of the bird photographers he was up against.....

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Our "Best' Weather Season Has Begun --- Days 11/208 & 209

Walks/No Lopes: Hood, Presidio

Distances: 5 miles average, small yogas

These people racing across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco are probably trying to escape the parts of the Bay Area that are even hotter.  Best of Luck.

Monday, September 5, 2022

San Francisco Simply --- Days 11/205, 206, 207

Walks/Lopes:  Hood, Presidio

Distances: 4.5 miles avg, small yogas

So, of course Ciwt's readers have heard about San Francisco's street people.  But probably you didn't know of some who share our streets in ways that put Ciwt in mind of the city that stole her heart in the 60's and where she's spent most of her life since.

It was a simple place.  People wore colorful, relaxed clothes and many sat in parks or sidewalk benches strumming guitars.  Others on their ways to Stinson Beach or Big Sur were usually kids of some sort - hippies, college students or grads - standing on the side of the roads hitchhiking.  It was peaceful, musical, (when not murderous or plain evil - think Patty Hearst, the Hillside Strangler).  There weren't many jobs of consequence.  East Coast investment houses and banks hadn't begun to take San Francisco seriously so the top executive positions were often held by scions who came in late, left for early martinis and dominoes at their clubs and stayed for the duration.  There was an optimistic good-hearted freedom to it all in the midst of lovely architecture and some of the most specular natural scenery in the world. Innocense.  Live and let live.  

Some of that is on display here and there these days of homeless and post(?) covid democratizing.  Take the guy who parks his motor coach containing and what appears to be all his possessions near the Trader Joe's Ciwt frequents.  In fact, his coach is a 1973 Millenium Falcon.  Ciwt knows this because he has printed the information on his rear bumper.  

Sadly, his beloved dog, Buddy or Baby Butt, died earlier this year which you learn by reading the sign on his front windshield.

And, you know what he did after he lost his "Bestest Baby Ever" on a Friday morning in April?  He started a sidewalk Community Garden.  He has named it Guerrilla Garden, dedicated it to the memory of all his departed dogs including Baby Butt,  supplied it with tools, dirt, water and an invitaion to all who are inclined to "get your hands dirty and dig in."  

When he first showed up several years ago, Ciwt was a bit uncomfortable, then came to pay little or no attention and more or less whisk by.  Then when he kept parking close to the same location and Ciwt saw him nearly every day, she began to notice that he actually kept his area neat as a pin; if there was ever any sidewalk sprawl, it was stuff he was reorganizing and cleaning. She also saw his beloved Baby Butt.  Now she enjoys seeing the potatoes, onions and other edibles grow in the community garden he has created.  And today, she saw him sitting on his bench in Guerilla Gardens and rhythmically beating drumsticks to a tune coming through his ear phones.  It seemed innocent, open-hearted and musical like those guitar players in the San Francisco parks years ago.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Will Any of These Be The New B&W? --- Days 11/203 & 204

Walks: Hood

Distances: 4 miles, small yogas

So Ciwt is noticing that some people are daring to branch out from the au courant black and ____ houses.

Will Green catch on?

Or Blue?

Or maybe just snazzing up the b&w with some Gold?