Usually it's kind of windy, at times it can be quite foggy, and honestly, it's more often cold than warm at Ocean Beach. So when I have a chance to enjoy a beautiful sunny morning with bright blue skies, I take that chance and, of course, my camera!Read More
Couple of weeks ago Robert and I were in our usual state, on the road to a new destination somewhere in Bay Area. Honestly, I don't remember where exactly we were heading that day, but on the radio we heard a very interesting story about a toast being the latest artisano-hipster food craze in San Francisco. A guy on the radio was sharing his little investigation on the origins of this toast phenomenon and it's how we learned the toast craze in San Francisco seems to have started with a very unique tattooed woman, the owner of the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club cafe.Read More
I love looking in other people's windows! I hope nobody thinks it's kind of weird. It's just I am a very curious girl and, oh my, I do love a good story! Windows can tell so many good stories about their inhabitants' lives and I very much enjoy telling that story through my photographs. This photo with two windows I took in Chinatown of San Francisco. The old Chinese woman who lives right under the roof of an old traditional house feeds the pigeons every morning. That morning she was a bit late with the breakfast for the birds, but pigeons were waiting very patiently. I think the breadcrumbs was exactly what I actually loved the most about that morning in Chinatown. Nowadays, you so rarely see breadcrumbs for birds on the streets... It's almost like bread, once the most important part of human food, is not a part of our lives anymore. We seem to just dump everything we don't eat. Pity.
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I always wanted to like Chinatown more than I actually did. Maybe that's why last Sunday morning I found myself again on the streets of the largest Chinese neighborhood in US. For once it was empty and quiet so I finally could see all the beauty of the historic architecture, little alleys, and traditional red lamps.Read More
Cowell Ranch Beach is easily my favorite beach on the Northern California coast. It's my secret place, my private getaway. Now, dear reader, please do me a favor and do not tell anyone about this beach. I find it hard to find a quiet place without crowds and tourists here in California. So if you go there, do keep it to yourself and do not spoil it for me. I actually wanted to write in my blog about this beautiful spot for quite a while... well, since January precisely (it's when I took all these photos). I truly hesitated about revealing this Californian treasure online. But, if you are reading my blog and this post, you deserve to know about the existence of this place.Read More
San Francisco is famed for its hills and, honestly, riding down the San Francisco hills is one of my favorite adventurers this city offers. Although, I can't say the same about riding up them as some of the hills are (almost) vertical and every time we go up I feel like the car is going to flop over backwards (it's not so bad if you are riding the cable car, through). California Street is one of the most exciting streets in this regard. It goes through Chinatown and the Financial district and you even can enjoy a partial view of the Bay Bridge between the buildings. This photo I took sitting in our car while we were waiting for the green light to go. It was a very exciting ride down the street. It always is.
Wildflower hunting is definitely becoming an annual tradition for us, a laid back good time we look forward to every spring. Last year we did a wildflowers ride-around in the Bear Valley when we unexpectedly found ourselves in the middle of 20 foot snow banks. Huge surprise! So, this year (exactly last Saturday) we decided to try our luck on the top of the Table Mountain, another popular destination to find beautiful colorful blankets of wildflowers. But again, we didn't find much, we were too early. On the positive side, we avoided snow. It actually was a very green, sunny, warm day, a truly gorgeous spring day in the mountains. Moreover, we found many small runlets and even waterfalls. Some areas of the valleys were already covered with yellow and blue flowers, but it's far from the quantities I usually see in photos from similar areas when the whole ground is fully under a rainbow of color (quite annoying! Boo hoo! ). My fingers are crossed for the next year, through! I am not sure if there is anything tougher than to predict the blooming schedules of wildflowers.Read More
Last Sunday I went to the foot of Coit Tower to shoot another magical morning in San Francisco. More days than not, this city takes my breath away and I am so thankful to find this beautiful place on Earth in this crazy and busy world, and make it my second home. Honestly, it's hard to imagine my life without its flat roofs, up-and-down roads, beautiful old Spanish churches, magnificent bridges, art and lovely fusion breakfasts (or lunches or dinners!) with my man in one of the local little cafes enjoying the taste of the world through its amazing food. I am so blessed to also add to this list my photography adventures at sunrise.Read More
I think if someone asked me about my soul's appearance, I would show to that someone this photo. Nature can't lie. It has both lights and shadows and, so, do I. I am far from being infallible. Moreover, I actually disagree with the very concept of perfection. Nothing is just white or black... well, unless it's it a black hole or an empty piece of paper. To me, perfection seems a kind of madness. At the end of the day, what is even remotely desirable about perfection? I'd rather go and make another mistake, another disapproved step toward the edge of a cliff. I'm not afraid of my shadows. They make my lights shine.
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If luck means being in the right place at the right time then, in my opinion, I definitely have the right attitude. It was a glorious morning. And suddenly, it became so clear to me that being lucky is easier than it sounds - you need just to stop focusing on looking for something else and take what is just in front of you. Simple as that. It exactly what I did that morning. It litteraly took my breath away while I was facing unexpectedly a ruby-coloured sunrise with a fire breathing dragon over the city. How could I even think of a dragon? What a luck!Read More