Sitting, quietly, this Sunday morning, watching new-visitor long tailed tits in my garden, has reminded me of the surprise delight of bird watching in San Francisco. We’d been there less than 24 hours before the purchase of a bird guide became essential. The sea shore is awash with birds, as are the many parks and gardens we explored. Sadly my camera is not quite up to long-distance bird photos so my pictures are mostly somewhat fuzzy, though they act merely as a reminder of the real thing.
In the fine tradition of sending the postcards once you have got home, I am finally posting some highlights from San Francisco, starting 8 weeks or so after I got back!
As with most big cities, San Francisco has excellent museums. When the weather was good we were outside, as much as possible, but when it rained (which it did plenty) we went to museums. My two favourites were the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Centre.
Shapes. Textures. Colours. Patterns. Asian Art Museum.
Details. Inuit carvings. Peruvian bird. A handful of textiles. A view from the top. De Young Museum.
Magical works by El Anatsui & Cornelia Parker & Ruth Asawa