San Francisco Mission

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

The Spanish Mission church and basilica – for which San Francisco is named – is located downtown on Dolores St. It was founded in 1776. The patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi (founder of the Franciscan order), was famous for his love of animals, and for fixing and rebuilding churches – hence, the broom. This status is probably from the early 1900’s when the basilica was built. I’m hanging this shot in my kitchen, hoping it will be, um-er!, inspiring.

Found a Peanut

The squirrels in this park were used to tourists, I guess, because they were pretty fearless. I had some honey-roasted peanuts – I tossed a few to the squirrels, who dashed about madly getting the nuts, and fighting over them too! Anyway one of them finally held still long enough for this shot.

Found a Peanut

Found a Peanut

Santa Clara Front Yard

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Wow, what a beautiful display! This homeowner took advantage of the home’s upper balcony to create a nativity scene, then filled both upper and lower floors with trees, lights, and at the bottom, shaped light displays of reindeer etc. And at the top, high up on an aerial, the Christmas star. In fact, the homeowner even had a DIGITAL COUNTDOWN till Christmas, on the upper left! (not visible here) When we stopped here to take shots, there were lots of folks taking pictures.
See more Christmas light photos at my photoSmash site.

Fantasy Land

I love this light display – the home owner(s) must’ve had about 300 of those lighted posts in their yard, not to mention all the stand-up pieces and the lights along the building! It’s sort-of like a front yard for Santa’s elves.

The Christmas Garden: Lights San Jose

The Christmas Garden: Lights San Jose

Boating in SF Bay

I took this photo outside of Pier17 (behind the new Exploratorium) – it was a beautiful day with sparkling sunlight on the water. You can see the SF Bay Bridge in the background. This photo won an AM (Award of Merit) at the Sunnyvale Photo Club.

Yacht in SF Bay

Yacht in SF Bay