September 16, 2010

early morning beneath Coit Tower

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photo by Donald Kinney

North Beach is a rather special place very early on a Sunday morning. It's quiet and calm, and parking is available. Tourists are still in bed, and the locals are either scurrying for the newspaper, pastry, coffee (((that is stronger than Hulk Hogan))), or to be the first one in the door at Mama's.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And the birds do their own thing...

These are the "Parrots of Telegraph Hill" made famous in the movie of the same name by Mark Bittner and Judy Irving. Their squawks make quite a racket -- I doubt if any flock of birds could be noisier.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Of course, what looms above Northbeach is the fabulous Coit Tower. It's frescoed interior walls were done by artists working for the WPA project during the great depression of the 1930's.

When the doors opened many local citizens were aghast at socialist themes in some of the artwork. One section contained a Russian symbol that was deemed so offensive it was ordered to be white-washed over.

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Marcie said...

Magical!! Love the mood you've captured in your banner image!!

Anonymous said...

I have to say, the photo of Coit, at sunset (or probably more likely sunrise) .... with the bird flying in the sky is beautiful. Very nice job.

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