Let Us Now Enjoy Some Recent Photography of Bernal Heights

The watchers

Let’s have another photo show! We begin with a big round of applause please for Ed Brownson, who snapped this classic California flaming sunset from atop Bernal Hill. Someone needs to reproduce this image in airbrush on the side of a 1970s custom van. Or an iron-on t-shirt graphic.

Sean Timberlake captured this jaw-dropper during last week’s full moon. Pour yourself a bowl of wow:


Want another one from Sean? Of course you do. Encore! Encore!


Here’s the glorious sunrise of May 14, brought to you by Gaelen:

2014-05-04 Sunrise Bernal Hill Run

Gaelen! Encore! Encore!

2014-05-04 Sunrise Bernal Hill Run

And finally, Neighbor Boris demonstrates some very strong photo kung-fu, and Sutro Tower appreciation:


Photographs from Last Night, or, Earthquake Weather on Bernal Hill

Earthquake Weather
Earthquake Weather
Earthquake Weather

It was warm last night, with a full moon, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky. In other words, classic earthquake weather, as Neighbor and Rockstar Matt Nathanson recently taught Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter.

There were no earthquakes last night, thankfully. But Bernal Hill is always a magical place on nights like last night — a warm island of darkness in an ocean of city lights.

So, as is our custom, your Bernalwood editor headed up Bernal Hill last night to take some snapshots, including the ones shown above.

Here are a few more. Enjoy this weather while is lasts, because July will be here soon enough:

Earthquake Weather
Earthquake Weather
Earthquake Weather

UPDATE: Looks like I wasn’t the only one up on the hill last night with a camera. Neighbor Boris had the moonrise covered as well:


PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics and Boris Kostaglatov

Potrero Photographer Captures Spooky Bernal Hill Moonrise


Bernalwood loves the work of photographer Daniel Leu, because he doesn’t live in Bernal.

What we mean is… it would be great if he did live in Bernal. But he doesn’t. Instead, Daniel hails from Potrero, so instead of taking amazing photos from Bernal Heights, Daniel instead takes amazing photos of Bernal Heights. Which actually works out rather well for us.

For example, last night, Daniel set out to take a photo of the moon rising behind Bernal Hill:

A low layer of clouds blocked the moonrise a bit, but eventually the moon showed up. The bottom part of the moon is still hidden by some clouds. But this makes it a bit more interesting as well than just having the plain moon.

Boom!  Right? It’s all about the perspective.

Check out his blog post; Daniel also took a dusk photo of Bernal Hill that’s so beautiful it will make you crave a chilled glass of fine white wine.

Meanwhile, we would like to nominate photographer Daniel Leu to become an Honorary Citizen of Bernalwood. Is there a second?

PHOTO: Daniel Leu

Bayshore Fire Creates Illusory Mt. Sutrito Eruption


Neighbor Brandon made a comment about yesterday’s big industrial fire in Bayshore, to the effect that from the western side of Bernal Hill, the smoke from the blaze made it look like a volcano had erupted at the peak of Bernal Hill.

Brandon said:

The picture from 29th [Street] makes it look like Mount Sutrito has erupted.

True enough, And here’s a photo Tom Baker shared in the Bernalwood Facebook group that makes that illusion even more complete. Behold, the eruption of Mt. Sutrito, as seen from Diamond Heights.

Bernal Heights Sunset Is the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year


A few weeks ago, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter and I visited the superchic Lowe’s home improvement store on Bayshore at the foot of Cortland. Inside, we noticed a display in the paint department celebrating the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, a shade of purple called Radiant Orchid:

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

Right? Totally.

Now, fast-forward to Monday evening. Bernalwood pal @valjoy9 shared a photo of a spectacular sunset over Bernal Heights. And wouldn’t you know it… Bernal is soooo fashionable and soooo au courant that even our sunsets occur in the Pantone Color of the Year:

pantonesunsetPHOTO: @valjoy9