Celebrity blogger (and Olde Bernalwood Friend) Om Malik visited Bernal Hill recently, at an early morning hour which we rarely experience because of its horrific earliness. But with that said, Om’s photo makes a strong case for early-rising, because the light and colors he captured are so beautiful. Bravo, Om, and thanks!
At the same time, Om also created a cool photo essay that steered us toward a special #36Bernal hashtag that was used by visitors to the 36 Questions installation that sat atop Bernal Hill last week. Here’s a sample:
These two Bernalese really got into it:
Folks even seemed to enjoy it in all sorts of weather:
PHOTO: Top, by Om Malik
There’s a wonderful installation on Bernal Hill for the next few days, and it’s perfect for this Valentine’s season. Neighbor Jessica tells Bernalwood:
I just learned via facebook that a friend of mine, Chris, created a fun Valentine’s Day activity on our own Bernal hill… It’s called The 36 Q:
Basically, it’s two chairs arranged around a desk/treasure box. There are 36 innnnnnnteresting questions engraved into the lid of the treasure box, and the idea is that you answer the questions with your sweetie to gain Profound New Insight into one another. It’s a little bit like The Dating Game, only more intimate, and the prizes are more clever, and it’s on Bernal Hill, atop that mini-peak along the Folsom axis just below the guard rail.
The kuhlhunters at The Bold Italic explain the backstory:
By now we’ve all seen that “36 Questions to Make You Fall in Love” article in the New York Times. Local artists Mustafa Khan and Chris McCoy decided those questions need to get out in the open this Valentine’s Day. He engraved the questions on an antique treasure chest alongside a set of chairs and a “not reserved” sign on Bernal Hill. You and your date (or a total stranger) can sit at this table and fall in love with the killer view…and maybe each other. Khan says there’s also a “special surprise” inside the chest, which will be at the top of the staircase on Ellsworth and Bernal Heights Blvd until next Sunday.
Got that? Get there before Feb. 23, and enjoy.
PHOTOS: 36 Questions on Bernal Hill, February 14, 2015, 5 pm, by Telstar Logistics
Remember the volunteer work party that joined forces with the San Francisco Department of Public Works last Saturday to spiffify that (formerly) neglected City-owned lot on Ellsworth at Bernal Heights Boulevard?
By all accounts, the effort was a big success. Neighbor John sent this note to Jerad Weiner, DPW’s community liaison, to celebrate the glorious collaboration:
Many thanks for the email and for working with us to fluff the garden. It looks 1,000 percent better already! I am going up tomorrow morning to finish smoothing the mulch out and doing a little more pruning. The birds have never been so happy – there were many of them alighting on the fresh mulch.
Other than that, the project is a complete success. Thanks to DPW for the chips and for hauling away the debris. And thanks to you for your help – we couldn’t have done it without you.
Bravo, Citizens! Bravo DPW! Way to take charge, take names, and look sexy while getting it done.
PHOTOS: Top two, John Blacburn. Bottom, John Cremer. With thanks from Bernalwood
The holidays are upon us, and the shortest day of the year has already come and gone. Luckily for us, David C. Hill brought his video camera up to Bernal Hill on December 21 — last Sunday! — to shoot this gorgeous “Winter Solstice” video.
When your far-away relatives ask what life is like in Bernal Heights, show ‘em Winter Solstice. And remember: We’ve got it pretty good.
There have been some rather spectacular sunsets on Bernal Hill of late.
And we are fortunate to have some rather spectacular photographers in our ranks to capture these sunsets for us all to enjoy. The shots you see here were all taken by Scott Morin on November 9, 2014, and shared with us via the always stylish Bernalwood Flickr Group. Thanks Scott!
Check out more of his awesomeness:
PHOTOS: Scott Morin
Neighbor Darcy shares this photo of a big-ass snake she saw today on Bernal Hill:
This is the big snake I saw at about 12:30 today on Bernal Hill, on the west side just off the paved part near the wood steps. He appeared to be sunning himself.
Most of the snakes Bernalwood has reported on in the past have apparently been gopher snakes, but this one is even more big-ass.
PHOTO: Neighbor Darcy
Over on the Twitter, Neighbor Tim shared this super snap of the spooky tree-shrub thing on the eastern slope of Bernal Hill summit.
It’s long been known that Bernal’s tree-shrub thing has supernatural powers and functions as a gateway to the afterlife.
Some say it’s a California Buckeye, but no one seems to know exactly definitely for sure.
What we can say for sure is that Neighbor Tim has captured the beauty of the mysterious tree-shrub thing, in a very elemental way. Lovely!
PHOTO: Neighbor Tim