Yesterday I went to a meeting at 1455 Market Street, a big high-rise right at the corner of Market and 11th Street. The office was in one of the building’s upper stories, and it had incredible views of Our Faire City.
As I gazed south, I realized I was staring straight down South Van Ness to Bernal Hill, which looked particularly rakish and handsome.
In other words, I was basically eye-to-eye with Bernal Hill from a vantage point directly opposite those stone benches at the curve in the closed section of Bernal Heights Boulevard. You know… the ones that look straight up South Van Ness. Because when you sit on one of those benches, here’s what you see:
That’s South Van Ness slicing through the center, and the photo at the top of this post was taken from the building highlighted by the arrow.
To see both vantage points, let’s take in the view from the Bernalwood SkyCam:
Bonus Fun Fact! As the crow flies, the distance between the benches on Bernal Hill and 1455 Market is about 11,427 feet, or 2.16 miles.
And now you know how we look from that distance when workers inside 1455 Market look back (enviously) at us.
PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics. Aerial image courtesy of Google Earth
Did you see the rather super supermoon last night?
Don’t worry if you missed it, because your neighbors had it covered. Gary snapped the tight shot of the supermoon over the 280-101 Spaghetti Bowl, while Rachel snapped the wider shot of the same scene shown below. Super-duper!
It’s a well-documented fact that many people in Noe Valley experience a “Gatsby Complex” when they gaze at Bernal Hill — our proud-but-distant profile seems to trigger deep-seated feelings of admiration and longing among our neighbors to the west. That’s perfectly understandable, of course, given Bernal’s famous glamtasticness. But it must be hard to live that way.
Fortunately, Noe’s Gatsby Complex tends to generate some wonderful photography, and these two images prove the point. The photo at top was captured at dusk last weekend by Luke Spray, and the one below was taken at dawn on Sunday by Steve A.
Frankly, we don’t envy them — the whole Gatsby Complex thing must be a difficult burden to bear. Yet at least these shutterbugs have found a productive way to transform their psychological torment into beautiful art. Lucky for them — and even more lucky for us.
Hat Tip: MissionMission
Neighbor Chuck got a job, which has been great for his finances but bad for fans of his blog. Luckily for those patient fans, Neighbor Chuck found some time recently to go for one of his horticultural walks around Bernal Heights, and the result is a new installment in his occasional series of posts on “Everyday Sights in Bernal Heights”:
I don’t get to do this much anymore — walk around my neighborhood. Because I work all the time. Well, it’s nice to be wanted (for work). Up to a point. And then, blech.
This edition is huge and beautiful and full of gorgeous Bernal perspectives, so put on your virtual walking shoes and let Neighbor Chuck show you around.
PHOTOS: Neighbor Chuck/My Back 40 (Feet)
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:
Gaelen! Encore! Encore!
And finally, Neighbor Boris demonstrates some very strong photo kung-fu, and Sutro Tower appreciation:
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:
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
Thanks to Brian Christensen for sharing this awesome Bernal Hill labyrinth photo in the Bernalwood Flickr group.
Clearly, someone needs to get this doggie a drone!