Neighbor Chuck Finds New “Everyday Sights in Bernal Heights”





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 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.