Tuesday, April 19, 2016

San Francisco Snaps

San Francisco, California
^all images are my own.

I had never really had my sights set on San Francisco before I moved down here. I always thought fondly of the city by the bay but I didn't really have much experience here to know what made it so special. Of course, like most people, I knew of the varied and inspired treats that beckon from the Ferry Building and I was familiar with the barking seals over at Fisherman's Wharf. But catapulting our entire life down here in the bay area has actually validated me in one of the main reasons I wanted to move out of my hometown. Many suggested just taking trips to these cities I thought of moving to rather than harnessing my life into boxes and finding myself far away from home. And I kept reiterating the point that being a vacationer is not the same as being a resident. You don't explore the nooks and crannies as well when you're there for a long weekend. You don't live the city when you're racing from one flight to the next.  Of course I love me some fast-paced vacations but what I craved out of moving was something a little different. As I've now kept pace with San Francisco over hundreds of walks and many snaps, I really feel like I'm getting a chance to grasp what this place is all about in terms that have nothing to do with the general tourist vibe. And it's been a treat for my eyes. Most of the images above have been a result of things I saw as I went about my daily life. The sunset over the Bay Bridge in the bottom left was the view from my office one late evening. The picture in the middle that I posted last night was just a view from Monday evening as Jay and I moseyed through Nob Hill down to Trader Joe's to stock the fridge. I stumbled on that pink piggy hat while on a long Sunday walk with Chandler. All sorts of things that just appeared as I went about my normal, daily life routine. And I dig it.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of creating a photo challenge for myself to try and harness these types of images into something a bit more cohesive. Any ideas welcome! See also: HAYYYLPPP. lol. 
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13 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Your trip looked amazing! All these pictures are so pretty! And I really want that bubbly bucket haha! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

This makes me want to take a trip back to San Fran soon!! Those sunsets are gorgeous!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Caitlin, these photos are phenomenal. The colors make me instantly happy.

I know my favorite photogs in my city do a few things:
1-take the same photo in all sorts of light/weather
2-#streetscenes...your bubbly bucket and pink piggy hat could be #sanfranscenes
3-Bridge theme? Shots of things with the iconic bridges in the background (that happens here in Philly with the Ben Franklin mostly, but people use the Betsy Ross, Walt Whitman, and Tacony as well)
4-San Francisco Eats. A lot of times instagram points me in the direction of which restaurant in town I want to try next.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

It really is so true that you don't 100% experience a city until you actually live there! All of your snaps are always so pretty, and I love getting to experience the Bay City from a non tourist's point of view! That would be so much fun to start a photo challenge for yourself, although I'm not sure exactly what the theme could be. I'm sorry that I'm not much help!

Pat Hatt said...

Yep, can experience it fully unless you live there. Then you either want to stay or run away haha All I know about San Fran comes from you and Monk.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These are gorgeous! So colorful!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Ok I definitely need that bubbly bucket especially with that view! Your pics are always so gorgeous and so rich in color <3
Green Fashionista

Brittany said...

Oh my word. These photos are gorgeous. I love Indy, but this is making me want to pack my life into a van and move out to San Fran right now.

MilitaryPugWife said...

Love it! I'm jealous! All I can get is photos of ratchets and hoopties here. Ya know, those cars with stuff like Hubba Bubba and Wile E Coyote painted on the outside and spinners and the gold frame?? We got lots of those!! Turnt up.
Xxoo

Emily said...

It's true we don't get to explore the nooks and crannies like visitors do. I'm sure I would fall in love with the city if I moved there which I have considered before. Gorgeous sunset view over the bridge!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I've only been to SF like twice, and we did super touristy things. I really want to get into the city some time when we're down visiting Michael's parents and go to the more local spots! Your pictures are beautiful!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i am the least creative person on the planet, so i have no suggestions or ideas, i'm sorry. but i love all these pictures and i totally agree that vacationing/living are two different things. i love to vacation and be a tourist, but i don't pretend to know any of the places i have been as well as the residents. just like a lot of people look at my hometown and want to visit, but all i see are the nooks and crannies, and they aren't as pretty as your pictures lol. but anyway. i hope you are loving living there :)

Ever Emma said...

Ahh I love San Francisco. Whenever I visit someplace new I like to imagine what my life would be like if I lived there. I look through Zillow and check out jobs in the area. It makes the place I'm visiting seem a little more like home, even though I really don't have a clue what the day to day would actually be like.