^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.