Posts Tagged ‘ocean beach’

San Francisco Invaded by Hovercraft and Helicopters – See and Hear the Action, Courtesy of David Cruz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz caught the start of Fleet Week 2012 yesterday over at Ocean Beach.

Check it:

Via David Cruz

And the video:

Get To the Chopper! The West Side of San Francisco to be Invaded by the US Military this Morning

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Or so they say:

“This morning from 10-11 am a large military watercraft will arrive on Ocean Beach. This is part of an exercise and is only a drill.”

“This morning 11am-1pm there will be an exercise w/2 helicopters at Sunset Blvd & Lake Merced Blvd. Noise will be elevated. It’s only a drill”

The Feds Make a Deal to Set Aside More Space for Western Snowy Plovers, San Francisco’s Cutest Birds

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity is crowing about more room being designated for the Western Snowy Plover along the west coast.

San Francisco isn’t getting more space for these critters but they already have as much as they need here now, not that some area dog owners agree with the way things are these days.

Anyway, here are some San Francisco Snowy Plovers and the also the deets of the new agreement with the Feds are below.

(Oh, and remember, as always, plover rhymes with lover.)

A snowy plover on Ocean Beach _not_ being harassed by a dog:

Now, Ocean Beach Dog, ooh, somebody over there got an off-leash ticket from the Feds a looooong time ago. (Can you guess what year by looking at the website design? Sure you can.) Oh well. Well, the Feds don’t like Ocean Beach Dog and people what behave like Ocean Beach Dog. The Feds consider us Whacko City, USA because of outfits like OBD, oh well.

Most dogs don’t bother the boids, of course. Can you see the snowy plover?

But some dogs do harass the birds. (These aren’t actually snowy plovers near Lawton and the Great Highway but the dogs don’t know or care about that.)

(Get those Ocean Beach birds, good boy!)

And here’s the sitch up in Crissy Field:

See the birds, see the unleashed dog?

Is is surprising to you that an unleashed dog could find and chase these plovers? What was surprising to me was to hear that this particular boid flew up from Morro Bay (where it was banded and which is like way south of here) all the way up to the Marina District:

Keep on keeping on, plovers:

More Than 24,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected for Western Snowy Plover

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 24,527 acres (38 square miles) of critical habitat to protect the Pacific Coast population of threatened western snowy plovers in Washington, Oregon and California.

“Protecting critical habitat will help this lovely shorebird continue on the path to recovery,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “Species with federally protected habitat are more than twice as likely to be moving toward recovery than species without it, so this puts a big safety net between plovers and extinction.”

Western snowy plovers breed primarily on beaches in southern Washington, Oregon, California and Baja California. Today’s designation includes four critical habitat units in Washington (covering 6,077 acres), nine units in Oregon (covering 2,112 acres) and 47 units in California (covering 16,337 acres).

Snowy plovers were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993, when the coastal population had dropped to 1,500 birds and plovers no longer bred at nearly two-thirds of their former nesting sites. That Endangered Species Act protection allowed the population to increase to more than 3,600 adults by 2010.

Plovers are recovering but still face many threats, including widespread and frequent disturbance of nesting sites by humans, vehicles and off-leash dogs; crushing by off-road vehicles; global climate change; pesticide use; and habitat loss.

The western snowy plover was first granted 19,474 acres of critical habitat in 1999. In 2005 the Bush administration illegally reduced the critical habitat to 12,145 acres, eliminating protection for thousands of acres scientists believed necessary for the snowy plover’s survival and abandoning key habitat areas crucial for recovery. In 2008 the Center sued over the unlawful reduction of the plover’s habitat protections, leading to a settlement agreement with the Service and today’s revised designation.

Today’s final rule includes the reinstatement of habitat areas identified by government scientists as essential that were improperly withdrawn in 2005; inclusion of some areas not currently occupied by plovers but important for their recovery; and addition of habitats such as back-dune systems in an attempt to offset anticipated effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The western snowy plover is a shy, pocket-sized shorebird that weighs less than two ounces and lives for three years. Plovers forage for worms, insects and crustaceans in wet sand and in kelp that has washed ashore. The word “plover” is thought to come from the Old French”plovier” or “rain bird” because plovers were seen on sandy French beaches during spring rains.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 375,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.”

Oh, and also remember that San Francisco is for Plovers:

Dolphin Roundup 2011: The Best San Francisco County Dolphin Sightings of the Year, Plus Babies From Years Past

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.

Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:

Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:

From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!

From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way

From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow? 

From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses

From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm

From a boat – Pacific white-sided

From a boat – northern white whale dolphins

From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s

Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)

That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:

From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:

Same angle:

As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:

And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:

Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Via David Yu. Click to expand

And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:

Keep a lookout for dolphins!

Know Your Two-Seat, Russian, Yakovlev Yak-52 Acrobatic-Training Aircraft Above San Francisco

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Remember that Yak-50 what used to buzz about the bay area? Good times. (See below for some shots taken from the East Peak of Mt. Tam.)

Well this is better, this one’s a Yak-52 (Як-52). Hurray!

(It probably killed fewer pilots per hour than the single-seat Yak-50, so that’s nice.)

As seen from Land’s End:

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(In Soviet Russia, plane kill you!)

What kind of crazy airplanes will Mother Russia send over next?

“This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

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Canon 1D Mark II with 300mm 2.8 IS I and 2x extender – ISO 400 and lots of digital zoom:

Happy trails.”

Famous Louis’ Restaurant Out Near the Cliff House Reopens on August 3, 2011 – Meet Your Federalized Louis’

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes the news: “Louis’ is reopening on Wednesday, August 3, 2011!!!

Check it:

“Got my card in the mail…YAY!!! Just went to your new website and read through everything…great job!!! I love all the “Green” changes you have made…can’t wait to have a cage-free bacon and cheese omelet with some organic coffee!!!!! See you soon…..”

Mmmmm… cage-free bacon.

Anyway, that means that worksite BMXing will soon be a memory:

An excellent capture from dendowling

All the deets:

The Richmond District Blog

“Louis’ Restaurant is going green and organic…”

Inside the Outside Lands

“Keeping Louis’ Alive…”

SF Chronicle

“The family that has run a beloved old-style diner will get to keep it…”

“Louis’ Restaurant is saved…”

“Louis’ serves up eggs, hashbrowns, and a view on the side…”

“Drama is unfolding at Louis’ Restaurant…”

“Can’t imagine the area without Louis’… it’s been my favorite since I was a kid…”

“Family must bid for diner after 73 years…”

 San Francisco Examiner

“Saving San Francisco, one link at a time…”

SF Weekly Blogs

“The bidding process may be more competitive than landing Louis’ famous corner booth…”

“Sutro Heights Diner Trys to Stay Alive…”

Fog City Foodie

The wait staff is super friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable…”

And here’s what I mean by federalized. Some of this stuff costs money, some of it saves money, some of it’s “whenever possible” – more what you call guidelines than actual rules. We’ll have to wait and see how this might affect prices.

“Louis’ Restaurant’s Efforts To Be Green & Healthy

We at Louis’ Restaurant know that it is important to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We also believe it is our responsibility to provide our guests with healthy food options.  The following are ways in which Louis’ Restaurant is working towards these goals:

Our Menu
With our yearly usage of over 150,000 eggs, we are now using only cage free eggs that are produced within 100 miles.  Our produce is now certified organic and sourced from within 200 miles, whenever possible.  All our meat and poultry are all natural, hormone and antibiotic free, vegetarian fed, and humanely raised.  All bread & desserts are sourced within 25 miles. Our coffee is certified organic and certified fair trade.

Our Waste Management
We have diverted our solid waste by 75% through recycling and composting.  Our takeout containers are made of compostable materials, and we have changed the way we serve our coffee creamer and butter to further reduce our waste.  We have discontinued selling plastic bottles, instead offering a bottle made of compostable material.  Our used cooking oil is picked up by Got Grease, a small local company that makes biodiesel fuel from the old oil, their major client is the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

Our Renovation
We have installed new tile floors in our dining room made with 55% recycled content.  We have reused our tabletops and booth and counter seats by recovering them.  We changed all lighting to LED bulbs in our dining room and storage areas and all new appliances are Energy Star rated wherever possible in order to reduce our energy consumption.  Our toilet and faucets are all low flow.  We have installed a new high efficiency hand dryer in the restroom that will reduce use of paper towels. The bamboo wainscot in our dining room is Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) and is a renewable resource.  The roof at the addition has a reflective Energy Star qualified surface.  All interior paint is zero VOC.  Insulation is made from denim and contains no formaldehyde.  Our bathroom and alley doors were reclaimed as was the lumber used to build our emergency exit walkway.  We also used all FSC certified framing lumber to construct the East Elevation Addition.”

Bon Courage, nouveau Louis’!

West Bay Update: The New Beachside Restaurant (Formerly the C&M Bar) Hasn’t Opened Yet, But It’s Fitting In Already

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This new old-looking sign is now up, so one can only conclude that the closed C&M Bar is about to reopen as Beachside at 4300 Judah, way out there on 48th Avenue:

Via Mike Billings 

See? Looks as if it’s been there forever.

GrubStreet has all the the deets that are to be had at this point.

Here’s the reverse angle next to the N Judah turnaround:

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Bon courage, Beachside!

Better Know Your Pacific Ocean Beaches of the Bay Area: NASA Photos Shows Half Moon Bay to Point Reyes

Friday, July 15th, 2011

NASA just posted a photo from the last Space Shuttle flight. It’s big, like 4000 pixels.

Here are some annotations. (The white line is the mighty San Andreas fault.)

Click to expand.“This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.”

And here’s the plain version at 1800 pixels:

Surf’s up.

Build It And They Will Come: Gigantic Murphy Windmill Once Again Rises Above the Trees of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

See?

(Looks like something a cult would build…)

This thing is huge. Look for it in the southwest corner of the park:

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Views From The Thicket has the deets.

Will this work be completed by the end of summer?

Will the Murphy Windmill eventually become a restaurant?

We’ll see.

Oh, and here’s the view from inside from a half-decade back. Spooky.

Bon Courage, Moulin à Vent du Murphy!

Sunday Streets Great Highway & Golden Gate Park a Huge Success for 2011 – Dogs, Dancing, Davids, Dudes and Dune Rolling

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Sunday Streets Great Highway 2011 II on July 10 worked out all right, with generally sunny skies in the east and generally cloudy skies in the west.

Although some, like The Tender found today’s event in the West Bay sad:

Sunday Streets at Golden Gate Park & the Great Highway was a bit sad – foggy, windy, not many people… Also: http://t.co/aCWQhit

Didn’t seem like a whole bunch of people this go around, but oh well.

Dog #1:

Dog #2:

Dancing – Lindy in the Park:

David #1, Chiu to be precise – he’s running for Mayor or something. (D.C. won the Mayoral race today, Sundays Streetswise. Saw some people from the Dennis Herrera and John Avalos campaigns as well.) That’s famous Public Bikes Founder Dan Nguyen-Tan‘s famous orange Funcycle in there – it seats seven:

David #2, Onek to be precise – he’s running for District Attorney or something:

Dude #1, It’s Mark Lukach (plus Dog #3) repping the always-reliable Ocean Beach Bulletin. OBB in the Hizzy:

And Dude #2, piloting the Famous 415 Quadricycle:

Dune Rolling:

AT&T sent its youngest employees to hand out shopping bags. They were gathering pro-utility box petitions for U-Verse / LightSpeed, I think:

But life went on in the West Bay regardless. So the Beach Chalet was serving a full house:

And the surfers were surfing. “00:43:17 Look at that. Breaks both ways. Watch. Watch. 00:43:20 Look! Good six-foot swells!”

And the Segwayers were Segwaying:

Hurray!