Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Circling Angel Island

For nautical diehards the Flaneur's here-- a fast tour of the marine meteorology and topography, and the culture of primeval Angel Island and its environs.




Another day on the Bay, vigorous and glorious.




I took a mid-day ferry to Pier 41,
Had lunch out on a windy node of a nearby dock--
sardines, whole wheat seedy bagel with almond butter, 
broccoli, golden bell, and carrots in cherry balsamic vinegar --
the usual. Oh and a Raven's Eye imperial stout



Then I caught the 3:15 summer weekender back
For the same fare you get a cruise to Angel Island
to pick up the day-trippers bound for Oaktown





Alcatraz

I have never set foot there and I never will 
unless it's returned to First Nation people.
A commercial attraction based on human misery it stands



 

Underway
mid-Bay in minutes





The bridge is much closer than it appears in this wide-angle photo.
 Really wild out hear, boat rocking, wind and sea spray,
like riding the "Maid of the Mist" at Niagara Falls

This is where London's The Sea Wolf opens:
A gentleman is returning to SF from Sausalito when the boat sinks
Rescued by the brute Wolf Larsen
only to be shanghaied for a long sea voyage






There's Sausalito 
ant hill that went from square to bohemian and back
Still fun in an kitsch artsy overpriced tourist trap way
the location and the view always astonishing
Mount Tamalpais looks sagely on






San Francisco appears so distant,
wave good-bye








Here's Angel Island facing the Gate






My choice for the most beautiful waters on the Bay





Calmer under the influence of the islands





Around to the harbor
Last year at a picnic table uphill a bit on the right
 as I stood up a deer came bounding downhill toward me
It veered into open space, landing well on the beach below
 bounding off past some young boys
like, wow




There's the marina and the main building on the island.
I left my previous image capture device on a bench there 
It freed me to explore with bothering with photos




Here's where we pull in





The view across the cove-- territories of Marin county





 Showing his daughter how to shuck oysters;
she's avidly interested





I imagine it has looked pretty much like this 
for quite a long time





Always plenty of elbow room on the island
I hiked up along here point last visit


 The farthest point, beyond the sea




San Francisco comes into view






Back into the middle





 Willie Brown fudge-punches Yerba Buena Island






 Adios to Angel Island




Making for home port





 The old Bay bridge disappears
make way for the new






 Everybody's grooving on the water
on a sunny day in July






 Home again, home again jiggity-jig
last refuge to which a scoundrel clings









 The Secret of the Sea 
Inter-chapter 3











19 July 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nostalgia for Last Summer




 Super moonrise over Lake Merritt





Glimpses of a techtonic shift in perception, the Flaneur found himself embedded in Old Oakland. Here are the illuminations as captured by my former digital capture device, a real tin lizzy with some occasionally felicitous results.





The question seemed to haunt me






I found myself on the edge of Chinatown
just in time for the "Super moon"





An old and inscrutable part of the city





A heavy police presence prevails thereabouts





The night I walked around looking at neon
Police in riot gear were bivouaced across Seventh street





On Broadway, even the tattooed love boys
seemed a bit restless






There had been some trouble
a jury in Florida acquitted a right-wing vigilante
who stalked and killed an unarmed black youth





The obligatory windows were broken





Always liked this place








Found an easy dependable escape
relaxation dockside at Jack London Square





With its regular ferry service to the Bay and beyond




A remedial course in exhilaration





Waiting for the fireworks
Independence Day in Aquatic Park






 This bombed Lady of Fatima is now gone
 A strange group bought the church
and added glowing sci-fi insignia




Something to celebrate,
The supreme court banned same-sex marriage bans
in the summer of 2013




Good old Ratto's survives to this day
lawyers and court apparatchiks
 bulge here at lunch time





The city is like a storage unit
for aging American dreams





Commemorating an emergent society
that never quite emerges






The public commons and the collective memeory
may seem a little threadbare at times






Yet everyday joy can be just a bus ride away
--Crown beach, Alameda






A honey bee visits a sunflower
outside the public library
 hope springs eternal










July-August 2013