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Corona Heights
Made by Lorcan Keating
San Francisco, CA The Corona Heights neighborhood stretches between Buena Vista Park and Eureka Valley. The streets within Corona Heights were literally cut out of the large hill that once encompassed all of Buena Vista Park and extended all the way down to Market Street. In 1899, excavation began on the hill to make way for the Gray Brothers Quarry and brick factory. The quarry had removed tons of rock and produced tens of thousands of bricks, creating a blasted landscape (seen in the photo). George and Harry Gray (the Gray brothers) owned a total of three quarries in San Francisco. Besides The Corona Heights Quarry, One was located on Telegraph Hill,[2] and the third at Thirtieth and Castro (now called Billy Goat Hill) located above Noe Valley.[3] They had a bad reputation that was well deserved. Of the bricks that were produced at the factory, many of them were used in the Cable Car beds. Subsequently it was determined that these bricks were substandard and had to be replaced. The community became enraged with the Gray brothers when adults and children were injured by falling rocks and homes were damaged by flying debris. Although the Gray brothers faced lawsuit after lawsuit, they kept quarrying. In 1909, Carolyn Bush, their cashier and George Gray's secretary, was shot and killed by an unpaid worker who lost his temper. A few years later in 1915 George, by then a millionaire, was at the Thirtieth and Castro quarry. He was confronted by Joseph Lococo, a 26-year-old former worker whom Gray refused to pay back wages (of only $17.50). George was murdered by Lococo at the quarry. The Quarrying and the company ended at that time.[4][5][6][7] - Wikipedia

DFX_0799

DFX_0799
Made by nxtrFOTO
After a full day of shooting in the San Francisco Bay Area, we decided to end the day with a series of dramatic sunset shots from Twin Peaks. So we drove up the winding road to the popular lookout point and easily found a parking lot, quite unusual because there's always some waiting involved whenever we come to this place. We opened the car doors and stepped into what felt like the beginning of a Pacific storm. The winds were blowing so hard, we could not hold our cameras steady enough to capture sharp images in the rapidly diminishing light. After about 5 minutes, we decided to drive down to a lower elevation in front of Twin Peaks where winds will hopefully be blowing over our heads. That's where we found this barren hill called Corona Heights. Parking is more difficult and there's some uphill hiking involved but we got to the zenith of the hill just in time before the winds overhead finally blew in enough low clouds to cut off all warm lighting.

Finally, a seat

Finally, a seat
Made by franciscophile
We last saw this couple holding tight and fast to this piece of real estate in Corona Heights. They were suspended under the pressure (a few months of it ) of the photograhpers life. They made a seat out of the rock and now they get to enjoy the friuts of this intense labor. They had the pleasure of looking over the Eureka Valley and the skyline of San Francisco. The East Bay is also within the scope of the human eye. Perhaps all the hills are visable this day? Did they look to the right and see Diamond Heights or north to have their view of the Golden Gate blocked by Buena Vista Park? Perhaps they looked at row after row after row of streets which seem to keep their houses in line? It also seems these streets with their houses so neatly stacked next to each other climb up the land til they almost touch the top of San Bruno mountain. That's where Daly City begins.

Off to the side

Off to the side
Made by mattymatt
True story: we hiked all the way to the top of Corona Heights and then discovered that we'd left the plate for the tripod at home. So we balanced the camera veeeeeeery carefully on the tripod, used the timer, and prayed that it wouldn't jiggle too much. And it worked! I'm adding this to the Golden Record group because I like how this photo sums up the human tendency to carve scars on the planet, and to recoil when we see what we've done.

cute chaos

cute chaos
Made by petebeck
Paco and six friends, today at Chihuahua Cha Cha. this was our first time at what is a regular monthly gathering of chi's and other little dogs. being so used to taking our boy to a regular dog park and having him be the tinyest pup there, it was amazing to me to see him running around with 50 or so pups that were all his size! he had an absolute blast and so did we.

Corona Heights

Corona Heights
Made by houze
This photo is a part of The New York Times project Moment in Time, an interactive gallery of photos from around the world all taken around 15:00 U.T.C., Sunday, May 2. This was 8am in San Francisco and the sun was already bright over Corona Heights.

Money makes the world go round

Money makes the world go round
Made by A Sutanto
A little of capitalism theme going on here. The building in the foreground is the San Francisco Mint. Followed by a Bank of America branch in the middle. The Port of Oakland in the background. Last but not least, the ultimate symbol of modern capitalism, a skyscraper condominium. In this case it's the sleek and modern One Rincon Hill.

gable end window

gable end window
Made by Ed Brodzinsky
here is another house detail from the Corona Heights neighborhood of San Francisco; this is an interesting three section window in an upper story gable end; the two outer sashes appear to be side-hinged casements while the taller center sash is probably fixed; the window group sits in a sea of scalloped wood shingles

Just another evening in San Francisco

Just another evening in San Francisco
Made by A Sutanto
The last shot in the series from Corona Heights. This is looking towards Upper Market, China Basin and Mission Bay area. If you are interested in being able to pan from one shot to the next, I have also added links on the bottom corners of each shot in the series. Hope you like it ; )

Dawn over Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Dawn over Bernal Heights, San Francisco
Made by Tolka Rover
On those rare non-foggy mornings when I am up early enough, I can have breakfast watching the dawn light flooding into the city as the sun rises over the East Bay hills. [blogged] [DSC_5106-bernal-2]

house on the Vulcan Steps

house on the Vulcan Steps
Made by Ed Brodzinsky
the late afternoon sun is reflected off the windows of this house along the Vulcan Steps in the Corona Heights neighborhood of San Francisco; these steps, or stairs, are one of a series of a dozen or so stepped passageways between streets in various parts of the city

194 - Cacophony Society, 1993

194 - Cacophony Society, 1993
Made by DangerRanger
L to R- Dan Miller, Peter Doty, Judy West, Larry Harvey, Chris Radcliffe, William Binzen, Chandler White, unkwn, Michael Michael, Louise Jarmillowicz, unkwn, John Law, Madeline Puccioni, Monroe Pastermack, Michael Lyons, Nancy Denny, Annie Coulter, Jason Rackberry.



Made by heather
Bug came and dropped a dead rodent at my feet during the afternoon walk at Corona Heights. He was thrilled. I screamed like a girl. twitter.com/#!/hchamp/status/63457819332050944

Cardboard Village

Cardboard Village
Made by J-Fish
Someone took the time and effort to make a little cardboard village and position it overlooking the full sized one below. Interesting bit of art for sure, although those would be some pretty big soccer goals if they are supposed to be to scale.

Chasmanthe floribunda

Chasmanthe floribunda
Made by Eric in SF
Species from South Africa, naturalized in Mediterranean California. There is a very large patch of these growing on the southeastern edge of Buena Vista Park. There are even some pure yellow clumps but they were too far away for a decent shot.



Made by heather
World Photography Day, August 19, 2011. Corona Heights, Contax T3, Kodak Portra 160VC. While they love San Francisco, I'm not sure I love their spray painted proclamation across the rocky outcrop that adorns the summit of Corona Heights.

Corona Heights

Corona Heights
Made by blech​
Looking down at San Francisco from Corona Heights, a wonderfully accessible and relatively central viewpoint for the city. It's not as famous as Twin Peaks but it's a lot easier to get to by public transport (and foot).

No longer there

No longer there
Made by heather
I noticed on last night's walk that the knitted gold string rock had walked away. I hope it's gone to a good home. Won't stop me from making more, though that gold string was a bitch to knit. Buena Vista, Contax T3.

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths
Made by kaoni701
Typical of San Francisco, the weather turns from sunny perfection to rainy ugliness in a flash, foiling my plans to go shooting this weekend. Sigh..... Explore #2! Thank you :) This one is from my archives.

stucco detail

stucco detail
Made by Ed Brodzinsky
this little character decorates the exterior stucco work on a house in the Corona Heights neighborhood of San Francisco; about 2 feet in size, horizontally, this sculpted whimsy sits above a window opening



Nearest places of interest:

Vulcan Stairway
Saturn Steps
Corona Heights Park
The Randall Museum
  Lower Corona Heights Tennis Courts
Rocky Mountain Dayschool
Corona Heights Dog Park
Buena Vista Manor House

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