camera obscura



i have been to san francisco a number of times, but have never really gotten a chance to be a true tourist.  i sailed competitively all thorough college and one of my favorite places to race was city front in san francisco.  butterflies would fill my belly with excitement as the breeze would pick up and the halyards would clack against masts faster and faster.  i got to know the wave organ well at the end of the peninsula.  we would post up there, watch the racing, eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, and try to soak up the sun before we had to go out for the next race.  but, that’s really all i got to spend some real quality time experiencing.  we, of course, hit the usual suspects: the golden gate bridge, the exploratorium (even better as an adult), coit tower, ghirardelli square, peir 39, chinatown (to pick up a friend’s dry cleaning, no less).  i’ve never taken BART, i’ve never been to alcatraz, i’ve never been to the farmer’s market, i’ve never been to a giant’s game.  all of these seem so quintessentially san francisco.  all of which i probably need to do, seeing as i live in california…….but, THIS was the attraction that really struck my fancy, above and beyond all of the previously noted: san francisco’s camera obscura.   how cool is this?!?


from their website:  “The camera obscura is a rare device,based on a 15th century design by Leonardo da Vinci.It produces 360 degrees of spectacular Live Images of the Seal Rock Area. Call the operator today! (415) 750-0415”

images via: one // two // three // four 

AND for your listening pleasure:


“french navy” ~ camera obscura

the indie pop band from scotland – not bad.

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