It’s a Banksy!


Banksy airstrike?

Banksy airstrike?

While waiting for the parade in China town last weekend I took a break from enjoying the festivities to enjoy some excellent dim sum. As I sat there eating I heard someone say “If at first you don’t succeed call in an air strike.”

Since this is  an unusual saying I followed their gaze out the window and saw a familiar looking style of graffiti on a nearby wall.  I recognized it because just last year I had watched “Exit through the gift shop” a documentary about a film makers search for the elusive “Banksy” and other graffiti artists. It’s an interesting film and won several awards. I searched the web to confirm this piece was done by Banksy and then showed it to the couple I had overheard discussing it.

Pageant Beauties

Pageant Beauties

Continuing on my way through China town I ran into the lovely ladies from the Chinatown beauty pageant selling raffle tickets as part of a fundraiser, for some reason I was compelled to buy a couple. Always a sucker for a pretty face I guess.

Sign of the times

Sign of the times

I spotted this guy holding up a sign alongside the street festival, really couldn’t make heads or tales of his message but I thought the picture of Kirk and Spock was a nice touch.

I’ll be posting the parade pictures next and then maybe I’ll take a stab at editing all the video I shot.

Urban Adventure


Downtown SanFrancisco Downtown SanFrancisco “Lady in Red”

As promised earlier I made it to the Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco this weekend. I was quite excited as I had missed the last couple of years due to other things going on. I now have hundreds of images to sort through and   I’ve shot some video so hopefully I’ll be able to edit and post video as well. It’ll be awhile till I get through all that though so here’s a couple of pictures in the meanwhile.

Dragon Dancers Dragon Dancers

Dragon Dragon

 

child and red balloon

child and red balloon

Performer

This performer/dancer came as part of a troop all the way from Northern China!

City at night

City at night

Gung Hay Fat Choy


New Year Dragon

New Year Dragon

Happy belated Chinese new year. The big parade in San Francisco isn’t until February 11th though so you still have time to plan to attend.Here’s some pictures from prior years to whet your appetite.

Dragon

Dragon

 
Parade

Parade

 
 
local celebrity?

local celebrity?

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Banners

Banners

 
 
 

Marin Headlands


Golden gate

Golden gate

In anticipation of Isaac flying in from Australia I took a few days off work and headed out to the Marin Headlands. The plan was that my parents would pick him up at the airport and meet me there so we could see some of the sights of  San Francisco and the bay area before heading North. Unfortunately Isaacs flight was canceled and he had to get a different flight later in the week. I spent a very nice couple of days at the Marin Hostel though and took plenty of pictures before heading back to Sacramento.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Sunset on the beach

Sunset on the beach

Humming bird

Humming bird

buck

buck

Another glorious sunset

Another glorious sunset

Marin Headlands


 

Golden Gate

Golden Gate viewed from the headlands

 

Weekend before last, Nick asked if I was interested in going to take some pictures (He just got a new canon 7d) I said sure and since he was also getting a lens from someone in the bay area we decided to head to San Francisco. Nick wanted to shoot some pictures of the Golden Gate and since I’d always wanted to walk out to the light house on the North point we agreed to visit the Marin headlands, then head into the city for a few night shots.

We got a bit of a late start and then had to wait a bit to pick up the lens but we still had plenty of beautiful daylight left when we got to the Marin headlands.  I even managed to get some wildlife shots as there were deer, several small birds and a hawk. I approached the hawk stealthily only to spot a little girl standing directly under it!I then proceeded to walk up to it for some close ups.

Hawk

Hawk ready for his close up

 

We finally headed out to the lighthouse only to find we had just made it in time. They were closing up for the day and wouldn’t be allowing more people out across the bridge. We got several pictures then headed into the city for some dinner at fishermans warf and then some night time photography.

LightHouse

Lighthouse

 

Light house

Another view of the light house

 

First off we enjoyed the sunset during dinner, We were dissapointed to see the minimal lighting on the Golden gate so instead we took pictures of the bay bridge.

sunset

Sunset from fishermans warf

 

Bay bridge

Bay Bridge with San Francisco Belle lit up in front