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Bernal Heights

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Diamond Heights

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first Sunday Streets of 2013 – Embarcadero

San Franciscans enjoying todays Sunday Streets on the Embarcadero, the first one of 2013

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Magnolia Bloom at the San Francisco Botanical gardens

Not much time left for this, maybe a couple of weeks because the weather this year has been colder. The Magnolias at the San Francisco Botanical Garden have mostly reached the peak of flowering and it won’t happen again until next year. Many flowers are on the ground but there’s still many up in the trees

full flickr set here

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Franciscan Manzanita bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens

the rare Franciscan Manzanita Doyle Drive clone at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is starting to bloom and the first buds and flowers are appearing now. The Franciscan Manzanita recieved federal protection last year and has been cloned in a few places including the San Francisco Botanical gardens. This is the plant that was found in the middle of Doyle drive during construction and was thought to be extinct

The mother plant that was transplanted from Doyle Drive to a secret location in the Presidio is still doing well, but is off limits to the public. You can see some photos of the mother plant here. A series of clones was cut and transplanted at the native plant garden at the SF Botanical Gardens and nearly all are doing well and those are all publicly accessible. below are photos of the first flowers this year from those clones and a youtube video posted by the Presidio Trust of the story of the Franciscan Manzanita

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Crackheads of the Day #75

No, that’s not a harmonica

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and needles too. Don’t forget that needles are an essential accessory for Mid Market, San Francisco

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butterfly restoration at Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park

Restoration of butterfly habitat at the top of Strawberry Hill in Golden gate park started two years ago with the latest volunteer effort just two weeks ago

This involves putting native plants on the hill top that butterflies like

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monarch butterflies on Strawberry Hill

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playing with fire on a SOMA rooftop

fire acrobatics on a rooftop in western SOMA, San Francisco

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Iraq war protest, October 26, 2002

It was 10 years ago today in San Francisco.

This was the first big antiwar protest since the 60’s. The next big one was January 19, 2003. These photos published for the first time.

Full Flickr set is here

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San Francisco State 1968, 2012

San Francisco State 1968, via the San Francisco State Leonard Library. More about that activism and strike at Found SF and also with Calvin Welch

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cataloging every plant at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens

This is the team that is in the process of documenting every single species of plant at the San Francisco botanical gardens, and mapping them with geo coordinates. They are about one third of the way through and two years into it and have cataloged about 6000 plants so far, which means there’s an estimated 18,000 plants. This has never been done before at the SF Botanical gardens and will eventually be digitized and publicly available. Previously it was all scattered hand drawn descriptions and maps and very incomplete

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