Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Graceful Pyramid (of Excuses)

Oof!! Can you believe it's the end of June and this is my 1st post of the month? Eep! I have no excuse, just haven't been taking a lot of photos this month.

Earlier this month though, Jimmy and I went to the Grace Cathedral to hear an organ recital.

Organists from all over the world come to perform a one hour concert on the catheral's famous organ. We sat very close to the organist in the choir seats behind the high alter. (no photos during the recital, so I snapped this and the next pic on my cell phone just before she came out).
um, yea...I'm that person who takes photos inside a church. But i tried to be sneaky about it :). The big round stained glass window is at the front of the cathedral. You can see some of the organ pipes below it.

I took this photo of the organ pipes in a differnt part of the cathedral a few months ago with the good camera.

On our way home, we enjoyed the views since it was a clear, breezy evening.
Bay views, looking towards Fisherman's Wharf from Nob Hill.

Typical San Francisco row houses. Love all the bay windows.

Driving down Columbus Street from Fisherman's Wharf, the main attraction will always be the Pyramid Building.
She's an iconic part of the skyline and has been the tallest building in San Francisco since 1972 at 853 feet.

The two "wings,” which flank the building and rise vertically from the 29th floor, are necessary near the top of The Transamerica Pyramid because elevators cannot run at the angle of the building. The eastside wing contains 18 elevator shafts, 15 of them for high-speed passenger elevators; the westside wing houses one of two stairwells and a smoke tower.

The Pyramid still takes center stage even though she's been cut in half. Even her shadow demands attention on the Embarcadero Center building to the left (east) of her.

2 comments:

Shammickite said...

I love the way you refer to the Pyramid building as a "she". Is this just you being your usual quirky self, or does everyone in SF attribute feminine properties to this elegant tower? I must admit, it definitely is a stunning view against the blue sky. Interesting fact about the elevators. I really must visit SF before I croak, it's all so interesting!

Ginnie said...

LOL at Sham. One day I want to visit SF with Astrid. Besides spitting off the Golden Gate Bridge, there's so much we both want to see. I've been before but I don't think I had camera eyes then, if you know what I mean! :)