Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’ve always wanted to check out the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  By the time I got to the park, the fog had cleared, and the park was filled with children learning to ride bikes, and people rollerskating, playing music, reading, picnicking, and out enjoying the perfect weather.  The Conservatory of Flowers has a special butterfly exhibit going on through the end of June that I definitely recommend!  I took all of these photographs in the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

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Cataract Falls, California

Who knew just an hour north of San Francisco, you could see a mirrored lake, and waterfalls and greenery straight out of Oregon?  I highly recommend checking out Cataract Falls, near Mt. Tam, off Bolinas-Fairfax Road.  We did a 7.7 mile hike, combining various trails (although my iPhone seems to think we did closer to ten miles).  Thanks to the recent rain, the waterfalls were pretty amazing, and even had their own paparazzi!

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© Sarah Milstein 2016

 

 

Filoli Gardens, Woodside

I finally made it to the Filoli Gardens, which are about 25-miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.  From the outside, the house looks like a villa in Europe, and the grounds are equally beautiful.  Most of the fruit trees are in full bloom, and Spanish moss flows from some of the others.  As you leave the visitors’ entrance, you walk through a field of dandelions, which abuts the house.  I’ve never seen so many tulips — and such large ones at that!  The tulips are seasonal, and definitely worth making the trip for.  Although it seems like the absolute perfect place for a picnic, you’re not allowed to bring food on the grounds, because apparently when they close the gates at 3 every day, the mountain lions and deer come out to play, and keeping them at bay becomes more difficult with food around.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Public Glass, San Francisco

I took the Introduction to Hot Glass class at Public Glass today, and will never look at another glass the same again.  I made an ugly paperweight, a deformed glass, and one glass that I’m actually proud of, and may actually use for drinking one day.  I had no idea how hot glass needs to be to work with.  When it’s malleable, it has the consistency of honey, and demands that you rotate it constantly or else it turns into a lopsided blob.  Below are some photos, and oversimplified directions.  I would not try this at home, but definitely recommend trying it.

Step 1.  Dip the metal rod into the pot furnace filled with molten glass, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 2.  Place the rod in water to cool the handle, while rotating the rod constantly.

Step 3.  Carry the rod to the next station (either the bench or marver to begin shaping, or to the glory hole to reheat).

Step 4.  To create an opening, you blow through the rod and a small air bubble forms.

Step 5.  Finally, you transfer the glass to another rod called the punty, and then create a new opening from the side where the air bubble formed.  Continue reheating, rotating and shaping, and then release.  Voila!

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Clau in San Fran

My friend Clau visited me from Buenos Aires last week.  Even though she uses a Nikon, and we can’t share lenses, we share a love of photography, cheese, and dancing, and somehow have the same ridiculous sense of humor.  Saturday, we started our day with delicious Gouda Tarts at the Mill, and then headed past Chrissy Field to take photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, and then to the Sutro Baths.  Pretty much, it was a perfect day!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco

Lots of cool stuff at the Renegade Craft Fair in Fort Mason this weekend.  There was a lot of beautiful hand painted pottery, prints, cards, posters, and clothing.  They’re taking the show on the road, so if you’re in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, or Austin, you can still check it out!  Here are photos of some of the things that caught my eye.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Jellies and Skelies, California Academy of Sciences

We went to Creatures of the NightLife at California Academy of Sciences on Thursday for the Halloween-themed NightLife event, replete with costume-clad patrons and a Zombie Drag Show.  Aside from peoples’ costumes, I loved the jellyfish, giant skeletons, and the skulls exhibit.

California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park at 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA, 94118

© Sarah Milstein 2014