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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Drive By Dahlias

The Boy picked me up from work and we did a drive-by of the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park, which is near our home. I caught the last of the sun on the most amazing dahlias I've ever seen...and must go back for more. These blooms are amazing!

In the Language of Flowers, dahlias represent Elegance and Dignity. I'd agree...wouldn't you?


Anonymous September 18, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

dignity, i like that a lot. you know these pictures are so incredible, its hard to believe they are even real. everytime i've tried to photograph a flower, it turns out looking like muck. you just have an incredible talent. dahlias really are beautiful.

Greg September 18, 2008 at 11:16 PM  

Wonderful photos!

Thank you for sharing!

paris parfait September 19, 2008 at 4:51 AM  

Beautiful dahlias! Amazing photos. xoxox

d i a n a m u s e September 19, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

Miracles. Each and every.

Beautiful weekend to you.

Bill Stankus September 19, 2008 at 8:20 AM  

Sorry, this has nothing to do with flowers. I read your comment on Willow's blog about the Vertigo tours in SF.

Hitchcock did us all a big favor, shooting Vertigo in San Francisco. The film is a remarkable time capsule of the City before the 60s - sort of the way it was thru the late 40s and 50s. If I had a time machine that's where I would go.

Such a haunting movie. Such a beautiful city.

studio wellspring September 19, 2008 at 8:51 AM  

oh i adore dahlias ~ my mom always has tons of them in her garden. i must go by the conservatory of flowers and see these beuaties with my own eyes. so lovely for a friday!

Red Shoes September 19, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

Oh, how pretty.

I had dahlias in my hair at my wedding...red ones...

Thanks for these lovely photos!

willow September 19, 2008 at 12:57 PM  

Yes, I would love to do a Hitchcock tour of SF...see Scotty's apartment and also the old hotel, the cemetery, etc! I agree with Bill, the film is haunting and beautiful and SF makes it so.

willow September 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM  

Oh, I got sidetracked...the dahlias are gorgeous! I especially like the red and white one (second from the bottom).

tangobaby September 19, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

Hi sarah,

I know, these flowers are extraordinary. And many of them are HUGE! Gigantic blossoms. It's all about the macro lens, I tell ya. I honestly had about 5 minutes of sunlight so I'm definitely going back for more soon.

Hi greg,

You need to scoot on over there and see them. They're to the right of the Conservatory. It looks like Alice in Wonderland over there.

Hi paris parfait,

Thank you! xoox

Hi d i a n a m u s e,

Thank you...and have a lovely weekend yourself. I know I will.


Hi bill,

They probably do have real Vertigo tours here in SF, but mine is the homegrown kind, just me and The Boy in our vintage jeep. But that reminds me that the next time, I should take some photos!

My favorite SF movie site is the Art Deco apartment building where Dark Passage takes place (Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), which is probably my favorite classic SF movie, with DOA and Thieves' Highway in there, too.

Hi ms. wellspring,

You should definitely go for a stroll over there. I'm so glad I did. Take some photos for your mom.

Hi red shoes,

I can picture how pretty you must have looked. Can I see a picture sometime?

Hi willow,

Scotty's apartment looks exactly the same! You would recognize it immediately (however The Boy and I have discerned that the view he has is impossible from that vantage point. Close but no cigar.)

Unfortunately, the old hotel is GONE! It was torn down in the 1970s which is a huge bummer. However, one place I forgot to mention is the Argosy bookstore (which is actually the Argonaut Bookstore on Sutter) which is cool, and the Legion of Honor, so lovely!

Hi willow (again)!

I like the red and white one, too! A lot! And the last one. And all of them.


Bill Stankus September 19, 2008 at 7:21 PM  

Yes, DOA is great - nay, fantastic!

Testing my memory, here are a few more.

After the Thin Man
Out of the Past
The Maltese Falcon
The Man Who Cheated Himself
All About Eve
The Birdman of Alcatraz
The Birds (also filmed at Bodega Bay)
Point Blank
Dirty Harry
The Conversation
Escape from Alcatraz
Jagged Edge

Damn, you are so fortunate to live in SF!

Anonymous September 19, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

So much needed colour, everything here is starting to turn brown (but the reds should start showing soon too) :-)

Vanessa September 20, 2008 at 1:07 AM  

Flowers make my heart ache! How so beautiful.

mademoisellechitchat September 20, 2008 at 10:46 AM  

Your photos are GORGEOUS!!!

karey m. September 21, 2008 at 3:50 AM  


your posts are gorgeous, as usual. well written, as always.

but this one? dahlias?!

swoon. xoxo.

A Cuban In London September 21, 2008 at 9:29 AM  

I agree pretty much with everyone else. Your photos are amazing! Had I come upon them somewhere else, I would have guessed that they were either Photoshopped or that the subject was fake plastic flowers. Unbelievably beautiful.

Greetings from London.

tangobaby September 21, 2008 at 6:11 PM  

Hi Bill,

Yes, SF is a great movie town, but I tend to go for the oldies. I think I've seen all of the movies you've listed except for The Man Who Cheated Himself and Jagged Edge. And then there's stuff like Mrs. Doubtfire and Star Trek IV, but we won't go there.

I happen to LOVE The Conversation. I just watched it again recently. Such an awesome movie and I work near Union Square where they filmed the conversation so it's fun to see it then.

I do think that Dark Passage gives you better views of SF than The Maltese Falcon and I know I will offend some die-hards, but I like it better than the Falcon as a movie, too.

Every January there is a Noir Festival (the biggest one in the country, actually) at the Castro Theatre. This year they played DOA and it's so awesome to see it on the big screen. We all cheered.

Hi Carol,

We're just going into our little bit of Indian Summer here (SF warms up a little in Sept.-Oct.) so I'll try to get you a little more color.

Hi Vanessa,

In a good way, I hope!


Hi mademoisellechitchat,

Thank you and welcome to my blog! It's nice to have new faces here.

Hi karey m,

Some of these flowers were so ginormous that they would be bigger and taller than the girlies. No kidding. These were like Superhero Dahlias.

Hi a cuban in london,

Seriously, all I did was hit the shutter button. Maybe a little sharpening but that's it. I don't even think I cropped these pics. They do look fake...I wasn't the only one gawking. I was just sad that I missed most of the sunshine otherwise I would have taken many more photos.

robin bird September 22, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

oh so lovely! and creatively captured my dear :) i like that purple one with the yellow center. you made it glow!!


p.s. don't you just love that when things are drawn to your camera like they are dying to be photographed?

L September 26, 2008 at 11:09 PM  

first time to your blog--loving it! oh, and the dahlias! heavens! how lovely and dainty and elegant in every way. you've made me smile tonight. thank you.

with love from pittsburgh...