Our Walking Year: Part One-San Francisco


β€œHome is everything you can walk to.”
~Rebecca Solnit


California, San Francisco, Pandemic, Photography, iPhone, City, Isolation, Jane Lurie



California, San Francisco, Pandemic, Photography, iPhone, City, Isolation, Jane Lurie

Isolation Reflection


California, San Francisco, Pandemic, Photography, iPhone, City, Isolation, Jane Lurie

Lost in Thought


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California, San Francisco, Pandemic, Photography, iPhone, City, Isolation, Jane Lurie

Surfing Escape


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Bees Keep Working


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The Mighty


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The Wretched Earth


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The Walk and Talk


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Springtime Hope


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The Grove


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Hello Friend


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Alcatraz Quiet


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Isolation Stroll


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California, San Francisco, Pandemic, Photography, iPhone, City, Isolation, Jane Lurie

Pandemic Walkers


We covered 1,199 miles over the past year on our daily pandemic walks.

Part One: San Francisco.Β 



Categories: Black and White, City Scenes, Photography, Street Photography, Things I've Seen...Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


  1. That’s a lot of walking. These are wonderful. They bring me peace. I hope you continue to be safe.

  2. Great walk in a great city captured beautifully.

  3. A spectacular and unique look at San Francisco, Jane, and it was a complete joy to share in these SF vistas. As a 30-year resident/visitor to SF, I am delighted to see these unusual perspectives. While I soaked up and appreciated each photo, here are my favorites: Isolation Reflection (absolutely stunning), Lost in Thought, Bees Keep Working (wow), Hello Friend, and Alcatraz Quiet. Stunning photos, and an eloquent representation of this magnificent city.

    • Hi Jet, Thank you so much! Coming from your local eyes, I am thrilled that you enjoyed these images. A pandemic love letter to beautiful SF. Pleased those images in particular spoke to you–much appreciated. She is an easy city to find special moments. πŸ™‚

  4. So moving and full of hope Jane. Thank you.You have captured how we all have felt over the past year. The Grove is wonderful and could be the Pacific Spirit Park, which has been our sanctuary over the past year as you know. πŸ’•

  5. WOW! Your walks sure look different from mine! People often say I’m lucky in where I live and I am … but I don’t have the variety an urban environment brings. It was moreso when I lived Back East. You have done such a wonderful job seeing, shooting and displaying these images. I love that so many of your titles hit home on the theme.It seems the first three are some that had the most impact for me. ‘Lockdown’ of course … the textures and style of lock are so interesting! ‘Isolation & Reflection’ … love the feeling of isolation, the straight-on composition and of course the reflection is the icing on the cake! ‘Lost In Thought’ is a poignant statement that works so well in B&W. And last but not least, I like the last … I am assuming that’s you and your husband.

    • Hi Denise, I really enjoyed reading your response and which images stood out for you. It was interesting framing this strange past year by our walks and SF is a wonderful mix of urban nature. Thank you so much and yes, that’s a rare, yet not very daring reveal of the happy wanderers. 😎😷 Keep on shooting those beautiful landscapes!

  6. Was “Hello Friend” taken at the Presidio? The buildings in the distance look fairly familiar.
    Doing my best to try to catch up here, it’s been a struggle. As if the pandemic wasn’t enough, not to mention politics, but then my ailing 13 year old pup/constant companion since my late husband died.
    Thanks for the memories of a dearly loved city from way back times.

    • Hi Gunta, Yes, my Great Blue Heron friend was often found on Crissy Field in the Presidio.
      I am so sorry to hear about your pup- what a difficult time you must be having. I hope you are finding some support and solace. πŸ’™

  7. I also love photography!! I just started, could you check me out?

  8. Love it. Once saw a seal swimming lazily by that “Alcatraz quiet” beach.

  9. 1200 miles! Thats a lot of walking! Great shots showing life around SF!

  10. Very nice, Jane! The heron in the foreground of the bridge made me smile 😊

  11. I used to work in the city but I don’t get over there much anymore. It’s a nice reminder of what I’m missing and a push for me to get over there. Hubby works there often for his job but he hates traffic so we usually stick near home on the weekends. Maybe this summer I’ll get back over there.

  12. Beautiful images and interesting 😊😊

  13. Nice pictures πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ–ΌοΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

  14. It’s amazing !!! I really liked the photography !!! Lovelove πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  15. The pictures are amazing Jane…..took me to so many places virtually while I’m scrolling in my bed πŸ˜„

  16. That’s a lot of miles. And some wonderful photos of your backyard. How lucky (and us too) to be able to get out for walks. I think I’d have gone bonkers without that. I think we’ve walked about 1300 miles. It’s kept us sane.

  17. The pandemic year was a long one

  18. Wow really beautiful and I love travel😊

  19. This is a great idea, Jane, documenting your walks through the pandemic year. As always, filled with observations of the little and not so little things most would pass by without notice. “Hello, Friend” reminds me a bit of the humor in this image by Elliott Erwitt. I love the architecture in “the Walk and Talk”

    • Oh, Steve, that Erwitt image is wonderful! Thank you for your kind analogy. Happy you enjoyed what I found on my walks. The Palace of Fine Arts always provides some great architectural moments (the best with people in them). Hope all is well and improving in your part of the world.

  20. Great post! I love to see how the picture’s speak πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

  21. The photos are all great but I fell in love with the black and white, with the surfers. Amazing!!! ❀❀

  22. What a good idea, documenting all those walks – good thing you had a pedometer! Did we talk about Solnit before? I’m reading ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’…enjoying it. So much variety – the opening image is great for a starter, then you pulled back for an overview. I like the 3 figures and all the activity in Surfing Escape. It was smart to include “that guy” in the tree photo for scale. πŸ™‚ Like Adrian, I love the abandoned book with its apocalyptic title – fantastic. Love the walk & talk and the cherry blossoms – both are very hopeful. That heron is very comical! It all adds up to an odd mix of hope and sadness, I think, which is appropriate. And the last photo is a great gift for the reader. πŸ™‚ Have a good week, Jane! Looking forward to the next installment.

  23. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words ‘

    Nice pics….very meaningful….

  24. Good pictures, Jane! The stand out for me is The Wretched Earth, what a catch, but The Grove is very beautiful. Stay safe! πŸ™‚

  25. Your walking year has provided you (and your readers) with many fine photographs. I can easily fall into thinking the past 12 months have been terrible, but the reality is it hasn’t been all bad by quite a margin – as your photographs show! What a year, though, and I wonder how much time will have to pass before we get to grips with it all? I think it’ll be quite a few more walking miles, but perhaps it already feels a little less difficult with each step forward?
    Thanks, Jane!

    • Hi Adam, Silver linings, right? You found many along the way, too. Happy you enjoyed my look back on some nicer moments in our year. I am feeling much more hopeful that we are on the road to better days ahead. Take care! πŸ™‚

  26. Amazing photos, Jane, chronicling a bizarre year for sure! SF really got slammed in the shutdown and I don’t think it will ever recover. thanks for the gorgeous tour, I’m tired πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks. Terri. And SF was doing great in the beginning with sheltering in place. Then everyone left. Hopefully, it will bounce back and be better than ever. Happy you enjoyed my look back on the year of walking, our only escape. Hope you are enjoying settling into your new home. πŸ™‚

  27. Wow! Gorgeous photographs. They tell a wonderfully uplifting story, which is refreshing in these uncertain times. πŸ™‚

  28. Absolutely Beautiful and Inspiring!

  29. Thanks for sharing I love seeing all the pics ❀️

  30. Love the positive context in which you took your pandemic walks! Great variety

  31. Fine series, Jane! Keep walking and stay save! πŸ™‚

  32. Wonderful photos to sum up the past year. You covered a lot of ground!

  33. Splendid selection!
    That’s a lot of miles when aggregated over a year.


    • Thanks, Graham! I was rather surprised when I took a look at the Nike app. Felt rather emotional looking through those early days…we knew so little at the time. πŸ˜ŒπŸ‘£πŸ˜·

      • Yes, I know what you mean. I passed my first WFH anniversary last week. Seems like forever and no time at all both at the same time.

        Take care and be safe, Jane.


  34. every disadvantage has an advantage, because of COVID 19 you walk more and your fitness improves

  35. Impressive distance and great photography !

  36. Lovely sentiment and another meaning for home. Comfortable walking distance. I do hope you are free of the virus and lockdown soon, Jane. Then you are free to roam further.

    • Thank you, Amanda. That quote really hit home for this year. We are getting there and feeling more hopeful about being able to have more freedom soon. I know you are in good shape in your country! πŸ™‚

      • I am grateful for living in Australia every day. And for once, being so far away on an island continent way down near Antarctica has some advantages!
        We are ever hopeful that things continue turning better for the rest of the world.

        • And you are fortunate to have had good leadership last year in the pandemic.
          On another note, I am reading about the rain and flooding in Australia. Hope you are safe.

          • Thank you for your concern, Jane. I am safe where we live and the rainfall is very welcome. Further south, they are in a bit of trouble. This is Australia’s climate. For several years we have extreme drought and water is rationed, the next bushfire will decimate the countryside, then sooner or later we will face flooding on a Noah’s Arc scale! There are streets in my former area which go under during a summer storm, and areas that are close to rivers that are extremely vulnerable. In the country, the land is very flat and a floodplain for a river can be several kilometres wide. So there will be problems. Emergency services are busy and more rain is forecast. But we are safe.

          • I’m glad you’re safe. The cycles you describe are similar to what we experience in California, but now minus the torrential rain. We cannot fool with Mother Nature.

          • Thanks Jane. You are correct. Mother Earth and natural forces will be around long after we are gone, and will react accordingly to our disturbances.

  37. Jane, i don’t know which one of your images I like the most, they are all so amazing.

  38. I didn’t know you could surf below the Golden Gate Bridge!

    • Yes, Swansea! It’s a coveted surfing spot. Fascinating to watch and a bit harrowing as they get close to the rocks. The waves get huge there, especially in winter. Thanks for stopping by! πŸŒŠπŸ„β€β™€οΈ

  39. If I couldn’t walk, the pandemic would have been horrible. I didn’t have the same fantastic views as you did, but getting out is the main thing. Although I liked all the photos as usual, I especially liked the trees in bud/bloom because they’re so evocative of spring, at least of spring in most of the country. The citrus trees are blooming and smell wonderful. I like the first shot of the lock (lockdown πŸ™‚ and the one with the bee. Happy spring!


    • Hi Janet, Agree, we were thankful to be able to get out each day. I’m glad you like the trees which always feel hopeful. Happy you enjoyed this mix of life on our feet- thank you. Happy Spring and I hope you are doing well. πŸ™‚

  40. Beautiful and thought provoking images. An avid walker myself, I enjoy the sights and sounds in your images. Great work!!!

  41. I imagine getting out for a good walk is just the thing for fighting COVID – at least the mental part. It looks like is great for the creative part as well; this is another great set.

  42. wonderful pictures. The different perspectives on the bridge are stunning, and I was particularly taken by the first one with the reflection, it’s all so still, which you dont get with most pictures you see of the bridge. and the stunning blue sky of course!

  43. I’m not sure what to say as I feel a bit speechless. Yes, wonderful pictures – but for me, your story created many emotions – so I will conclude with a Thank You!

  44. Impressive mileage! One of our toughest years ever, but you found a way to show it in a beautiful light, Jane. Nature’s consistency has been a balm during all the uncertainty.

  45. Love your photos, Jane. They inspire me to be a better photographer. M πŸ™‚

  46. Nice pics…Over 1000 miles is great stuff!!!! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ¦Ύ

  47. Wonderful! I love the most Walk and a Talk. I’ve captured a similar lock recently, but my caption was Spring unlocked. πŸ˜‰ To the great unlocking!

  48. I like the way your first picture symbolizes its title.

  49. Your outstanding photos show that you made the best of the pandemic by focusing on the positive with your camera, Jane.

  50. Stunning images, Jane! Thank you so much for taking us along on some of your walks.

  51. Bittersweet memories- wish you were here to walk now 😒but certainly enjoyed ur perspective of SF from ur many walks. That’s a lot of miles!!!

  52. Gorgeous, every one of all your photo at all times!! Even the ones you ditch would probably be someone else’s stars!!

  53. Beautiful thought provoking pictures as usual! I would love to see a list of your favorite places and locations to shoot in San Francisco. Also I promised you a link to photos I shot at the last Rose Parade,
    I will send you an email.

  54. I enjoy the walking but the mask wearing not so much. Here we expect to have to continue to wear them till July in public places. Lovely photos Jane πŸ€—πŸ’•

    • Thanks so much, Jo. Masks can be a challenge when exercising, for sure. I expect we will be wearing them for a long time until things are completely under control. Happy you enjoyed these San Francisco memories. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

  55. What a year! You seem to have captured some great images during your walks. Cities are good for diversity, it’s all very much the same close to home in the countryside except for the seasonal changes.

  56. As usual your photographs are stunning. I love the San Francisco area. Such a great distance traveled in a year of walking.

    • Thanks very much, Peggy. So glad you enjoyed these. It was interesting to look at my year in this context. Easier to rack up the miles when it’s one of your only activities. πŸ˜‰

  57. Ha! Wonderful Jane! Walking in that great enviroment. Apart from the joy of movement (I’m a keen walker myself), there always is a lot to see. I especially like the ‘walking and talking’ pic (beautiful light), the ‘the mighty’ picture, wich I find sweet πŸ™‚ and the last image, ‘pandemic walkers.’ What strikes me the most of that picture are the face masks, the blue-white ones, that in these pandemic times seems to make us all over the world one.

    • Hi Peter, Thanks very much for your thoughtful response. Rather poignant for me to look back on the year in this way… what we didn’t know then and what we know now. Glad you liked the images especially those in particular. You got me thinking about the universality of masks. We’re certainly all in it together. 😷

  58. The Presidio views, very nice. The flowering trees too. I wonder if the ghosts of Alcatraz have noticed the lack of visitors. Who are those masked walkers? (LOL) πŸ™‚

    Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

    • Hi David, Rather amazing to look back on the year through our walks. If all these empty buildings could talk.. Happy you enjoyed my look back on the city by the bay. Hope you are well. Thanks so much.😷😊

  59. Great post, Jane. I’m entranced with the white-on-white beauty of Springtime Hope.

  60. Some great pics! Yours are cool too by the way 😁

  61. Very beautiful photography that speaks your story. πŸ™πŸŒΉ

  62. Beautiful images..I have never seen such a humungous tree like that.!!

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