The Flowers Of San Francisco

August 5th, 2010 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Flowers of San Francisco, Downtown San Francisco, California 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. Camera Raw.

If you’re going to San Francisco,

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

If you come to San Francisco,

Summer time will be a love-in there.

Wall Design, Trees, San Francisco, California, 2010 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. Camera Raw.

The popular 1967 song written by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas and sung by Scott McKenzie, inspired thousands of young people to travel to San Francisco in the late 1960s and is still inspiring visitors and natives of San Francisco to this day. San Francisco in the summer time is the place to escape the heat and experience all forms of art and fine art, perhaps a place to create your own art.

A Friend Twirling and Dancing In Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. Camera Raw.

Starting in the mid-20th Century and for many generations San Francisco has been a hotbed of art and is no less a major incubator of artists today than in any other era. Life’s rich pageant blooms in many colors and races in San Francisco. San Francisco is a collage of opposites, of old and new, industry and art, wisdom and foolishness, wealth and poverty.

Golden Gate Bridge Span and Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California, 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. Camera Raw.

It was the birthplace of the Sierra Club, the Exhibit Format Series, perhaps even landscape photography, the Beat Generation, earthquake insurance, the Summer of Love, the sexual revolution, the anti-war movement, Friends of the Earth, Earth Island Institute, Bank of America, Bechtel, Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia, Courtney Love, William Randolph Hearst, Robert McNamara, Robert Frost, Jack London, Gary Snyder, Ansel Adams, Philip Hyde, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee, Val Kilmer, Steve Jobs, Jim Jones, O. J. Simpson, Rob Schneider, Jerry Brown and 407 other celebrities.

Stan Zrnich and Himself at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Colors digitally altered.

I visit San Francisco several times a year to go to San Francisco art galleries, photography galleries, museums and libraries for research and as ambassador of my father’s photography. When I am there I feel a quickening as I am artistically moved, culturally enlightened and creatively freed.

Reflections, San Francisco, California, 2010 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. Camera Raw.

My father, who was born in San Francisco, escaped the city and spent most of his life photographing wilderness. Ironically, I was born in the wilderness and do photograph nature often, but feel like I could easily spend the rest of my life photographing San Francisco.

Lines Curving Into The Sun, San Francisco, California, 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90.

When I am in The City, as northern Californians call it, I often feel compelled to write about or photograph this diverse built landscape of fog, cable cars and the big red bridge.



  1. Greg Russell says:

    These are some great shots, David, that really convey the spirit of SF. I’ve always been envious of people like you, who can walk through a city and make great photos (both abstract and not) of the scenes most of us bypass everyday.


  2. Thank you, Greg. I may see even more photographs in town than out of town, probably because I perceive them as more unusual, having spent most of my life in the wilderness and looking at nature photographs. Still, I find that I often am drawn to nature within the city.

  3. I have only been to San Francisco once for a brief visit. It is a beautiful city. I especially like the last two shots, David. I wish they were a little larger.


  4. Hi Sharon, thank you. In the second to the last photograph I need to take out the white spots caused by light refraction. In one of Dad’s straight photography landscapes we wouldn’t do that, but with my digital images, I will take the spots out before making prints. I put the photographs up here on the blog raw because I was short on time. Besides I haven’t had a chance to develop my Photoshop skills much. Not that I couldn’t take out those spots, but generally I have a long way to go. Whenever I do work in Photoshop I am so clunky and primitive in its use compared to the pros who I’ve watched work on Dad’s photographs like Carr Clifton and Terrence Reimer, who have each been doing it for over 10 years. Eventually I will make the time to learn. Here I made the images small to squeeze more of them into the blog post. Quite a few more San Francisco photographs were also worth posting but there wasn’t enough room. Some day there will be a David Leland Hyde site. Once in a while is enough for now though. I intend to keep the focus on Dad’s work for some time to come and let mine develop over time. I can only do so many things at once.

  5. pj finn says:

    Nice work. Having just spent a few days in SF myself, I find your take on the city very interesting. Very unique.

  6. Hi PJ, I appreciate you saying that because to me it is the ultimate compliment.

  7. Derrick says:

    Nice to see some of your own work, David! I like the reflections image the best.

  8. Hi Derrick, thank you for reading and for your support. Also, thank you again for your acquisition of a print of Dad’s “Pioneer Basin, Fourth Recess, John Muir Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, 1970.”

  9. Richard Wong says:

    Great post, David. I think we are of the same mind when it comes to SF. The city is so vibrant and yet if you want to escape into the wilds, it’s not difficult to do so.

  10. Steve Sieren says:

    It’s nice to see you’re working the camera David. I like the reflections shot, it reminds of some of Eliot Porter’s urban work. The girl photograph is very charismatic.

  11. Hi Steve, thank you for the positive feedback. People seem to like that reflection and the young lady, well, she is charismatic to say the least, which does not imply anything beyond friendship, but definitely is the case nevertheless.

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