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21 May 2020

While we were working on this image, we wondered what to call it. We wanted to keep it simple so we thought about calling it simply "Landscape" but that was a little too simple. So we tried "Cityscape" on for size and found that not quite descriptive.

Escape. Nikon D300 with 18-200mm Nikkor at 48mm (72mm equivalent) and f8, 1/2000 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Then we hit on the kind of 'scape it really is: it's an e-scape or escape.

We're fortunate we can walk up the street and look north at this view of the Golden Gate. In front of those distant hills in Marin, the bay empties into the Pacific Ocean.

And at our feet is a neighborhood of single family residences. These days all of them are occupied during daytime by the families who live in them. In San Francisco, we're still staying home except for essential trips and exercise.

So we need a little escape once in a while. And a walk up the street to a view like this from Rockridge Terrace is just the ticket.

The air is bracing, the wind playful, our neighbors keep their distance.

We smile behind our masks and wave to each other. Everyone you see these days lives in the neighborhood, after all.

And from the hilltops, we stop to look out over our city and see beyond it, putting the worries that seem so large at the kitchen table in perspective.

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