I Thought He Came With You is Robert Ellison’s blog about software, marketing, politics, photography and time lapse.

Kirby Cove

Trail to Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands

Kirby Cove Beach in the Marin Headlands

San Francisco through the Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove

Salesforce Tower framed by the Golden Gate Bridge

A short two mile out and back from the Battery Spencer parking area on Conzelman Road to Kirby Cove.

The Marin Headlands have had a bit of a traffic management change recently so you need to go through the tunnel to get in and Conzelman Road is now one way back to highway 101. The advantage is that there is way more parking then there used to be. I think I've only ever managed to park near Battery Spencer once in 20 years.

The walk is my least favorite profile, downhill to start and uphill on the way back and also not a loop. It's worth it though because it's short and Kirby Cove beach is quiet and has wonderful views of San Francisco through the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also visit Battery Wagner and Battery Kirby on the way back up.

Hike starts at: 37.829459, -122.48401. View in Google Earth.

San Francisco New Year's Eve Timelapse

San Francisco New Year's Eve Timelapse

A timelapse portrait of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2019:

The video features the view from Inspiration Point, The Palace of Fine Arts, Union Square, Crissy Field, The Ferry Building, Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, Market Street and the sun setting over downtown shot from Twin Pearks.

Mt. Livermore on Angel Island

Sunset trail to Mt. Livermore to North Ridge trail loop on Angel Island

Turkey Vultures on Angel Island

View toward Mount Tamalpais from Angel Island

Harbor Seal at Ayala Cove on Angel Island

Mt. Livermore on Angel Island

The Immigration Station at Angel Island is a fascinating piece of history. It's amazing how unwelcoming we were to Chinese immigrants while the station was in operation, and how ineffective all of the unpleasantness was. It's a racist mirror universe of Ellis Island. Get a guided tour if you can. I've visited the Immigration Station a couple of times and also hiked around the perimeter (which is spectacular), but this trip was the first time going up to the top. The Angel Island Company site suggests that this is a 6.5 mile hike but my GPS thinks it was 5 miles and so did the fact that we made it back in time for our planned ferry back to San Francisco.

Get off the boat, head right and up the hill to pick up the sign for Sunset Trail. This takes you up to a spur about half a mile from the top that is well signed for Mt. Livermore. There are a few picnic tables and an annoying mast that makes it hard to take the panorama that this peak is so obviously calling for. On the way back down head right at the first opportunity to follow North Ridge trail back to Ayala Cove.

Hike starts at: 37.868337, -122.434656. View in Google Earth.

Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury November 11 2019

Detail from Transit of Mercury November 11 2019

The transit of Mercury on November 11, 2019 shot from San Francisco, CA with a Sony RX10 IV with an ND5.0 filter (and a better filter adapter than this one).

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Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Blue Angels, United 777, a Patriot passing Treasure Island and an F-35 wtih a P-51.

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Fleet Week 2019 Parade of Ships

Updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Timelapse of the 2019 Parade of Ships at the San Francisco Fleet Week. Includes the USS Somerset, USS Zumwalt, USS Princeton and USS Charleston.

Timelapse of the 2019 Fleet Week Parade of Ships in San Francisco, California.

Ships include the USS Somerset, USS Zumwalt, USS Princeton and USS Charleston.

San Francisco from San Bruno Mountain

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Treasure Island

San Francisco from Treasure Island

A timelapse from Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

The first half of the video is looking west from Treasure Island and pans along the San Francisco waterfront. The second half was shot east towards Oakland and includes a storm sweeping in from the north.

Bay Model Tide 360 Timelapse

Bay Model in Sausalito CA

The Bay Model in Sausalito is a two-football field sized working model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta. Here's a 360 degree timelapse of the model in action so you can see the tide coming in and out (best in a VR headset but you can pan around as well):

Shot on a Ricoh Theta S and post-processed in LRTimelapse and Adobe Lightroom.

June Gloom

Gloomy cloud over the French Chateau Sanatorium

A relatively pleasant Sunday in San Francisco, which means the second you turn your back fog and low cloud are going to swoop in:

The first part of the video is looking west toward the ocean. Once any trace of blue is obliterated we turn south to see fog rolling over San Pedro Mountain near Pacifica and increasingly gloomy cloud cover over the French Chateau Sanatorium (which I think of as the West Portal Retirement Castle). This is a deeply strange building, nestled in a hollow and surrounded by trees. Most of the time you don't see it and then suddenly, on the right street at the right angle you're startled to realize that there is a massive chateau hiding in the neighborhood.

If you're in the mood for more West Portal oriented time lapse enjoy: West of West PortalWest Portal Mosaic TimelapseWest Portal Timelapse of Timelapses and Spherical Sunset.