The crazier things are in the world, the more important it becomes to appreciate simple pleasures close to home.
So thanks to Neighbor Kristy from Treat Street for calling our attention to fact that the mysterious Color Sprites of Bernal Hill celebrated the arrival of October by decorating the big rock on the north slope to look like a giant candy corn . Neighbor Kristy writes:
The dogs are Ichi at the bottom and Dion on top, with my friend Julie holding Dion up. We hike bernal every Monday and always love seeing the rock color change based on seasons. The candy corn rock cheered me up with the sad news happening
PHOTO: Courtesy of Neighbor Kristy.
Residents of northwest Bernal are familiar with the hand-painted Honda that’s often parked near the Coso Triangle; the car is a conspicuous landmark that celebrates our local sports teams, fandom, and San Francisco itself.
Now this rolling monument to San Francisco civic pride can be yours, because a sign on the window says it’s for sale. According to the cashier at Precita Market — a friendly gent who is also the vehicle’s authorized sales agent — the car is owned by a nearby neighbor and can be had for $1500, very negotiable.
Beneath all that amazing paint lies a 1990 Honda Accord with straight bodywork and a 2.2L engine. It appears to be bone-stock, apart from the custom paint job, and a quick peek at the interior revealed it to be in good condition.
You might consider purchasing this vehicle as a daily driver. Or, after a proper buffing and polishing, it would also be rather exquisite on display under tasteful lighting at your favorite folk art, automotive, or sports memorabilia museum. Your choice.
UPDATE: June 24, 2017 Price cut! According to the signs on the window, the most San Francisco car in San Francisco can now be had for the LeMons-friendly price of just $500. What a value!
PHOTOS: Telstar Logitics
“Now with a cushy landing pad at the end!”
A somber hush descended upon Bernal Heights in the aftermath of the presidential election, but Neighbor Tamara has found comfort in some simple joys close to home:
I was ascending the west slope yesterday after school drop-off and came upon this little bit of Bernal awesomeness.
On that rather grim morning, seeing the revitalized Esmeralda Slide Park made me smile. I assume that some amazing Bernal neighbors rallied to make this happen, so I’m sending out a very hearty THANK YOU on this sunny but bleak morning.
Chin up, Bernal. This is who we are, let’s keep being amazing.
“Cardboard holding device and primitive communication system”
“Bonus gargoyle situation”
PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS: Neighbor Tamara
She’s been living on Precita since the 1980s, but apparently there’s still a first time for everything. Yuck.
Neighbor Heather is fascinated by a strange little tree in Holly Park that has sprouted a very tall appendage. She says:
I’ve been watching tree in Holly Park for a month or two now. I think it deserves a profile.
The tree has sprouted one “reach for the sky DeVry!” branch that is easily twice the height of the tree. With a little tuffet of 6 or 7 leaves on the end. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. (Well, OK, this is San Francisco and I go to Folsom St Fair every year, so not REALLY… But certainly the weirdest thing in Holly Park.)
Bizarre! Can any of our armchair arborists explain this strange mutation? Here’s the view from a different angle:
PHOTOS: Neighbor Heather
Some Bernal neighbors have been entertained, some have been bemused, and others have been annoyed, but the preachy home-made signs that have appeared on utility poles around Cortlandia have definitely gotten people talking.
Neighbor Matt shared the photo up top, while Neighbor Rebecca photographed a more elaborate installation on the corner of Cortland and Moultrie. “Fascinating neighborhood discourse,” she says.
Others, however, find the signs insufferable:
Look closely at the photo of that sign and you’ll see a respone written in pencil at the bottom. It says, “Don’t tell me whut to do.”
Neighbor Jane calls our attention to the St. Patrick’s Day-inspired transformation of the holiday rock on the north side of Bernal Hill.
She writes, “I’m a fan of the solid gold look, but neighbor leprechauns just do their thing!”
The winter fairies have bestowed their blessings upon Bernal Heights, because once again a miraculous snowman appeared overnight in Precita Park!
This is clearly a sign that we were very, very good this year.
PHOTOS: @lyjarose and @yuenglingr
With all the joyful exuberance of a child who awakens to find new toys under the tree on December 25, Neighbor Erin is very excited about the arrival of the Christmas Pig on Park Street in Bernal Heights:
He’s back! By far the greatest holiday decoration in Bernalwood and, perhaps, the world… CHRISTMAS PIG!
Ho, Ho, Ho! Oink, Oink, Oink!
Your Bernalwood editor went to visit the illuminated creature last night, and we can confirm that it is, indeed, rather fabulous. To capture the full porcine effect, however, we also filmed this little video:
PHOTO: Telstar Logistics
Neighbor John shares these photos showing the return of the truly Grisly Picket Fence of Death that the neighbors on Gladys create to celebrate Halloween:
A few of us on Gladys Street have once again created our “Grisly Picket Fence of Death,” in honor of the upcoming holiday.
Not to be outdone, there’s also this super-spooky house on Moultrie at the corner of Eugenia:
PHOTOS: Courtesy of Neighbor John
Courtesy of our friends at Capp Street Crap, comes this most curious sign spotted today on Peralta.
Neighbor Maggie recently moved to the upper elevations of Peralta, where shes been exploring Zen and the Art of Exploring Bernal Heights:
My first few weeks living in Bernal were like a fairy tale. They continue to be, but the first weeks of anything feel like a dream-state because everything is brand new. Every time I left my house, the tallest one of the top of a hill, I set out in a different direction. Moving from Brooklyn – where you are forced to walk in a grid no matter how hard you try to stray – it was like a “chose your own adventure” every time I walked my pup, Miko.
Most often, I let her decide where we went. She’s usually the one to find the little paths and secret stairways and gardens that make Bernal so charming and calming. One day we happened upon these very zen chickens. They have their own coop, a fenced in backyard, and a great garden view. It comes complete with a little Buddha that I’ve often seen them cuddled next to – completely chilled out, even when a little mutt is curiously sniffing around them.
Every day we take an adventure in Bernal, every day brings a new gift, and every day I feel grateful to live here.
PHOTO: Neighbor Maggie
Over the weekend Bernalwood received several reports that a rather large bird of prey had been seen loitering in several Bernal Heights back yards. It began when this big bird was spotted in the backyard of Neighbor @Mop_Head, who speculated that the creature might be a Peregrine Falcon.
On Sunday, Neighbor Erin spotted a similar bird near College Avenue:
Over on Facebook, there were many theories. Perhaps it’s a juvenile red-tailed hawk? Or a coopers hawk? Or maybe a kestrel?
So what kind of critter is it? To answer that, Bernalwood shared the photos with ace birdwatcher Neighbor John, who theorizes:
A little hard to tell, but I’d say it is a juvenile Coopers Hawk. It’s a bit difficult to tell the size and a super similar looking hawk, though smaller is a Sharp Shinned.
Both are reasonably common around here. It would be great to think that this might be one of the two Red Tails that fledged from the nest on the north side of Bernal a month or two ago, but it’s too small and doesn’t have the right markings. For me the key is the dark stripe on the underside of its neck. Peregrines have a mostly white neck. As Coopers get older they add a rufous color to their necks and shoulders. And, as with all hawks, seeing them in flight is key to identification.
UPDATE: 3 August, 1 pm: Neighbor John and his bird-spotting son Eddie shot this photo this morning on the hill. John says:
Eddie and I saw a hawk on our walk this morning, both in flight and in the tree above the Gates steps on the south side of the hill (see attached photo), and the young birder is “very clear” that it is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk:
Neighbor Tamara reports that she spotted this bird on the hill two days ago:
PHOTOS: Top, @MOP_HEAD; below, @ecmesser