Steady Rains Give Way to Euphoric Rainbow Barrage


On the bright side, after a week of rain, the Citizens of Bernalwood yesterday experienced a Category 3 Rainbow Alert, as a break in the storm pattern gave way to a few moments of sun.

Yesterday, Christopher Baker, your resident Bernal-spotter in Noe Valley, snapped the sexxxy photo you see above. “I kept waiting for it to move over the top of hill,” Christopher says. “Rainbow decided it was happy just where it was.”

Meanwhile, in Bernal, Neighbor K. shared this reverse view of a rainbow touching down somewhere near Christopher’s Noe Valley observation post:


@MLukeMc captured this scene of a full-arc double rainbow showering The Mission with unicorn glitter:


Here’s another view from Neighbor Dennis:

Neighbor Dan, who lives across the street from me, saw a rainbow beautifying our local artisanal auto workshoppes:


… and back in Noe Valley, Christopher shared this photo; taken at sunrise this morning. Welcome to a new day, Bernal Heights!


PHOTOS: Thanks for everyone credited above for shared your photos of this Rainbow Alert

Big Winter Storm Knocks Down Trees Around Bernal Heights


None shall pass! Neighbor Amy encounters the tree blocking Bernal Heights Blvd.

The big winter storm that blew through San Francisco on Sunday generally spared Bernal Heights from too much biblical-grade havoc, but it did get the best of our trees (and a few parked cars). Luckily, no one was injured.

The leafy mayhem kicked off on the Richland Avenue, where Neighbor Audra shared this photo of a big limb that fell across the Bernal Cut bridge, cutting off access to our ancestral kin in Bernal-Glen:


DPW quickly cleared the branch from the Richland bridge (thank you!), but that was not the end of our arboreal mayhem.

Neighbor Darcy shared this photo of a tree eating a Nissan on the 100 block of Bradford, near Powhattan:


On Wool Street, Neighbor Bernard reports that a tree had it out for this Audi:


The Revenge of the Trees continued in Precita Park, where Neighbor Maria captured another tree munching on the hood of a Mazda, as a neighbor raised her fist in solidarity with the fallen foliage:


But the biggest drama unfolded on the south side of Bernal Hill, where a very big tree fell across Bernal Heights Boulevard, rendering our scenic artery impassable. Neighbor Markus shared a dramatic photo of the fallen tree’s root structure:

treedown-markusMeanwhile, on the western side of the roadblock, Neighbor James captured a neighbor pausing for a stylish moment of chaos chic. Never mind the Golden Globes; What’s the it-look for Bernal Heights storm-chasing in 2017?  Why, it’s slip-on sneakers, cranberry tights, and a slim-fitting winter coat in navy — obviously!





After all the rain of the last few days, we’re starting to see a little sunshine, and as every Bernalese unicorn wrangler knows, these are prime conditions for a rainbow barrage.

The Bernalwood Rainbow Situation Control Facility is now receiving reports of several Category Three  Four rainbows touching down all around Bernal Heights. Thanks to Neighbor Brittnell for sharing the photo of the Direct Hit on Bernal Hill you see up top.

Check out this gem from Neighbor Bryan:


Here’s a great one from Neighbor Tom shared the photo you see just above:


Neigbor Myssterry captured a full-arc double-rainbow perspective:


Neighbor Kristen shared this most Bernalicious of Bernal rainbow photos:

Neighbor Dan shared this confirmed sighting from Precitaville:

precitavillerainbowAs always, residents are advised to keep a close eye on the skies, and to beware of sudden-onset euphoria. You may also see unusual quantities of unicorn glitter on the streets and sidewalks in the hours ahead, so tread carefully to avoid slippage.

And finally, Neighbor Ernie kindly shared this great shot of a rainbow over Bernal, as seen from Noe Valley:


Rainbows In Bernal Heights Trigger Awe, Ecstasy, Euphoria

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At dusk last night, a magical combination of sun, clouds, and precipitation triggered a Category 6 Rainbow Barrage that left Bernal Heights squealing with laughter. As news of the prismatic event rippled through social networks, we activated the Bernalwood Rainbow Situation Control Facility to monitor the action.

@darth even got a notification about it (despite a weak mobile connection):


Down in La Lengua, rebel propagandist Burrito Justice captured this direct strike:

Neighbor Chuck witnessed a full-arc rainbow unfolding over South Bernal:

Neighbor Peter activated the Mobile Rainbow Tracker Uplink Unit to capture this video footage of a rainbow touchdown near the Alemany Farmer’s Market:

Take it slow on the streets today; all that residual unicorn glitter and leprechaun sweat may make the roads a little slippery. But oh, it’s so worth it…

PHOTO: Top, Rainbow over Bernal Hill, March 21, 2016 by Britnell Anderson

Valentine’s Day Brought Vivid Colors to Bernal Hill


The long weekend coincided with Valentine’s Day, and it took on a romantic vibe when, per local tradition, Cupid transformed the big rock on the north slope of Bernal Heights Boulevard into a giant Valentine. Neighbor Annelise captured this photo to illustrate his handiwork.

But the rock wasn’t the only natural wonder that brought Valentine’s cheer to Bernal Heights. Check out Kat Shreve’s photo of the atmospheric sunset that bathed Bernal Hill in an amorous glow on Sunday evening. Wow:


Bernal Hill Is Now Very Green, Very Lush, and Very Gorgeous


January was gray and damp, and according to the weather-watchers, we had more rain in January 2016 than we had for the previous five Januaries combined. Hooray! But there was a break between storms over the weekend, so Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter and I took advantage of the sun to document the glory of Bernal Hill in full Green Mode.

To make our tour a little easier to follow, let’s use this official Ski Bernalwood trail map for navigational reference:

The Cub Reporter and I started on the south side, under a cloudless blue sky, just below Sutrito Tower. The colors were sizzling.


From there we walked toward Rock Quarry. For much of the year, this area looks like a passable facsimile of the surface of Mars. But right now, the chert formations in the quarry have grown a green peachfuzz beard:


And of course, no visit to Rock Quarry is complete without some walking meditation in the labyrinth:


Thus even more mindfully, we headed north along the western rim of the quarry, after stopping to admire another reminder that Bernal Is For Lovers:

Then we started climbing up, to take in that incredible OMFG Martian view of Sutro Tower and Noe Valley:


From there we continued north, to take in the colors and contrasts of the Owl’s Nest face. This is always one of my favorite views, but it’s so much more festive in green, don’t you think?


Then we climbed a little higher, to the fence around Sutrito Tower just above the 14 Limited face. From here, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter took a moment to survey her hometown. (It must be tough to grow up in San Francisco, because it kind of ruins you for life):

24380284319_885d062605_kFrom there we continued along the summit ridge, until we got our first view of Bernal Hill’s east half. Oh my:

We continued east, walking along the ridge beneath the Vista Pointe chairlift, toward the quiet slope of Haunted House, on the southeast part of the hill. Thick green grasses were billowing in the wind, and hundreds of yellow Oxalis were open to the sun:

Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter confessed that this is actually her favorite spot on Bernal Hill. Then she sat down in a patch of grass with a panoramic view of the 101-280 spaghetti bowl, and began to weave a garland from Oxalis flowers:


That moment was about as good as any moment gets anywhere on our planet — or any other planet, for that matter. I looked back toward the west, to appreciate the scene:


It was time to continue our survey, so we contined east along the north side of the ridge, until we hit the mysterious tree-shrub thingy that some Bernalwood readers  tell us is actually a California Buckeye. Only, with so much green grass beneath it, it doesn’t seem quite so spooky at the moment:


From afar,  however, the tree-shrub thingy still looks sculptural, and the intensity of the green grass makes it look even more otherworldly:


Starting today, we’re in for a few days of unsettled weather. But next time the sun comes out, take a lazy stroll on Bernal Hill  to enjoy it during this period of peak seasonal engreenment. You will feel fortunate.

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