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GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

The good news is that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are ready to pack your bags and travel.

The bad news is that the “original” novel coronavirus and its variants are still moving through the world and that none of the available vaccines provide 100% immunity from them.

You want to head to San Francisco and your anti-COVID strategy is to spend as much time as possible outdoors during your stay.

The good news is that if you are going to visit between now (mid-to-late April) and October the odds that you will get rained on are low. But summer in and around the City of San Francisco can be windy, foggy and cold, at least at times. So sweaters, jackets and long pants and long-sleeved shirts should be in your suitcase, not just shorts and tee-shirts.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities during your stay. Some visitor facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area mentioned it this story may be closed due to the pandemic so be sure to check online to see what will actually be open during your stay.

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Scaling” Trees

Travel Photo Thursday: “Scaling” Trees

What does it mean to “scale” a tree?

Tree ClimberOne definition of the verb “scale is “to reach the highest point of.” So to “scale a tree” could mean to climb it. (Photo by Scrap Pile via Flickr.)

“Scale” also means to measure, not just weight, but in the case of trees, to estimate how much lumber an uncut tree will produce when harvested.

When photographing trees, “scale” means giving the viewer a sense of the size of the tree. And, as I pointed out in “Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting The World’s Biggest Trees,” this can be a difficult task.

But there’s a simple solution to “scaling” trees with a camera: Put a person “in the frame.”

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