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The Quirky Little town of Port Costa….

We were doing a stock shoot in Vallejo and spent the night there with family. The next morning my wife got a text invitation from a friend to join us for the town wide yard sale in Port Costa.

Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale

I had an unusual familiarity with Port Costa- when we lived in Vallejo I used to go out and explore with my camera. And Port Costa was one of those places that punched well above its weight in photogenic charm.

Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California

Before the bridges spanning the Carquinez, Port Costa connected Benicia with a rail ferry of the Transcontinental Rail Road.

Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California

Bridges eliminated the need for a ferry of course. But there now is a town with fewer than 200 residents with a few old buildings that were once bustling with travelers. The infrastructure that supported that activity largely remains with lots of character and a lovely patina.

Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California

There was a lot of extra activity due to the yard sale. The main street was packed. There was a trailer with three restored fiberglass Wiener Dog mascots (a long defunct San Francisco hotdog chain) on display.  And plenty of quirky cars to be seen.

Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa, California
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale
Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale

 

Doing the Honorable Thing

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

It was only an hour or two I had, but I think I got some good stock photos from my visit.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

The building itself is Beaux-Arts based on a building in Paris (or so I have read.)  I did my stick schtick on the outside.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Fortunately I have a reciprocal membership from the San Jose Museum of art that gets me in to most art museums in the US, including the Legion.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Which is handy since I have about an hour before my attention span dissipates. And an hour isn’t worth the admission cost – so otherwise I’d seldom set foot inside such museums.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Though fewer than the Cantor Museum at Stanford, there are quite a few Rodin sculptures inside, and The Thinker graces the inner courtyard.