Saturday, November 15, 2008

On a Warm San Francisco Night



On a Friday evening warmed by Santa Ana winds from the east, City Hall looked cool blue with a shimmering, near-full moon above.



Why the building was lit this particular way I haven't a clue, but it took everyone's breath away.

Update: According to fabulous commenter "winpal," the blue lights were for World Diabetes Day (click here for its history).

3 comments:

winpal said...

We were at the symphony last night and also saw this beautiful sight. I thought it was a celebration of blue Democratic victory. My partner thought it was a poignant reflection on the upcoming 30th anniversary of Jonestown and the Milk/Moscone assasinations.

We were both wrong. Turns out it was part of a worldwide commemoration of World Diabetes Day. More than 800 buildings and landmark sites were bathed in blue light, including the UN, the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio, Niagara Falls, the Tower of London, the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Alamo in Texas.

sfmike said...

Dear winpal: Thank you so much for the info.

Matty Boy said...

It was an amazing evening last night. I was out walking in not-as-fabulous Oakland, but the sky was so clear that even through all the lights at street level, both Venus and Mars were huge and brilliant at dusk.

Really something to see.