Zig Zag


Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Taken from Coit Tower.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

51 thoughts on “Zig Zag”

  1. I actually wondered if Debra was going to post this, as she lives in California. But if she was, you got there first ! 🙂 And it is just about the best zigzag I can think of, offhand, Jude.

    1. First thing I thought of apart from the usual (from me) herringbone path in a garden… I do have a good zigzag staircase taken along the Ocean Road, but not digital so it would need scanning and I’m too lazy to go look for it 😉

  2. It would (or should!) certainly slow drivers down. I love those purple – blue shadows that cut across your zigzag.

    Zig zag for me would be the ZigZag railway near Lithgow in NSW – or my progress down a very steep hillside into a rainforest gully.

    1. I have driven up worse roads here in the UK. I guess it is the shortness of it that makes it awkward to drive down, or up – or is it actually one way?

  3. This looks familiar, and I have never been to the USA. Was it featured in the car chase from the film ‘Bullitt’, with Steve McQueen perhaps?
    Great shot anyway Jude!
    Regards as always, Pete.

    1. It’s a very famous street Pete – because of the number of hairpin bends in such a short distance. I’ve probably driven worse over here. It’s very touristy! It may have featured in Vertigo?

  4. Jude I have seen a few submissions of this street for the challenge however your perspective is different. I look forward to seeing what angles and distance you use in your photos because i know i can always expect something creative and unique. Well done!

    1. Well these shots were taken from the top of the Coit Tower, so quite high up, with a 20 zoom bridge camera, so not a very high spec beast. I did wait a while for the cable car to stop in exactly the right spot at the top of the hill 😀

    1. Difficult to capture the actual zig zag of this street from the street. Coit Tower is perfect for capturing the streets of San Francisco 🙂

  5. Awwwwww! I wish I had taken that photo! I thought of Lombard Street when I read the challenge but I would have to have nicked a photo from Google pics. I think that would be cheating. Great photograph, Jude!

    1. Thank you Carol. I wasn’t sure how good this photo was given how far away I was when I took it, but it does show the zig zag well from this direction.

        1. Mine’s sadly not 😦 Woke up with a burst blood vessel so I look as though I have had a really heavy night on the town!

    1. Oh, one day I will have to get my photos out and scan those that are worth scanning, but before that I MUST catalogue my digital photos, and I have far too many of those already! I need to be ruthless!

  6. Great photo. The street is better in one’s imagination than reality ( “is that all there is??”) but maybe that’s because I’m used to mountains and long-g switchbacks.

    My stepson and family are in SF as we speak! I hope they are having fun. It’s one of our BEST cities!

    1. I must admit that when I first saw it I did wonder ‘is that all it is?’ because I have driven up some hairy switchback’s in my time, over a longer distance granted, but much scarier with steep drops off to the side. How they can call this the world’s steepest is beyond me. But then you Americans have such lo…ong straight freeways I suppose SF is a little scary. It is a lovely city, though I kinda fell out of love with it on my last visit 😦

      1. What a talented writer and photographer you are.

        Scott macKenzie’s song was a siren call for me, and I still stop whatever I’m doing when I hear it because it transports me to such a magical place. I got to partially live my hippy dream, and eventually you will read about it (yawn).

        I have visited The coastal cities and small towns and driven PCH many times. I would never want to live there but love my visits.

        Ironic that you say you kind if fell out of love on last visit. I hope you will tell me about it. I spent yesterday steeped in musing about a place I lived, loved and left because I fell out of love. Now trying to find a new way to love it again. Yet another musing for eventual posts (double yawn).

        1. The SF post is in 4 pages. My last visit is on page 4 so you need to click on each page to follow the story 🙂

          I’d love to hear about the place you loved and lived and left…

  7. PS Now that you steered me back to your California series, I want to read more prior posts. It’s so hard, with so many favorite bloggers, to know I’ve missed some compelling posts!! Thanks for giving me the CA link and feel free to sneak in links to other prior posts.

    1. It’s a shame isn’t it that older posts don’t get visited. I did reblog a couple of my old road trips (South Africa) as I hardly had any visitors to my blog then. Sometimes I do try and slip a link in if I feel it is relevant to the comment on a post. Glad you approve 🙂

    1. It is, but I don’t recall them using this road in it! Some of the ones close by though. Not a city I’d want to drive in – even parking on the streets you have to turn your wheels in or out depending on the slope!

        1. Apparently it was Fillmore Street, between Broadway and Vallejo Street. You can only really photograph that tiered look from the bay. I tried from a boat, but didn’t get a decent shot as we were too far out. I have walked some of those hills though and can confirm they are a killer on the calf and thigh muscles!!! What looks like a short distance on a map becomes a lot further because you go up and down and up and down and travel one block!
          San Francisco

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