|The Presidio Avenue gate announces
the Dominion of our Finnish friend,
who made a purrsonal appearance to greet visitors
on Super Bowl Sunday.
|Green lawns dot the large swath of wilds
that compose the Presidio.
King Punapippuri, however, is rarely seen
along the roadways,
preferring to lurk in the more out-of-the-way areas.
|Stands of eucalyptus trees filter the mid-afternoon light.
The non-native species will probably go up like tinder one day
and the Presidio will have to start over from scratch!
|Punapippuri keeps watch outside
one of the grander officers' residences
--now renting for about $15,000/month--
on the former army base that is now a privately-financed
part of the National Parks system.
|A tiny glimpse of the Bay from atop a low rise.
|Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic
are located near the northwestern edge
of Punapippuri's holdings.
|The Lombard Gate funnels traffic into the Marina District,
an upscale neighborhood filled with self-involved Yuppies
and their yappy canines. More LA than SF really.