Residents of the Bay Area don't have to be told what a strange winter it's been. Apart from some rain and chilly temps in December, we haven't really had a winter. I'm fond of the winter months here. I like the rain and the way the hills of the Bay Area turn a bright green when most of the country is mired in shades of gray. Well, it's been blue skies and warm sun for most of January. Great for taking pictures, though . If you're near Columbus Street, stroll over to the San Francisco Art Institute on Chestnut Street for a cup of coffee, a marvellous mural by Diego Rivera and some spectacular views from the rooftop. That's where I took this picture.