Smoke From Embers, As A Form of Mythic Combustion

Feathers Divided From Head By Smoke
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Before the carnival parade began there was the usual blessing at the intersection of Bryant and 24th Streets. Here was one of the participants bent over a smoldering cauldron, his face separated from his feather headdress by smoke.


Smoke From Embers   •  2012 San Francisco, Carnival Parade internal link   •  24th Street near Bryant Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 29 December 2012)   •  (Photo taken 08:51:28 Sunday 27 May 2012)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_4382
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Man Roasted Beef On Smoky Grill
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Grilled food has been the rage at fairs for years. Here was a traditional grill heaped with cuts of beef. What appears to be smoke is mostly steam from water sprinkled on the coals to help cook the meat.


Smoke From Embers   •  2011 Mountain View Art And Wine Festival internal link   •  Castro Street, Mountain View, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 29 December 2012)   •  (Photo taken 13:07:55 Saturday 10 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7804
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Hardly Strictly
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In October, the sea fog begins to retreat further into the Pacific Ocean as the Central Valley begins to cool for winter. Thus, the sunny summer days arrive late to San Francisco, but just in time for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Behind the Foggy Bottom Cafe a worker grilled meat on sticks for the hungry public. Oddly, here distantly between stages, the eating area was somewhat quiet and peaceful.


Smoke From Embers   •  Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2008 internal link   •  Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park   •  San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 August 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:50 Sunday 5 October 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #SF_6651BCX
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Pineapple And Pork
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The fog had finally burned off leaving behind hard blue skies and a lingering chill. Behind the line of vendor tents, a barbecue prepared grilled pineapple and pork on a stick. The surrounding sounds were a mix of hundreds of conversations and amplified Hawaiian music.


Smoke From Embers   •  Aloha Festival 2008 internal link   •  Presidio Grounds, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 19 August 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:23:30 Saturday 2 August 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #SF_1714BCX
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Scented Embers
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As one of the dancers dipped just out of frame, the remaining smoke nearly hid the audience watching from the sidewalk. Not evident from this shot was the loud pounding beat of music and the aroma of pine scented embers.


Smoke From Embers   •  Carnival Parade 2008 internal link   •  24th Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 9 June 2008)   •  (Photo taken 09:38:14 Sunday 25 May 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #SF_3209B
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Ceremonial Smoke
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Many South, Central, and North American native groups performed in the Carnival Parade. Here was one group which swung cauldrons of smoking coals while chanting and dancing.


Smoke From Embers   •  Carnival Parade 2008 internal link   •  (24th Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 9 June 2008)   •  (Photo taken 09:38:14 Sunday 25 May 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #SF_3208B
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Grilled Food
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Every street festival offers food. Here, the usual grilled meats and vegetables were being prepared for the hungry dancing public.


Smoke From Embers   •  How Weird Street Fair internal link   •  Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 9 June 2008)   •  (Photo taken 14:53:02 Sunday 4 May 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Berkeley_2361B
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Cigarette Smoke
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During late night rehearsal, cigarettes smoldered in an ashtray. The closed, over-heated room filled with snakes of smoke.


Smoke From Embers   •  Cape Cheerful Bar internal link   •  Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska   •  (Photo posted Monday 9 June 2008)   •  (Photo taken 14:34:36 Sunday 20 January 2008)   •  © 2008 Denver Welte Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Harbor_0403T
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