Cole Valley by Mark Wickens in San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, as much as any city, is defined by it’s neighborhoods. Cole Valley, pictured in the foreground, sits nestled in a bowl at the base of Mount Sutro, shielded from the encroaching afternoon fog. If you look carefully, you can see the Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance

Name:Mark Wickens

Place you live: San Francisco, California

Place your photo was taken: Twin Peaks, looking out over Cole Valley

Can you sum up San Francisco? Life is good in this beautiful city by the sea.

Occupation: Architect

Preoccupation: Lately, trying to fit fifty rolls of film in a tiny backpack for a three month trek around Europe.

A perfect day in San Francisco? A surf in the morning, brunch at Outerlands, lay out in Dolores Park, drinks at Biergarten, dinner at Eiji. Life in SF revolves around food and the outdoors.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? If you catch it on a good day, the Ferry Building Farmers Market on Saturday mornings is fantastic.

A perfect meal in San Francisco? Burger and a beer at Monk’s Kettle.

What is the best thing about your spot? We have an enormous roof deck overlooking the city.

What is the worst? The unpredictable weather in SF can be a bit frustrating, to say the least…

A little known fact about where you live? Coyotes and foxes roam the western neighborhoods of the city.

Where is your favorite place in the world? St. Barths