Are we in the Canary Islands? not quite...
Some friends and I went for a walk Monday down to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, which I (shamefully) admit I've never been to in my 12 years in San Francisco. We approached from the west side to the Filbert Stairs, and I saw something that just left me dumbstruck--an entire 500 foot granite cliffside covered completely in Aeoniums! You can only imagine my excitement (my friends thought I was nuts, but I know you understand.) And many were in bloom too!
Here's some shots...all the bright green stuff is Aeoniums. And the shrubs filling in between them are Echium candicans. Such a perfect Canary Island match.
Climbing the Filbert stairs to the top was only better seeing these fine plants all around. And the view from the top wasn't bad either.