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Click: Best photographs of May 2012

Late afternoon

San Francisco Bay
Weighing in at
166,000 tons and
nearly as long as the
Empire State Building,
the Port of Oakland–
bound MSC Fabiola is
the largest container
ship ever to rumble
through these waters—
in fact, it’s the biggest
ever to dock at any
North American port.
But oddly enough, its
size might not upset
since it takes 30
percent less fuel to
carry a full load of
cargo in one large
barge than in a few
smaller ones. Plans to
widen the Panama
Canal are already in
the works to make
room for the Fabiola
and its giant brothers
and sisters.

Ben Margot

11:30 a.m.

Dolores Park,
Mission district,
San Francisco
Building the Helen
Diller Playground at
Dolores Park wasn’t
child’s play—it’s the
product of three years
of planning, over $1.5
million in donations,
and nine months of
demolition and
construction. But the
results make the whole
ordeal feel worth it.
The 26,000-squarefoot
kiddie Shangri-la
reopened on March
31 to massive crowds
of sliders, climbers,
and illicit sand-flingers.
The new playground
features several
structural improvements,
like ADA
accessibility and
security lighting,
but the most exciting
additions are of
the climbing kind:
namely, a 60-foot-long
suspension bridge, a
45-foot slide, and
a set of swings that
suggests—in both
height and hue—the
Golden Gate Bridge.

Andrew Tabbat

1:00 p.m.
Sometime after

300 Grant Ave.,
San Francisco
Scissors, shmissors:
When you’ve got the
eye of an artist,
nothing is what it
seems. To the average
passerby, the window
at Industrie Denim,
which opened in
October on Union
Square, is full of
normal-size shears.
But to photographer
Tiffany Bukowski, it
contains a testament
to the aesthetic
principles of repetition,
depth of field, and
pattern play. “You have
to get down on one
knee to see what’s
really there,” she says.

Tiffany Bukowski