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More From San Francisco! 4 years 5 months ago #1

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I'm still wading through more of our snaps from our recent trip to fantastic San Francisco. So if you're not yet bored with my travelogue check out a few more pictures.

Chronologically speaking this latest batch is from Monday, April 21.

The Palace of fine Arts.
Located in the marina district this structure was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. It was to be torn down at the end of the exposition but public outcry saved this beautiful building from the wrecking ball.



Detail of the fresco's.



Inside Lynda is dwarfed by the giant columns.



It really is huge. This gives a perspective of it's immensity.
And it is completely free and open to the public.



Inevitable fish-eye shot to the ceiling.



Walking westward along the shoreline we ended up in Crissy Field; a longstanding military base. It's pretty sedate these days but has seen more activity in the past. Giant, odd, modern art structures decorate the open land between the buildings and the bay. One local I talked to said they are disgusting and can't wait for the day they are removed.





Turning toward the bay we can see the Golden Gate Bridge.



A closer look to the base of the bridge tower reveled what I thought were sea lions, but I was wrong. They were people! Apparently diehard surfers can catch some decent waves here. Surfing in freezing cold, shark filled waters near a bolder strewn shoreline - nah, not for me.



I think the sea lions are cool characters, and this fellow swam in for a close-up.




More to come from our cruise around Alcatraz Island. :cool:
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More From San Francisco! 4 years 5 months ago #2

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Fun stuff. The Palace of Fine Arts is a wonderful structure and you got my favorite angle too. Looking up right in the center of it. Well done. As I mentioned to you, I happen to like the sculptures on Crissy Field and don't understand what the controversy is all about. They are cool. Enjoying your series Jeff!
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More From San Francisco! 4 years 5 months ago #3

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Thanks Tim. I didn't get any real feeling for the Crissy Field art; it is unusual, I'll grant you that.

Later that evening we were strolling along the waterfront enjoying the sights and smells when we heard the beckon cry of a boat captain looking for passengers for an evening tour around the Bay. $10 each for a 40 minute boat ride; who couldn't refuse!

The first mate (Gilligan?) went around the boat taking pics of the passengers with their cameras.
Me and the missus at the stern.



Looking back on the city from the Bay.
That odd looking pyramid shaped building looks remarkably close, but is in fact a lengthy bus ride south of the Fisherman's Wharf area.



So out we head for Alcatraz Island. Once we get close it's obvious the buildings are in a horrible state of repair. Most are either burned out or quickly crumbling into ruin.







As we round the north side of the island the wind diminishes and the waves all but disappear.







The captain was telling us which building was for what (former) purpose, but honestly, I forgot. It was a big ugly jail. One phrase I heard was, "When you break the rules they send you to prison. When you break the prison rules, they send you to Alcatraz." I'm not sure how true that is, but most will tell you it was a very bad prison where inmates were never rehabilitated but rather punished.





On the way back to the dock we spied all types and sizes of watercraft.

Container ship.



Two humungous cruise ships.



A WW2 'Victory Ship'. Apparently built in 7 days!



You never know where you're going to see sunbathing seal lions.



A small fleet of wooden fishing boats.




....more to come! :whistle:
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Outstanding shots Jeff! Wow, that is some amazing scenery, even crumbling old Alcatraz.
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great work at alcatraz!
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Beautiful photographs Jeff, very cool :cool:
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