Monday Photo Minimalism~Looking Up

The full moon sets amidst swirling clouds; it all seems so simple.

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The Sunday Traveler~Men at Work on the Golden Gate

The wonderful Golden Gate, spanning a one mile wide strait connecting San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. The Sunday Traveler finally ticked one more thing off her bucket list; walking up to and across the bridge this last June. I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for some forty years, and finally walked the talk.

 

Approaching the bridge on a path from the southeast side parking lot (coming from the Marin side), is a little bit of a hike, but not too strenuous, and the views from the path are well worth it.

And as we wound around and up the path to the bridge I began to see the underbelly of the structure.

Breath taking to see the maze of steel that holds up the bridge. We walked on and I was extremely lucky to see some of the men working, who keep this bridge safe.

Construction started on the bridge in January 1933, and was completed in April 1937; and there must be constant upgrades and inspections you can be certain.

The total length of the bridge is 8,981 feet. the upkeep is mind boggling.

Kudos to the men who work at these heights above the water on a daily basis.

And then there are the men who keep the bridge looking beautiful

The walk across the bridge is 1.7 miles, but timing it is impossible because one has to stop constantly to look out at the view.

We walked at a leisurely pace for views, and needless to say, constant photographs.

The Golden Gate Bridge, walk it if you visit San Francisco. I highly recommend seeing it this way.

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday~All the Fish in the Sea

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism~The Other Side

 

I’m pretty sure there is so much more on the other side of that wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sunday Traveler~Men at Work

Not your usual photo of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. While most people are getting those expansive views, there are those working to maintain the massive structure. Complex and incredible work.

To be continued next Sunday.

 

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Wordless Wednesday~Thinking About Things

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Monday Photo Minimalism~Evening Serenity

Serenity after the sun sets.

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The Sunday Traveler~Alcatraz

The Sunday Traveler has had guests visiting from Texas for a couple of weeks, promotingĀ  visits to many of the local tourist spots. Sometimes, it takes visitors from outside the state to open the eyes of the resident to see just how beautiful our home state is.

Well, that said, the views from Alcatraz of the bay are incredibly gorgeous; the remaining crumbling structures have their own beauty, but the inside cell blocks have a starkness that is sobering. I took a few photos inside of the cell blocks with my phone’s camera, andĀ  will not show those here; I’d prefer to stick to the outdoors, which in a way brings home the fact of how hopeless the prisoners must have felt, being locked up in a tiny cell, and seeing glimpses of the expansive bay and the City that is so vibrant…and that was taken away from them. And, yes, I understand that some terrible crimes had been committed, and most deserved that punishment.

A “parade ground” that had once stood here has been fenced off, and quick glimpses of San Francisco could be seen as the torn tarp covering the fence flipped open with the wind.

This was once the post exchange and officers club. By the time the Civil War broke out in 1861, Alcatraz became a part of the U.S. Army’s western defense plan. More than 400 soldiers were stationed here. The island also became a prison for soldiers convicted of desertion, theft, murder, and assaults. In 1907, the army decommissioned Alcatraz as a fortification. In 1915, Alcatraz was renamed United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch. Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary in 1934.

Part of the warden’s house, I do believe the wardens had a pretty prime view.

Alcatraz has become a prime breeding and nesting ground for the sea-going birds. At the time of my visit, we were told nesting was in full swing, and to give the birds their space. Walking down one off the track road/path, a bird (I do not know what species it is) seemed to be pacing directly on the path and did not seem disturbed by the few passing people on this path, and did not fly away. Looking across the path on a slightly elevated outcropping of rocks on a cliff was the answer to this bird’s pacing and watchful eye

A fairly camouflaged mate in her nest was carefully being guarded.

There is quite a list of birds listed in an informational brochure of the island, but the only one I was familiar with is the common seagull, also nesting nicely here on Alcatraz

This seagull had chosen a comfy spot sheltered fairly well from the winds that most probably roar around this island in the middle of the bay.

The Sunday Traveler and guests had chosen a wonderful day to visit Alcatraz; fog that was pulling back, sun that became plentiful, and no wind.

 

 

 

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism~On The Beach

What did I do while I was gone? A lot of sitting and photographing on one of the local beaches that I am blessed to have in this little town where I live in Northern California. In the evenings at sunset there are incredibly few to no people out there. There are quite a few small beaches around town, but this one is a favorite.

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The Sunday Traveler~A Sketchy Return

The Sunday Traveler has taken a very long break, and will return not as consistently as previously, but as possible. A lot of water has gone over the falls in the last little while, and I’ve been traveling around on local day trips and a little more for some travel around the area.

I’ve been peeking here and there for insight. After nine years of blogging I do believe I hit a wall; but I’ve been filling my well during this time off. And finding a little bit of love and happiness again.

Life is all about seeing the beauty whether travel is near or far.

The photos shown today are from Burney Falls here in Northern California, just a few hours north of where I live, so I haven’t had to travel far. Burney Falls are within an incredibly beautiful state park filled with majestic pines and these falls. The daily flow of the water is 100 million gallons, so the roar of the water is a glorious thing to hear and see.

Travel on, friends. And see the beauty, it’s there.

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