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UPDATE: SS POINT REYES BURNED
Sad to report that this small iconic landmark caught fire and has burned. Even sadder is that it is thought that the fire may have been set by photographers using a technique known as Wool Spinning where steel wool is set on fire and spun throwing sparks in circular arcs. If true it could have negative effects on all photographers. Very saddened by the loss of this bit of history.

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The tide rolls into Tomales Bay at sunset making for a near perfect mirrored reflection of an old fishing boat long ago wedged on a small sandbar in the town of Inverness. Wild flowers rise up out of the tide as perfect decoration for the rusted and decaying shipwreck most often referred to as the S.S. Point Reyes. The rolling coastal foothills of California glow creating a great backlight for this popular tourist destination near Point Reyes National Seashore.

The reflection are is actually in a small creek that runs though the town of Inverness and into Tomales Bay. As the tide rises the brackish water flows backwards up the creek submerging the grass and wildflowers that line the shoreline. It's a perfect place to sit and watch the sunset as the fog moves so quickly here that the scene changes from moment to moment. The
boat is located directly behind the grocery store in the town of Inverness and is easy to miss due to the buildings. Once behind the grocery store there is a nice picnic area and a small trail that runs along the shore and out to the south side of the small creek.

Further out the road are a number of other great vistas including the Point Reyes Lighthouse and the old RCA Radio Station which has been preserved by the National Parks service. On the far north end of the Point Reyes peninsula, herds of elk cover the hills and can be viewed easily against the vast shoreline. Truly one of California's less well known treasures the park is seldom crowded.

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The City by the Bay gears up and puts on its Holiday lights. The Transamerica tower's beacon is incredibly bright and twinkles as it glows through December nights. One of my favorite spots is where the tower aligns within the opening at the top of the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Somehow I never get tired of seeing the bridge.


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Tags:   San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Suspension Califonria City By The Bay Bay Area Bay Lights Night Glow Christmas Holidays Starburst Pacific Ocean Hawk Hill Transamerica Tower Skyline Cityscape Starlight Beacon Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

N 120 B 9.1K C 14 E Sep 24, 2014 F Sep 26, 2014
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It was a dark and stormy night in the City by the Bay. What started as a thick mist and drizzle on the beach turned in to a steady pour. The wind blowing the waves way up onto China Beach reflected the bridge in the distance. The light from the Golden Gate Bridge sparkled on the turbulent ocean bouncing as waves rose and fell across the sandy beach. It was a warm storm but the dampness soaked you to your bone. The lights in the homes above glowed down on the rocks making them shimmer in the wind and mist. The first storm of Fall meant good news for the bone dry Northern California Coast and distant mountains. It was a somber night as nights often are on a the foggy San Franciscan coast. You get used to it after a while... and after a manner I suppose. The only thing that remained totally dry was the lens itself. Then it was homeward bound with nary a shot to account for my time in the Bay Area. Sometimes you take what you can get.


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Friends finally got me to take the plunge down the steep hill below San Francisco's Bay Bridge. I knew the view was stunning but I didn't realize the view of the city was as stunning. San Francisco is one of the world's more beautiful cities and is surrounded by magnificent suspension bridges that seem to adorn the city with steel lace. My favorite is still the Golden Gate Bridge but this view of the Bay Bridge holds its own. This was the easy part, heading on down to the beach level I understand is quite steep. The area is officially off limits but seems to be a common location for photographers. I was surprised that a recent fire form where this was taken hadn't caused the closure of the area. This is one of those views that everyone should have access to.

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Tags:   Bay Bridge San Francisco Skyline Cityscape Landscape Vista Suspension City Glow By The Bay Bay Area Night Lights Stars Silver California Coastal Journey Cables Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

N 52 B 9.8K C 16 E Sep 6, 2013 F Sep 9, 2013
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As the sun sets on the bay the new bridge lights came on and illuminated the
brand new and glowing addition to suspension bridges that the San Francisco
Bay Area is so well known for. This towering structure replaces the much
less impressive but long functioning cantilever section that partially
failed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that crippled the Bay Bridge.
The new Bay Bridge is stunningly white reflecting whatever color light hits
the bridge. As the sunsets bright LED lights illuminate the structure and
roadway. Amazingly driving across the bridge is a pleasure. Though the
lights are incredibly bright, they are cleverly placed so they do not shine
in your eyes and illuminate every square inch of the roadway amazingly
evenly.

Controversy has surrounded the bridge since the time when it was determined
a new one should replace the aging Eastern Span. In researching
information for this image I found out that at this time, there is a bill
before the Senate proposing the new span of this spectacular span be
christened after former Speaker and Mayor Willie Brown. If it passes and
recent reports seem to indicate it will, the bridge would be named the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge and being such a mouthful, would likely simply
become known as the Brown Bridge. No doubt the name will confuse tourist
who look at the gleaming white bridge and ponder why it's called the Brown
Bridge. But it will be in good company as they look at the International
Orange that adorns the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. No doubt, they
will assume Californian's are just nuts. Perhaps they would be right.

Unfortunately the pathway on the bridge is not yet complete and the bridge
is already undergoing retrofitting to resolve some of the issues that arose
during construction and contribute to the controversy of the bridge. Yet
no one can deny that it's a remarkable structure and one that will be even
more impressive when the old bridge is removed and new views of the bridge
become available as the walkway opens. Unfortunately a walkway from
Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco it still a number of years away and will
not likely be seen any time in the near future.

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