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Beautiful fans shaped fireworks erupt off the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary fireworks show draws to a close. The winds whip the falling embers of the golden bursts that tower above the bridge. A few stars manage to show though the bright spectacular show. Blue spot lights illuminate the smoke from either end of the bridge making for a glorious blue and gold display of light and architecture. Note that the Golden Gate Bridge's street lights have been turned back on. They had been off during most of the firework display. The fan shaped fireworks just added to the art deco design of the bridge.

The 4th of July fireworks show is rapidly approaching but it's hard to imagine it comparing to this 75th anniversary show. Still, it might be a good opportunity to get some different angles on the fireworks and the bridge.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Fireworks Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Celebration San Francisco California Bay Area San Francisco Bay Pacific Marin Headlands Tower Suspension Bridge Coit Tower Bay Bridge Transamerica Skyline Rainbow Color Ocean Silhouette Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMooonlight.com LiquidMoonlight.com 2012 Nikon D300 Flames Smoke 4th July

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San Franciscans conclude their nightly dreams under a light blanket of fog as the city slowly begins to show signs of life. Dawn breaks on the foothills of the East Bay in a brilliant red glow that unsuccessfully challenges the international orange of the bridge. As the skies begin to
lighten the early morning sky, the Moon and Venus slowly rise over the city by the bay.

The glow of lights that run across the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge illuminate the fog adding a soft orange glow to the hues of purple and blue and add a special reflection to the water hundreds of feet below. In the far distance the city lights twinkle in the hazy fog and the lights of the Bay Bridge are strong across the water like golden pearls.

Sutro Tower to the south hums and glows with electromagnetic waves of energy as the morning news broadcasts traffic and weather reports to the city's many early risers.

The promise that a new day brings starts anew. A chance to
make the world a slightly better place.

Are we still dreaming?


© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Sunrise Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Moon Moonrise Venus Foggy Glow City Bay City By The Bay City Lights Skyline Landscape Seascape Pacific Ocean Beach Kirby Cove Bay Bridge Coit Tower Skyscraper Nikon D300 Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com visipix

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As you pass from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway One will once again split off and head up the coast. The first beach you come to is a small but lovely little beach known as Muir Beach. Houses line the northern cliffs just above a small stream that feeds into the sea. The southern edge of the beach is lined with large boulders that protrude from the surf. As winter storms breach the sand between the creek and the sea, Pacific Wild Salmon swim upstream to spawn underneath towering redwoods.

Because the Muir Beach is so near San Francisco and is a smallest beaches, about a thousand feet from end to end, it is often crowded making it a somewhat difficult beach for shooting seascapes. But if you take your time and don't mind houses lighting the northern cliffs, you can get some remarkable sunsets. Sunsets facing south pick up the light from San Francisco and can add to or ruin a sunset.

Muir Beach is also a gateway for great vistas of the Pacific via trails that travel south along the coastal foothills into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The coastal trails travel the full 17 or so miles to the Golden Gate Bridge over a number of steep hills and ravines.


© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   California Beach Seascape Landscape San Francisco John Muir Muir Beach Surf Sunset Ocean Pacific Muir Woods State Park Nikon D300 Rocky Shore Glow Reflections Cliff Seaside Sea 太平洋 パシフィック 태평양 Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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California's most famous lighthouse is now missing its remarkable 24 beam Fresnel lens. As reconstruction of the aging lighthouse gets under way, the first major step was to safely relocate the 16 foot tall, 8000lb first-order Fresnel lens, which consisted of 1008 individual prisms, to the fog horn building next to the lighthouse.

The massive lens can now be viewed up close during visiting hours as work continues on the upper portion of the lighthouse which was damaged in 2001 when a 200 plus pound piece of the brick and steel framework forced closure of the lighthouse to the public.

As a result of the planned repairs, the famous annual lighting of the lighthouse will not grace the coastline until the lens is returned to its rightful place atop the 117 ft tower. Estimates on the repair time range from 5 to 10 years depending mostly on funding.

Along with me on this day were my friends and fellow Flickr photographers Matt Granz, Miguel De La Cruz, and Mike Oria. I always enjoy shooting the lighthouse but the decision we made was to head further south to try and get a better angle on the storm clouds. It would turn in to a mad dash to get the best light with Me and Miguel getting separated from Mike and Matt.
One thing is for sure, we all had a very interesting night.

If you have read this far and not seen the brightly illuminated seagull in flight, click on the Wallpaper Size and look for him. He's fairly well hidden but you should be able to find him.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Pigeon Point Lighthouse California Pacific Ocean Fresnel Nikon D300 17mm 55mm Nikkor Lens Coast Beach Seagul Sunset Clouds Storm Hostel Surf Flight Rust Rocks Rocky Coastline Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com lighthousetrek

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Famous for its tidal pools, wild life and spectacular sunsets Pacific Grove lies on the southern end of Monterey Bay. Just west of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and historic Cannery Row, Pinos Point provides a stunning view of the Pacific. The coast here is battered, warn and nearly always windswept but is one of the most spectacular sites along California's vast coast. It's one of the better vistas for spotting whales migrating along the coast.

In this shot, a lone photographer who was kind enough to wear clothing that matched the surroundings can be seen if you look hard enough.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   California Sunset Point Pinos Pacific Grove Monterey Monterey Bay Seascape Landscape Pacific Ocean Beach Beaches State Park Rocky Shore Seaside Photographer Clouds Carmel Pebble Beach Nature Reserve Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com Nikon D300 17-55mm


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