“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel
For those who live in or around a big city, my opening scene is nothing special. But for someone like me, who lives on a small island surrounded by nature, such a scene is quite unusual. I literally took the shot with my i-phone through the bathroom window of the home of our good friends who live in downtown San Francisco. To see such a beautiful cityscape, capped off by a view of the glorious Golden Gate, was a rare (and unusual) treat for me.
“San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme.”
No post about San Francisco would be complete without a capture focused on the iconic Golden Gate. My husband and I have visited our good friends there several times, but never have we seen such perfect, blue-sky days warmed by the bright sunshine. As always, I took many photographs of the beautiful Golden Gate, but this uber-touristy shot of her majesty is one of my favorites.
“San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
While it’s true being in a large, beautiful city is quite unusual for me, we had an experience while there which was unusual even for the full-time residents. During our visit a large group of humpback whales decided to have a swim in San Francisco Bay just under the Golden Gate! We were fortunate to be there at just the right time (completely by chance), and even more fortunate to have had our cameras with us. It would have been nice to have had my long lens, but I was thrilled simply to watch these beautiful creatures cavorting nearby, feasting on the schools of anchovies that frequent the bay in the summer and fall months.
“San Francisco has only one drawback: ’tis hard to leave.”
I’m closing with a personal favorite from our visit. As we finished shooting the whales from our high vantage point atop Fort Point, I took a moment to capture one of the guards inside, surrounded by shadows of the bridge. Somehow the scene expresses the melancholy I feel to be leaving this glorious city and our very special friends who moved there several years ago. As Jean de la Fontaine said “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” I am blessed to have found both – may you be able to say the same.