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beyond the cove

Beyond The Cove

continuing along the one-way conzelman road, after having left hawk hill in the marin headlands, i stopped at battery rathbone mcindoe to look at the old powder and shell room structures and to take in the wonderful views the site has to offer.

here, you have part of bonita cove in the foreground with the south tower of the golden gate bridge and san francisco beyond…

incidentally, construction of the battery started in 1904 and completed in 1905 – it was initially named after lt. samuel b. rathbone, a u.s. artillerist, who died of wounds received in action at queenstown heights, upper canada, in 1812. in 1922, the east half of the battery was renamed for brig. gen james f. mcindoe, an engineer officer who was serving in france and died there in 1919. the battery was deactivated in 1948.

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from hawk hill

VB9298further on into the marin headlands, at hawk hill, this is the glorious view that greets you…

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golden gate bridge

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photographed from one of the lookouts in the marin headlands, this is the world famous, and probably one of the world’s most iconic landmarks: the golden gate bridge. it connects san francisco to the headlands over the golden gate strait. here it is on a sunny may afternoon, once the clouds and fog from earlier in the day had dissipated.

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after the fog

After The Fog

the fog and low clouds having finally lifted, i made my way to the golden gate north vista point (near sausalito) accessible from northbound highway 101. there, wonderful views are to be found of the bridge itself, the san francisco skyline as well as san francisco bay.

here is the skyline capped by a band of clouds on this unsettled may afternoon.

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from fort point

From Fort Point

as the day progressed, the fog lifted… here is the golden gate bridge from the fort point national historic site at the entrance of san francisco bay.

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just about

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after spending some time at lands end on the western tip of san francisco, i ventured out towards the golden gate bridge following a section of the beautiful 49 mile scenic drive.

as was the case the last time i had been in san francisco, it was cloudy and overcast. i found the approximate spot i was at when ‘a february scene” was photographed from baker beach and took another shot; this time the tops of the two bridge towers still enveloped in low clouds and fog of this late morning.

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seal rocks

Seal Rocks

the rock formation present at the north end of ocean beach at lands end in san francisco is called seal rocks. so named for the sea lions that used to ‘haul out’ on the rock formation. apparently the sea lions have migrated to pier 39 and it is usually only birds to be found there (as this photo would indicate):

“a few california sea lions began ‘hauling out’ on pier 39′s k-dock shortly after the loma prieta earthquake hit san francisco in october 1989. by january 1990, the boisterous barking pinnipeds started to arrive in droves and completely took over k-dock, much to the exasperation of pier 39′s marina tenants. the marina staff turned to the marine mammal center, an organization devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, for advice about their new slippery tenants. After much debate and research, the experts from the marine mammal center recommended that the sea lions stay in their newfound home.” ~ pier39.com

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trees along the trail

Trees Along The Path

after having spent the previous day driving the cabrillo highway and focusing on the big sur area, i eventually made it to my motel in monterey. The next morning, a blustery and foggy one, i made my way to san francisco.

the first area i visited was lands end on the western tip of the city. the fog would eventually lift in the late morning. meanwhile, i strolled along the coastal trail and the lands end trail. this scene was photographed along the former: monterey cypress lining the coast side of the pathway.

beginning in 1933, the city of san francisco and the federal government’s civilian works administration (cwa) planted thousands of monterey cypress around lands end to ‘beautify’ the area. after years of neglect, efforts are underway to prune and thin the trees of lands end to create a healthy forest.” ~ national park service – sutro district

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a february scene

A February Scene

exploring the 49 mile scenic drive in san francisco. this, the view from baker beach looking toward the iconic golden gate bridge on a somewhat moody overcast february day.

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