We Are Golden

It’s hard to imagine visiting San Francisco without the great anticipation of a sighting of deep orange steel from the Golden Gate Bridge from almost anywhere you turn. Like the iconic Eiffel in Paris it teases, playfully peeking around street corners and waiting patiently for admirers to view it from the hilltops or from the hazy windows of the tallest of buildings. If I played a game where the rules read to avoid looking at it for an entire visit, I would come up losing. Have I seen it a hundred times? A thousand? I couldn’t possibly keep track. Generous, the structure’s form and color bring out the best of its natural surroundings, and as it reaches gracefully over the bay, the bridge completes the city and makes it whole.  It is timeless.

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    1. Thank you! San Fran does have a wealth of iconic symbols, but wander off the beaten path and you come to a grittier more interesting city, which I enjoy exploring just as much….as long as I have someone with me… 😉

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  1. You’re right, I totally agree – these iconic fixed stars which charismatic lift a region or a city’s awareness in our eyes – just by being there and without them it would be a world of total difference – probably The golden Bridge and Tour de Eiffel with the statue Christ the Redeemer on the Corcovado mountain at Rio de Janeiro and the Statue of Liberty in NY are the most famous. 🙂

    Very well captured… 🙂

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    1. Well said! They do enhance already beautiful cities and would be missed. Imagine an ordinary bridget going over the bay, or a concrete obelisk standing where the Eiffel Tower rests. We’d feel lost, I think! Take care and have a wonderful day!

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  2. And you’ve managed to capture it from a different yet still beautiful angle, Elisa 🙂 It’s probably one of the first places I was ever aware of really wanting to visit (and I still haven’t been! Keep posting photographs!) 🙂

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    1. We biked over the bridge from the city and stopped at the bottom of a giant hill to take this picture. And it was at this very moment that I realized that my lens had been knocked to manual focus and all of my previous shots were hopelessly blurry. I am grateful to have been able to take this one using auto-focus again!

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      1. It must have been jarring realization, especially when you thought you had all these great shots. If you still have the blurred images, the next post is “SF In A Blur” or “Blurry In SF”.

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  3. This is a great photo of a spot that never does get old. I commuted over the GG Bridge for years (I now commute over another) and no matter how ugly the traffic, the natural beauty, complemented by a masterpiece bridge, grabbed my attention. To this day, I still open my car window when crossing one of the bridges that span the bay. It just seems right.

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    1. Bruce, thank you. We crossed back and forth over the Oakland bridge a couple of times this trips well.
      Also very impressive, with it’s new design…that look is popular now, of course, because it’s lovely. It s been interesting to see the progress of the old span’s removal. Slow and steady as she goes!

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      1. Piece by piece and it will all be gone someday. The east span of the bridge seems to be popular for drivers. The construction has been scandalous, however – cost overruns, steel sourced in China, rusting bolts and more. It is much easier to drive than the old bridge. Plus, the AM radio isn’t distorted so you don’t have to miss a pitch of the Giants broadcast.

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  4. Well done. We were there for New Year’s week, and had a wonderful time. As you say, getting off the beaten track will yield wonderful adventures and new tastes and sights. I assume you had a wonderful time in California’s most famous city.

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    1. Hi Barney, when I think of you and your wife, I imagine the couple who figured out how to live life to it’s fullest. I will learn from your journey. And yes, we had fun….weren’t there for very long, but I am the master at squeezing in as much adventure as possible. Always pay for it the first couple of days after we return home, though. Take care, I’m glad you stopped by!

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      1. Yeah, we always pay for it for a few days after returning, but somehow, the price is always worth it. I’m sure you agree.

        Thanks for the kind words.

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    1. My husband and I rode bikes from the city, over the bridge and around the bend toward Sausalito. We stopped at this spot after a long ride downhill and before heading up again. I’m surprised at how different the bridge looks from each angle. It’s like a beautiful chameleon. Thank you, and have a great week, space friend!! 😉

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    1. I would fill a bottle with the bay area fog and sprinkle it around my photo shoots if I thought all my pictures would have this vintage quality. Living in San Fran in the 80’s or any decade for that matter must have been wonderful. A city for the ages. Thank you, Mary,and have a great week.

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    1. I had pieced together that you live in San Francisco, and marvel at the thought of you moving from one of the most gorgeous areas of the East Coast, to one of the most gorgeous on the West Coast. Happy San Francisco to you!

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  5. It’s one of my most coveted places, and enjoying and viewing that iconic design from various vantage points. That inspirational elegance symbolizes a wealth of the history of California and the way that nature and human nature converge.

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    1. Thank you, and I agree, any view of the Golden Gate Bridge is special. There are benefits (and downsides such as achy muscles) to biking through an area as you’re able to find little nooks and crannies that others might miss. Have a wonderful weekend, Otto!

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  6. Really liked your post a lot Elisa. I find it interesting that historically the building of the GG Bridge was immensely controversial at the time, but they went forward with it anyway and it was a huge success in so many ways.

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  7. I know how hard it is to capture iconic structures from fresh angles, but you seem to have managed beautifully! Well worth the achy muscles 🙂

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    1. Hello again 🙂 and thank you. I guess biking over hill and dale, and scrambling around in the bushes is the only way to capture a fresh angle of an icon that’s been photographed thousands of times. (millions?) I shudder at the thought of what I’d have to do to achieve similar results for the Eiffel!

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  8. Golden Gate – such an icon! I’ve also seen it many times, it is still always fascinating. I have however never seen it from the angle you have presented, very nice!

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  9. 🙂 Golden for sure and on my mind recently;
    a work buddy is heading out there in 5 weeks to teach soccer, he’s prepared for the mist rolling in from the sea as he’s from Brighton (U.K.) and it’s the same here:
    here comes the sun 😉 ooo there it goes again 🙂
    Nx

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      1. Oh gosh, are you really?! a heat wave, i had almost forgotten that those existed 😦 good old Blighty, (England) she’ll freeze us again 😉
        love love to you Elisa.
        Nx

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