Sunrise over San Francisco, CA

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I got up at 3 am again to drive up to the Marin Headlands to view the sunrise. I hoped there would be some fog rolling in.  It was cloudy at home which was south of my destination.


While driving north the sky was getting clearer, and clearer. No clouds, and no fog, but there were stars!  I took this image while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive. Venus is the brightest planet (low in the sky), and the constellation Corvus is the quadrilateral shape above and to the right of Golden Gate Bridge’s north tower.

Venus and the Constellation Corvus over SF Bay

8 of us got up at O’Dark Thirty to meet at Battery Spencer in the Marin Headlands to shoot the sunrise. Since it was clear, and cold without much chance of fog we opted to hike the mile down to Kirby Cove to be at the water’s edge to photograph the sunrise.  Here’s an image I made just after arriving down at Kirby Cove.  The tide was a little higher than I expected. A couple of waves got my feet wet a couple of times. Thankfully I wear waterproof boots.

Venus is the only thing bright enough to shine above the on coming dawn, and the cities lights.

Venus in the Eastern Sky Before Sunrise

After making several images down at the waters edge I decided to move up to the cliff just above me to capture the sun as it crested the skyline.

Sunrise over San Francisco CA

The clouds were just beginning to roll in from the north as the sun crested the skyline.  Once the sun got above the city we decided to head up the mountain to have some breakfast with lots of hot coffee to warm up with.

For more information about Kirby Cove click here.

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Monochrome Madness 2: 27/52 Country

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We return to Monochrome Madness 2 this week with Theme Week.  The Theme is Country.  I was torn between; Country a nation, or Country rural. In the end I went Literal (no surprise there right) 🙂

My image is from Fort Point National Park in San Francisco, CA. which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

MM2 27 of 52 Country

The view is looking North across the “Gate”. You see both the South and North Towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and in the foreground some of the 3 tier casements of Fort Point, and on the top tier some of the old Cannon Foundations, and watch tower.

For the History Buffs

In 1851 the War Department got busy planning to build a Fort(s) on the Pacific Coast. Priority was to build a Fort at San Francisco’s Gateway because the Military considered it a High Priority and Key to the Pacific Coast.

Construction began on Fort Point in 1853, but completion of the Fort was delayed due to the cost, and complexity of the building’s multi-storied tiers of arched casements. The fort needed to be strong enough to withstand the strong storms of the Pacific.  The building is made of walls 7 feet thick, and has the multi-tiered casement construction typical of Third System forts.  There were 30+ forts of this type on the East Coast, but this was the only one built of this type on the West Coast.

Third System forts were planned after the war of 1812; they combined high walls, heavy masonry, and classified as Third System, as a grade of structural integrity.

When Fort Point was completed to its top tier (barbette) it could accommodate 90 cannons which weren’t yet installed.

In 1861 war was looming on the East Coast so the Army mounted  55 guns at the fort, and the first garrison and defenses were ordered.

Fort Point never had to fire its guns during the Civil War, and the Confederate Army never launched an attack on the Bay.

For further reading about the Fort’s Post-Civil War History to Present day click here.

I believe the flag is flying at Half Staff to honor the victims in Roseburg, OR.

To see all the images that were shared for the Theme Country  click Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness 2.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6 & Silver Efex Pro

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