Parade Ground View

Parade Ground View, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Fort Baker
Parade Ground
US Coast Guard HQ
Horseshoe Cove
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Skyline
Early Evening

Fort Baker is one of the most famous components of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The Fort, which borders the City of Sausalito in Marin County and is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge,
served as an Army post until the mid-1990s, when the headquarters of the 91st Division moved to
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. It is located opposite Fort Point at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.

Fort Baker was classified as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973

The military history of the area that is now Fort Baker began in 1850 when President Millard Fillmore created
The Lime Point Military Reservation, for coastal defense positions
and logistic support facilities, on the north side of the Golden Gate, across from Fort Point.
However, due to lengthy litigation the land was not acquired by the Federal Government until 1866. Between 1872
and 1876, four barbette batteries were built: at Point Cavallo (Battery Cavallo), on the ridge above Lime Point
(Cliff and Ridge Batteries), and on Gravelly Beach to the west (Gravelly Beach Battery).
The only buildings on the reservation were barracks-like quarters for construction crews, storehouses, and offices, to the west of Horseshoe Bay.

In 1890 plans were drawn up for modern “Endicott Type” coastal artillery batteries to be
built from Point Cavallo to Point Bonita. Four batteries were completed by 1901: Batteries Spencer, Kirby, Duncan, and Orlando Wagner.

In 1897 a tent camp was established where the present Main Post is today, and the reservation was renamed “Fort Baker”. Construction of permanent structures began in 1901.

By December 1942, during World War II, there were 159 structures at Fort Baker, many of them temporary.
For example, a temporary frame hospital, built near the beach at
the foot of the parade ground, was completed in October 1941 and demolished in 1981.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s part of the frame hospital was used as the reference laboratory for Letterman Army Hospital, and included the rabies laboratory.

In 2000, the final uniformed elements of the US Army left the Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Baker,
a subpost of the Presidio. The 91st Division (Training Support), an Army Reserve unit, moved its headquarters from Fort Baker to Parks Reserve Forces Training Area,
in Dublin, California.
Many of the Army-built buildings still stand, and current institutions in the area include an active
United States Coast Guard station, the Travis Marina (an Air Force rest and recreation facility), and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.


Splash!, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Fort Point
San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge

Another short stop on the way to Fort Baker for a Meet-up.

Fort Point has stood guard at the narrows of the Golden Gate for nearly 150 years. It has been called “the pride of the Pacific,” “the Gibraltar of the West Coast,” and “one of the most perfect models of masonry in America.” When construction began during the height of the California Gold Rush, Fort Point was planned as the most formidable deterrence America could offer to a naval attack on California. Although its guns never fired a shot in anger, the “Fort at Fort Point” as it was originally named has witnessed Civil War, obsolescence, earthquake, bridge construction, reuse for World War II, and preservation as a National Historic Site.

Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 by the U.S. Army Engineers as part of a defense system of forts planned for the protection of San Francisco Bay.
~National Park Service

“Go forth under the open sky, and listen to Nature’s teachings.”~William Cullen Bryant

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Rocky Point
Hwy 1
Cabrillo Highway
Monterey County
California Coast

A friend and I spent the day driving the down the coast scouting out locations for a Meet-up. We came home with a plan.

GRRR! I did it again. Forgot to reset my ISO from the shoot before. Thank goodness this camera can handle higher ISO’s sans horrendous noise.
Love my D300s!

“The Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea”

Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approx 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles.
Historically, the name Big Sur was derived from the unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lays along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called el pais grande del sur, the Big South Country. Today, Big Sur refers to that 90 miles stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.

The Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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San Francisco
Lyon Street
Night Shot
Wide Angle

After the Meet-up broke up for the night several of us went out to breakfast. On the way home we realized we were only a few blocks away from the Palace so we decided to take the opportunity to do some night shots of it as well.
It was after midnight when we left here.

The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 was an event dedicated to progress, the celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal, and the rebirth of San Francisco following the disastrous 1906 earthquake.
Funds came from six million dollars in donations, five million in state bonds and five million in San Francisco taxes.

A nationwide architectural commission conceived of the Exposition as an architectural unit, and Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck was assigned the task of designing the Palace of Fine Arts.

The Palace was the last of the major buildings of the Exposition to be started; construction began December 8, 1913.
The original columns and Rotunda were framed in wood, and covered with “staff”, a mixture of plaster and burlap-type fiber.
It was the largest building ever to be made of that material. For purposes of an exposition, in which buildings were supposed to last a year and then collapse readily, staff was ideal; but durability was one quality it lacked.

William Merchant, who was from Maybeck’s office, designed many of the Palace’s decorative elements.
He also spent the last ten years of his life until 1962 planning the Palace’s restoration.

A move to preserve the Palace was begun in October, 1915 with a Fine Arts Preservation Day. 33,000 supportive signatures were gathered,
and $350,000 was raised towards the duplication of the Palace in lasting materials.

When the ashes of the Exposition were cleared, all that was left was the Palace of Fine Arts.
It was maintained first by the San Francisco Art Association who attempted to raise additional funds for the preservation.
After the First World War, the Palace became part of the city park system.
Federal funds were used to repair and replace some of the Palace’s decorations, and in 1934,
the Recreation and Park Department installed eighteen lighted tennis courts that operated until 1942.
During the Second World War, the Palace was used by the Army as a motor pool. In 1947, the Army returned the building to the city.

The Palace slowly crumbled from the ravages of the weather and ill-use. Finally, the structure had to be fenced off as it was a public hazard.

Then, in the late 1950’s, a group of dedicated citizens, led by philanthropist Walter S. Johnson, initiated a drive to rescue the Palace from planned demolition and restore it to its former glory.
On July 20, 1964, a contract was awarded and the reconstruction began.
Workers carefully removed original design elements from which molds were made.
The rotunda, colonnade and all except the steel framework of the gallery were torn down and replaced with concrete castings.
In September, 1967, work was completed of a stripped-down version of Maybeck’s original.
The addition of the remaining original colonnades was completed in January, 1975 – a gift from Walter S. Johnson to the city and the people of San Francisco.

The gallery area now houses the Palace of Fine Arts Theater and the Exploratorium. The theater, which seats 1,000 in a continental-style configuration, was added in 1970.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” ~Anon

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Pigeon Pt Lighthouse and Hostel
Pescadero California
Hwy 1
Pacific Ocean

I met a couple of friends in Pescadero for a sunset/sunrise shoot. We spent the night. They camped out at a nearby campground while I slept in a comfy bed in a hotel 30 mins. south in Santa Cruz. I don’t like camping. You’d have to be God to get me to do again. So I had to get up 30 minutes earlier than they did which meant I got up for the sunrise at 3:30AM. I slept like a log when I got home.

We had a great time. The scenery is awesome. The company the best!

I used my SinghRay 3 stop hard edge Graduated ND filter on this shot to cut down the bright sun. I think perhaps the 2 stop reverse may have worked better or at the very least the 2 stop hard edge. I think 3 stop is too much filter for this shot. It is the only hard edge filter I have at the moment.
I also think I should have stopped down a bit more. Maybe f16. Might have got some star flare.
I’m learning!

P.P. Recovery, Vibrance, Clarity, and little tweak with the Exposure slider, and resized- No crop.

“Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full dazzling.” ~Walt Whitman

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Dawn on Upper McGuire Peaks
Sunol Regional Wilderness
East Bay Park District
Sunol, California
Diablo Mountain Range
1100 ft ascent
5 miles

I hiked up here with 4 other members of my Night Photography Meet-Up group. We met at 4:45AM at Ohlone College then car pooled up to the trail head.
Donned in head lamps, and loaded with gear we headed up the trail to Upper McGuire Peaks in the dark at 5AM.
The wind started in the night blowing in from the SE at 12mph, and was gusting at 19 mph. In the open spaces at the top we really needed to stand firm and hang onto to our tripods for fear of falling. Some gusts really pushed hard.

We ran into a herd of cattle along the trail going up. Steven flashed his flashlight to frighten them off the trail. One big black cow stood firm we walked around him both cow, and human very wary of each other. I have to tell you. I was scared she would charge. They’re huge animals! We also saw a flock(?) of wild turkeys both Toms and hens on the way out of the park.

Wildflowers- I saw 2 types of Lupine Blue Pod, and miniature, California Buttercups, Fiddlenecks, Clover, Filaree, Parsnip, Phlox, Poppies, and 2 new wildflowers I hope to ID this week.

Yeah, I made it to the top. The sun is rising over Mission Peaks, and the storm we were told to expect the following day looks like it’s going to be early. We did get a light mist.

It was a great hike. A wonderful way to start the day!