Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above – Land’s End, San Francisco 4 May 2013

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Good Evening:

For this week’s Challenge, another trip to the shore seemed appropriate, but this time exploring the northwestern corner of San Francisco known as Land’s End. I hope that “From Above” doesn’t strictly mean “straight above,” as some of these are more “defninitely higher than the subject but at an angle.”

Land’s End, like the area around Sutro Baths, is surprisingly dangerous for a park in an urban area; fatalities occur as a result of falls from the edges of the many cliffs. Furthermore, you will see few warning signs and almost no safety railings; you’re on your own, and your safety is entirely your own responsibility–rather a Libertarian park, if you will. Nonetheless, Land’s End remains wildly popular with native San Franciscans despite the risks involved, especially on days when the morning leaves late and the afternoon fog arrives early, much like factory workers checking out and checking in on their shifts. Indeed, the “afternoon shift” rolled in so early that my own neighborhood got fogged in by 3:00.

Perfect.

Many San Franciscans besides your faithful correspondent like the color grey. Some reasons why:

Ruins of World War II Fortifications at Land's End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Ruins of World War II Fortifications at Land’s End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Thistles & Rocks, Land's End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Thistles & Rocks, Land’s End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Main Path & Stairs, Land's End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Main Path & Stairs, Land’s End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Land's End and World Beyond, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Land’s End and World Beyond, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Before I took this picture, I wrapped my free arm around a six-inch thick branch. You can see why below. Believe it or not, no warning signs, no railing:

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A few more shots, perhaps more “From Above” than the above:

Flowers at Land's End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Flowers at Land’s End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Athlete Warming Up Below the USS San Francisco Memorial, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Athlete Warming Up Below the USS San Francisco Memorial, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Sutro Baths from the North During a Foggy Late Afternoon, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Sutro Baths from the North During a Foggy Late Afternoon, San Francisco, 4 May 2013

Some of the other pictures turned out fairly decently, but do not fit this week’s theme. I shall edit them a bit (none of these have received any edits) and save them for a later post. I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.

Vonn Scott Bair

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8 responses »

  1. Thank you for the lovely photos, they are just so…Pacific blue. Beautiful. If I keep looking at your blog, I’m sure I’ll be searching for fares soon for a trip back home. 🙂

    • Erica Preo: Thank you for visiting my blog. Land’s End offers so many different looks, depending upon the season, clouds, fog, and angle of sun that you can visit on consecutive days, take the same pictures, and end up with drastically different results. Vonn Scott Bair

    • cd1972: Thanks! Yes, Land’s End is a great place, but seriously, you do need to watch your step. I don’t know of another park in a major metropolitan area in America with as many natural hazards as this one. Vonn Scott Bair

    • The Retiring Sort: Thanks for the compliment. You also make a very good point; San Francisco has many fascinating/beautiful locations that people don’t see. If you do a search through my blog for “Peralta Avenue” you’ll understand. Vonn Scott Bair

  2. Pingback: Land’s End, San Francisco, 4 May 2013: Miscellaneous Photographs | The San Francisco Scene--Seen!

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