Nothing endures. One hour spent at the ruins of San Francisco’s Sutro Baths provides so many examples, starting with the fact that the Baths are ruins. Remember that as you peruse this collection of photos which I took at the end of a cloudy Saturday afternoon–come to think of it, clouds and days don’t endure either.
That ship might travel to Asia today looking strong and proud, but within 20-30 years, the cumulative effects of salt water and bad weather will reduce it to scrap metal at best.
I have no idea what might once have awaited at the bottom of those stairs…
…and I have no idea what these once did.
One of the sweeter and sadder aspects of human existence consists of this: love and friendship don’t endure. Either the love or friendship will fade away, or the humans will. We can derive some consolation from the fact that the concepts of love and friendship will endure and be celebrated by humanoid life forms, even those life forms that do not yet exist. At least, until Homo Sapiens itself passes into the fossil record.
Posing for Pictures Amongst the Ruins
Love Among the Ruins
Friends at Seal Rocks, 20 September 2014
Two Couples, Young and Old, Sutro Baths, 20 September 2014
So we might as well celebrate love and friendship now.
Incidentally, if you want to find good scenes and camera angles at Sutro Baths, Seal Rocks, and Land’s End, you might want to try this: look for signs that read something like “This Area Closed for Your Safety.” Then walk past those signs and head into those areas. Everyone else does (including many of the people in these pictures), and if your life insurance is paid up…well, heck, you weren’t going to last much longer than a century in a multiverse that measures its age in billions of years. Of course, long before the multiverse self-extinguishes, our own little sun will swell into a red giant and consume our even tinier little planet.
So even that won’t endure. So let’s all consume ourselves with despair.
I’m kidding, of course.
The fact that nothing will last represents one darn good reason to make the good things last as long as possible.
Have a fun weekend.
Vonn Scott Bair