The Bridges of the SF Bay Area: Local Perspective

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Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

I was admiring another bloggers post on their comments of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a fantastic land mark for San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. And to be honest, I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life. But it still gives me a sense of awe every time I go over the Gate. I’ve driven over it, walked, and ridden my bike. Every way you take in it’s glory, it’s worth it.

So, I’ve been asked to post some of my pictures of my last excursion over the bridge. I’m posting the best of the sequence, coming from Highway 101 over the bridge into the City. The first is approaching the Golden Gate. You come out of the tunnel, and it appears in the distance. Different times of the day the lighting will change. It could be a bright orange or a glowing shade as it is in these pictures at sunset. No matter the time of day, it is dramatic.

Approaching the bridge towards San Francisco.

Approaching the bridge towards San Francisco.

On the bridge with the other span seen through the other.

On the bridge with one span seen through the opening of the closest span.

As you draw closer, you start to see the other span through the one you travel under. This is especially exciting since you can get some artist shots as you drive over the bridge. If your stuck in traffic, which is often as you drive into the City, it is easier to get pictures in the car if the traffic is stopped. In this case, we were going at a slow, safe rate in the far right lane.

To be fair, there is another bridge in the Bay Area. It crosses from Oakland to San Francisco, and is called the Bay Bridge. In it’s own right, it is about as old as it’s bridge cousin, and it recently has had a light sculpture mounted. It is to remain for two years. I’ve gone over the Bay Bridge last weekend, and the LED lights are secured right onto the cables.

I have a regular cell phone. So, I think a faster shutter speed is needed for the full impression of the lights. But, I’m posting my pictures, even though they are a bit blurry. It is the exciting thing for the locals right now. I hope they are able to keep it longer than two years.

Bay Bridge Light Sculpture April 2013

Bay Bridge Light Sculpture April 2013

Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Close Up

Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Close Up

So, sometimes, you can take your local sites for granted. But often it’s another visitors perspective that makes you rethink them in a new way. And most important, traveling and seeing other monuments helps you to come home and appreciate your own at home. In the end, you come to understand that the things you have around you all the time can be magical.

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