Tuesday, July 13, 2010

They Still Bloom Here


When you picture views of the Golden Gate you always end up seeing photo’s entirely of the bridge, or the bridge and the city, or mostly views on the bridge over looking the city, in a very dense and populated city filled with sky scrapers. But just on the other side of the Golden Gate is a well preserved and unspoiled naturalized area, with amazing coastal views and of course another look towards the Golden Gate, but with an entirely nature inspired panorama.


Yes, this view is different, thanks to the well cared efforts of the Presidio Trust, these open areas are now filled with coastal trails, beautiful beaches and amazing wild flowers when they are in season and this is just the right time to see the beautiful flora.  Time is standing still at this moment and time, the views are quite impressive, don’t you think?



Amazing native wildflowers are blooming again with Indian paintbrush, yellow lupines and yarrow, angelica, thistle and various natives I couldn’t identify in blues, whites and silvers.  They all create this aura of an earlier period even prior to the bridge’s existence. A time when traveling was limited to horse carriages or tall wooden ships crossing the bay.  You can actually see pristine coastal bays and inlets where one could easily catch bass, salmon and many types of fish that filled the bay, or trawl for abalone, mussels and crab, then and find deer and other meat for sustenance around the forested hilly areas of the cities seven hills.



This doesn’t feel or look like the current San Francisco of today, but it does still exist and to take a trail walk from the Golden Gate through Marshall Beach, connecting to Baker Beach and on to Land’s End is truly amazing. This continuous coastal trail covering the entire length of the Golden Gate to the Cliff house and through the long stretched beach of ocean beach is an endless treasure of nature still in existence in this densely populated city.

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful wildflower views, to see other nature inspired views go visit http://www.clayandlimestone.com/

To see other amazing watery views go visit http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/


Meredith said...

Oh, I totally want to hike there! You've captured these tranquil spaces and vistas so beautifully, Noel. Thank you for sharing with us about the trust and the *other* view of the bridge -- my preferred angle on it, now. :)

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Great shots. Congratulations.
Thanks for sharing.

Regards, Roberto

EG CameraGirl said...

This is the first time I've seen the bridge from this angle. I love the wildflowers!

Matty said...

You are right. These are very different perspectives of the bridge than we're used to seeing. You captured the surrounding beauty we otherwise would not have known about.

Unknown said...

So nice to see a different view. "Behind the scene". Great insight.

Vicki said...

I always think of the Golden Gate Bridge as very urban. Gerat shots.

Megan said...

Great shots! We just walked around the Cliff House to Sutro Baths from Ocean Beach about an hour ago :) Gotta love super low tides. I'm pretty darn lucky to live here.

Noelle Johnson said...

Hello Noel,

As a native Californian, SF is one of my favorite places to visit. I like how you showed how beautiful the area is surrounding such a well known landmark :-)

tinyskillet said...

That's a great photo of the bridge, you're right it not usually viewed from there. Stunning shots.

Hilda said...

How wonderful! It's almost hard to imagine that it's in such an urbanized area.

Andrea said...

Hi Noel, that is definitely another side of the famous city. If i will be there i will surely love that area too, and your compositions are great. Your older posts of California hiking is also beautiful and amusing.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful views of the bridge and the California coastline. It is a beautiful place.

Ellada said...

Aloha Noel
Great picture, It's was nice to look at this beautiful bridge.

Kimberly said...

I remember the first time I visited the California coast...I marveled at the colors along the hillsides. You're right that so many people focus on the manmade marvels and not the god-given marvels surrounding them. I'm so glad you noticed the beautiful blooms and landscapes. Gorgeous!!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely photos. Great views!!

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