San Francisco, another great city, and has such great culture. There really isn’t anything like it. From the Gold Rush to Immigration, so much has happened, so much history.
Being a “San Franciscian” I have learned that you can find beauty in any where you look. Early morning is the best time in this city, people may disagree but for me, the sound of seagulls, the smell of the dew and fog in the air, and the noisy chatter from all the people on the streets, really gets me. The photo above was taken near Hunters Point, next to all the old Navel ship yards. A flock of birds decided they wanted to be photographed and kept flying in and out of frame, making for a powerful image.
Right after the sun sets is also an amazing sight in San Francisco! I always get a certain feeling at this time of the day in the city, that I cannot describe. After sitting on the pier watching the sun set, and taking some photos we usually head out to a hole in the wall place to get some of the best food.
Some interesting facts that spark my interest:
-Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough, comfortable clothing.
-On April 18, 1906, a quake estimated at a terrifying 7.8 to 8.3 on today’s Richter scale struck the city. For 47 seconds, the city emitted unholy groans and crashes as streets buckled, windows popped and brick buildings imploded. Wooden structures snapped into firewood were set ablaze by toppled chimneys, and ruptured gas mains spread the fireIt is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
-John C. Fremont named the San Francisco Bay’s entrance “Chrysopylae” (Golden Gate) because it resembled Istanbul’s Golden Horn. The Golden Gate Bridge, with 23 miles of ladders and 300,000 rivets in each tower, was the world’s longest span when it opened in 1937. Seventeen ironworkers and 38 painters constantly fight rust and renew the international orange paint on its 1.7-mile span. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has enough steel wires in its cables to circle the earth at the equator 3.5 times.
-The City of San Francisco is the 12th most populous city in the United States and is the fourth most populous city in California, with a 2008 estimated population of 808,976. It is the second most densely populated major city in the U.S. and is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than seven million people.
On another note, California is known for our beautiful beautiful beaches, and breathe taking scenery here is a photo of a beach in Santa Cruz, taken cliff side!
California is also home of the redwoods, such amazing height and width, honestly something that can only be describe by seeing it for yourself!