10 Photos in This Gallery
I spent the morning walking around taking pictures, most of which don’t look the way people think of San Francisco. Walking North from the ferry terminal I eventually found the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Herculese is a steam powered tug.
We all love water. Watch children scream with delight when you take them to the beach or a pool. Our bodies are 70% water. Without water life would not be possible. When one spends over 2 weeks on the Baltic Sea, or its ports which are criss crossed by inlets, ponds and canals, the impact of water on one’s vision is undeniable.
Blogger and photographer Malin H. made me aware of this quote: It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)
This series includes photographs from, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and on the High Seas.
South of Kona there are a series of nearby beaches. Place of Refuge is a Pu’uhonua o National Historic Park and it is adjacent to Two Steps Beach, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot. Further down the road is Hookena Beach Park where I photographed some locals and their boats.
The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy.
While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.
It’s getting close to the end of the photos from my South Africa trip. This group of photos was shot near the middle of the trip and includes a variety of subjects. The exotic birds were photographed at Birds of Eden, a bird sanctuary that is a cage so big the birds don’t realize they are in a cage. It covers several acres and the net is about 100 feet overhead. A funny sign graced the men’s room at Monkeyland nearby. Bloukrans bridge is the largest in South Africa and known for its bungee jumping. The foot bridges by the sea are at the mouth of the Storms River. A bridge through the forest was captured at Monkeyland. The black and white landscape and oyster sign are from Knysna. If anyone knows the correct names for the birds, please leave me a comment and I will change the captions.
On the way back to San Francisco the sky was white all day. I was lucky it did not rain but a few drops. By a round about route I traveled to the Point Reys area, Muir Woods and finally, across the Golden Gate bridge. My only hope is these do not look like the usual shots from those places.
Galveston has a population of under 50,000. Right now it seems like more than 50,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles are there rolling up and down the streets without mufflers. Bikers are a bit nuts, but the girl bartenders who wait on them in Galveston are even crazier. Some are serving in bikinis or outfits more suitable for a burlesque performance. Their behavior is as outrageous as their outfits with the girls asking for tips to be tucked under the elastic on their hips. On the historic Strand there is a constant drone of Harley V-twin motors as the sound reflects off the buildings on either side of the street. The weather was perfect today with lots of sun, pretty clouds, temperatures in the low 80’s and a nice sea breeze blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. It is possible that the Lone Star Rally is the largest motorcycling event, even bigger than Sturgis. I hope my viewers will understand why I did not take pictures of the mostly middle aged male riders. It’s just biker madness and Galveston craziness. What can I say?