Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bay Bridges

The San Francisco and San Pablo Bays have a number of bridge crossings. I was fortunate enough today to be called on an unplanned trip from my home in Sacramento to Redwood City - not far from my home town. There are many ways to get from here to there, and at least two don't involve any major bridges at all. Indeed, if I was in a hurry, I probably would have chosen one of these routes. But I wasn't... and I made a few stops along the way. I should add that my friend Carmi and his recent post of the Golden Gate Bridge served to motivate me to revisit these structures.



This is the Carquinez Bridge. The cantilever bridge in the center was the first major bridge in the Bay Area. It was built in 1927 and is currently being demolished (the portion closest has already been removed... only the pier is left). The suspension bridge was completed in 2003 to replace it. The other cantilever bridge was completed in 1958 and served eastbound traffic. Since 1958, the old bridged served westbound only until it was replaced by the suspension bridge.



And this, of course, is the Golden Gate Bridge. It was taken from the parking lot of Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley. That's all I'm going to say - this bridge can speak for herself.



This is the Catilever portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. This is the section that was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The new bridge under construction will eventually replace it. It is way behind schedule and way over budget.



And finally, the suspension portion of the Bay Bridge. Although she sometimes languishes in the shadow of her world famous neighbor to the north and west, this bridge is every bit as impressive - and just as important. This shot, the previous and the next were all taken from the Treasure Island Naval Base.



Y'all know where this is!

4 comments:

Anna said...

These are really making me want to visit Cali! I have never been but something tells me I would love it...I have heard that San Diego is wonderful!

Maybe one day....SIGH...

Snaggle Tooth said...

Wow, what fruitful field trip results! You really took the long way around, thanks for the sight-seeing treat. The bridge-construction shot makes me want to be in that sailboat...

I've seen San Francisco via Video tour thanks to a friend who was there for USC-SF medical studies.

Bob-kat said...

Bridges make such wonderful subjects for photographs. I love the mix of man made structure against the back ground of nature, be it land, sky or water. You certainly have some impressive structures near you, even discounting the most famous one! One day I will see the Golden Gate bridge for myself...

Carmi said...

You cram so much discovery into one trip. Thanks for the mention: I'm thrilled that you thought of me as you set off on your journey.

I loved these images, because they showed another perspective on a place I had just been. We viewed the bridges and the city from different places, and I felt as if our work complemented each other.

I almost had visions of you taking the shot of San Fran from the naval base as I shot the other way. I haven't posted those images to my blog, but they're in my Flickr set, and I had to smile as I saw yours.

Great minds think alike :)