Goodbye Again San Francisco

Ah San Francisco, I should have known you wouldn’t let me down.

Just when I’d almost given up hope of catching one more low fog show before I leave to travel again, a serene white blanket unfurled through the Golden Gate on Saturday morning, its first appearance in months.  The fog remained too high to reveal the tops of the bridge towers until after the best pre-dawn light had passed, but it was still a beautiful show.

 

Conzelman Road Light Trail

Conzelman Road Light Trail

 

Sutro Tower February Fog

Sutro Tower February Fog

 

South Tower February Fog

South Tower February Fog

 

Towers in February Morning Fog

Towers in February Morning Fog

 

Mount Diablo Foggy Sunrise

Mount Diablo Foggy Sunrise

 

North Tower and Marin Headlands in the Fog

North Tower and Marin Headlands in the Fog

 

What luck to have such a memorable morning on my last weekend in the city.  I’d never seen Hawk Hill so crowded that early, with at least 50 photographers lined up to capture what has lately been such a maddeningly rare event.

 

First Light North Tower

First Light North Tower

 

South Tower Engulfed in February Fog

South Tower Engulfed in February Fog

 

North Tower February Fog

North Tower February Fog

 

And of course I’d been out taking photos many other days as well.

 

Bronze SF Pre-dawn

Bronze SF Pre-dawn

 

Full Moon Sinking Behind South Tower

Full Moon Sinking Behind South Tower

 

Fading Full Moon Over South Tower

Fading Full Moon Over South Tower

 

New Bay Bridge Tower Before Dawn

New Bay Bridge Tower Before Dawn

 

Moon and Stars Over San Francisco

Moon and Stars Over San Francisco

 

North Tower and Lit Up Bay Bridge

North Tower and Lit Up Bay Bridge

 

February Sausalito Sunrise 8x10

February Sausalito Sunrise 8×10

 

Cable Car Bay Bridge Lineup

Cable Car Bay Bridge Lineup

 

The pace has picked up for me lately as I’ve started preparing to leave San Francisco and head overseas again.  It took some work to cull my physical possessions down to a minimal level.  Just about everything I own now either fits in my car or in a 4’x6’x7′ storage space.  It’s liberating to feel so streamlined and mobile.

Marie and I are making one more Yosemite trip later this week, and right after that I’ll begin driving east.  I’m planning to stop at Death Valley, Zion, Page, Monument Valley, the Bisti Wilderness, and White Sands National Monument on my way to Denver, where my flight to the Philippines leaves on March 5th.

Goodbye again for now, San Francisco – I’ll miss you!