WPC: Admiration

Show us someone or something you admire (and tell us about them, too)!
—WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

I have a deep sense of admiration for the people who designed and built the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

As one of the stewards who helped maintain the structure for 15 years, I found that every day at work was an honor and a privilege. Working rotating shifts in the Electric Shop meant that I got to see the bridge in every kind of weather, every hour of the day, throughout the years.

Sunrise and sunset are equally gorgeous in my experience. Foggy days and nights are on an even playing field with clear ones.

I miss “testing” the foghorns at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. C’mon now, wouldn’t you do it if you had the chance?

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I have memories and photos to last a lifetime and it would not be possible without the foresight, talent and intelligence of Joseph Strauss, Charles Ellis, Leon Moisseiff, Irving Morrow who designed and supervised the construction of “The Bridge that couldn’t be built”.

The Golden Gate Bridge is much more than a means to cross the Golden Gate Strait to and from Marin County. It has an allure and magic of its own. Ask any commuter what the view is like as they exit the Waldo Tunnel heading South into The City. It is a gift to the eyes and a grounding emotion for the start of the workday.

There is no way to give up San Francisco, once you have fallen under its spell. You keep looking for the magic, and now and then, when the wind and the light are right, and the air smells ocean-clean, and a white ship is emerging from the Golden Gate mist into the Bay, and the towers are reflecting the sun’s last rays – at moments like that you turn to the ghosts and ask, ‘Was this the way it was?’ and there is never an answer… —Anonymous

  10 comments for “WPC: Admiration

  1. April 29, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Testing the fog horns fun!!! The image and the way it is edited looks like a painting reall shows your love for the bridge.
    Happy weekend.
    BTW
    The Morris Dancers will Dance up the on May 1 at inspiration point.

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    • April 29, 2016 at 1:07 PM

      It’s been awhile since I edited that photo and I think that I used iColorama to get the effect.

      One question: where is Inspiration Point?
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      • April 29, 2016 at 11:12 PM

        At the the Eastern edge of Tilden park. If you really are interested I could send direction.

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        • April 30, 2016 at 7:32 AM

          Directions would be appreciated. I can’t make it to the performance, but I would like to visit the spot sometime.
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  2. April 29, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    You are soooo right! The view as you come out of that tunnel touches me EVERY time. I can’t explain it either. Ahhhhh! will have to do for now 🙂

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    • April 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

      “Ahhhhh!” works fine, Donna. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
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  3. Pan
    April 29, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I love when you write about the bridge 💛
    Though I’ve never been on a girder nor tested the foghorn or any electric component of the bridge,
    you take me to the top and I feel the nostalgia of this manmade wonder thru your eyes 😊

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    • April 29, 2016 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks, Pan. I am going to do more of that in the future. Stay tuned for some stories.
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  4. April 29, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    I can totally understand your admiration for the Golden Gate Bridge. Beautiful work.

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