On the spur of the moment I took a break from errands to enjoy a close-up view of the famed Golden Gate Bridge on a spectacularly sunny Saturday afternoon in late January 2013.
This photo was taken while standing on a hill at Fort Baker in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), part of the National Park Service. To the left of the bridge is the skyline and bay of San Francisco, with Sutro Tower atop the mountain in the distance near the center of the photo. The Pacific Ocean is to the right of the bridge.
I've traveled over this icon literally thousands of times, but rarely paused to see it from this vantage point where "you are so close you could almost touch it" as one visitor remarked. An armada of boats on San Francisco Bay were out in force, with at least five watercraft passing under the majestic span within a couple of minutes.
It's good to take periodic breaks from ordinary routine to savor the extraordinary. Life was meant to be lived with variety!
Seeing the West Coast's version of the Golden Gate -- the other Golden Gate is an ancient gate in the eastern wall of Old City Jerusalem, Israel, where I've also had the honor of visiting -- reminds me of Psalm 24:9-10 (NKJV):
"Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory." Selah [which in Hebrew means "pause, and think of that!"]
For well over a century before its realization, the dream of spanning the Golden Gate Strait north of San Francisco had been birthed.
Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge commenced on January 5, 1933. The fabricated steel used in its construction was manufactured by Bethlehem Steel plants in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and shipped through the Panama Canal to San Francisco.
When it opened to traffic just four years later on May 28, 1937, it was the world's longest suspension span, a record held for 27 years until New York City's Verrazano Narrows Bridge was opened on November 21, 1964, which is 60 feet longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.
As of January 2014, 2,025,883,491 vehicles have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, including northbound and southbound, since its opening in May 1937. The bridge carries traffic for U.S. Highway 101 and California Highway 1. It is constructed in the Art Deco style.
(Facts are from the official website of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.)
Grateful to God and thankful to the group administrators for graciously featuring this image on the home pages of the Fine Art America groups:
* CALIFORNIA DREAMIN, 06.20.15 * TOP TRAVEL PICS, 06.21.15 * COLOR WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP, 06.21.15 * PHOTOGRAPHY ONLY - LANDSCAPES AND LANDMARKS, 06.21.15 * IMAGES THAT EXCITE YOU, 06.21.15 * SAN FRANCISCO CITY BY THE BAY ART, 06.28.16