Yosemite Photo Tour April 30 and May 1 2014

May 03, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Yosemite Blog April 30th and May 1st, 2014 - San Francisco

We have just had two amazing days in San Francisco.  Great sunsets, night photography and visiting the many interesting places and landmarks of the city, both iconic and historic. 

The first full day in the city we took the ferry to Angel Island, which is located in the San Francisco Bay just behind Alcatraz Island. It is much bigger and is actually a California State Park. Angel Island was one home to an army base during the American Civil War and then an army and training base during the second world war.  Angel Island was also an immigration processing facility similar to Ellis Island in New York. The landscape and photo opportunities from the island were great, we spent the morning on the island and lunch.

Later in the afternoon we transferred by ferry to Alcatraz Island and spent time photographing and touring the former prison, also know as the rock. One of the best things about touring Alcatraz is the self guided audio tour, which is presented by former prisoners and prison guards. There was also a former inmate in the book store doing a book signing on his story from his time spent on the rock.

The balance of our time in San Francisco was spent experiencing the various city districts and opportunities to experience riding the famous San Francisco Cable Cars.  

This is our final post for the tour and I'm actually posting tonights blog as we fly from San Francisco to Detroit, gotta love modern technology and wifi at 30,000 feet.  Enjoy the images from our two days in San Francisco and don't forget to mark May 25th on your calendar as that is the departure date for our photo tour to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. 

Thanks again for following along as we toured Yosemite and San Francisco.

This first image is from Lorie's diner, I thought B&W was perfect for this shot


A view of some of the buildings on Alcatraz as we sailed passed, traveling to Angel Island


An interesting view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the back side of Angel Island


San Francisco is a busy port, a big container ship with the Bay Bridge as a backdrop


Another view of Alcatraz


B&W of Alcatraz, this is the dock the prisoners would first land on the island


These students were on Angel Island as a school trip and re enactment, what a fun experience


This old wagon wheel was near the civil war barracks


Framed view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Angel Island


Alcatraz with San Francisco in the background, notice the hilly streets ...


One of the old Army utility buildings on Angel Island


This is the old immigration facilities, many immigrants spent far to long here


There are many beautiful flowers and trees on the island


The showers at Alcatraz, the first place incoming prisoners saw as the entered the facility


The cell of one of the prisoners that escaped by using a spoon to dig away at the cement and then climb to the roof through a utility access behind the cell block. The prisoners were never found. It was said they drowned in the cold bay waters or where eaten by sharks.


Michigan Avenue, the centre cell block at Alcatraz


This is all that is left of the town houses where the prison guards and their families lived, located just outside the prison walls on the island. The buildings were demolished for safety reasons.


The communications office, just as it was the day the prison closed


Spring in California, mating season even for the gulls, many birds live on Alcatraz


Welcome to the famous San Francisco District of Haight Ashbury, just like walking back in time


Some very interesting subjects in this district ...


Also many very interesting subjects to photograph


Some very colourful buildings


I bet if kids between the ages of 7 and 13 don't know what these are????


Lorna doing her part for the peace movement ...


Relaxing in one of many cafe's along Haight Street


Not sure if this guy knows what year it is??


It might even speak back ...


Relaxing in the morning sun near Alamo Park


Some of the beautifully painted homes in this distric


John capturing a shot near Alamo Park


The famous painted sisters with the city of San Francisco in the background


Only in San Francisco will you find a cat to ride as look out


Even newer built buildings take on an older times flavour, the VW works well in the pic too!


Lorna and Judy boarding the street car ...


Captain James Sparrow I presume?


Welcome to San Francisco Wharf


The famous seals of pier 39


One of the America Cup sailboats in the bay


Cable car coming down Powell Street with the afternoon sunshine 


At the end of the line the cable cars get turned on this turn table


The cable car driver uses a clamp system to grip the cable to pull the car along


A view of Alcatraz earlier this week!


Looking down Powell Street as the cable car climbs the steep hill


Just as the car reaches the top of the hill at Lombard Street


Lombard Street, check your brakes!


Looking down Lombard Street towards the Bay Bridge


Great place for a pic with Alcatraz in the background


One last shot of Alcatraz from the top of Powell Street hill


At the sun sets over the Golden Gate Bridge and the Trekkers head for home ...


Thanks for following our Yosemite and San Francisco travel blog. It is always fun to share images and stories from our adventures. See you on the 25th of May for our next tour when we depart for the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.


Please add a comment

Posted by Gail Nichol on
It has been fun following along. I definitely want to go on this trip The photos are great and welcome home everyone!
Posted by Bill on
Some great shots, this is a great city to photograph. I really like the cable car shots!
Posted by Jim on
Great as always, SF is a great city.
Posted by Ken on
Always fun to follow along, some beautiful shots from the tour. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Bruce on
What a great city, looks like you had beautiful weather!
Posted by Debbie on
Nice photography, looks like you had a great time. Nice to see you in the photos Lorna.
Posted by Helen on
One of my favourite cities to visit. Love the pics they tell the SF story. James and crew I've enjoyed your blog once again.
Posted by Kelly on
Great photos, San Francisco is a fun city. Yosemite photos are beautiful.
Posted by Mark on
Just had a look though the blog. Yosemite is so beautiful, I will watch for your next tour, as this is now on my bucket list.
Posted by Nancy Anne on
Brings back many great memories. Looks like you had another excellent trip. Can't wait to see more photos.
Posted by Nancy Anne on
Brings back many great memories. Looks like you had another excellent trip. Can't wait to see more photos.
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