Ever since I moved to San Francisco, I’ve been fascinated with the various looks of the Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn’t dress up or change colors. It does look different depending on the weather, though, especially the amount of fog. It goes from completely visible to hardly visible and everywhere in between. I’ve finally started taking pictures. Click on the picture to see a larger version; use the browser’s back button to return to this page.

September 28, 2008 at 5 PM, overcast sky, foghorns off.
The tops of the bridge are hidden in the clouds. You can see a hint of sun past the bridge bathing the sail boats.

October 5, 2008 at 1 PM, fairly clear sky, foghorns off.
The bridge is completely visible. As often, a tanker is going through. It looks like it’s fairly empty since a lot of it is visible above the water.

October 26, 2008 at 10 AM, very foggy, foghorns on.
I swear there’s a bridge there somewhere! If you compare the trees, you can tell that this picture was taken from roughly the same spot as the other two pictures. The sun seems to be burning off the fog, so hopefully, I’ll be able to take some more pictures today showing the Golden Gate Bridge as it slowly comes out of the fog. Addendum at 8 PM: The sun never quite made it out, so this is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge for today…

January 14, 2009 at about 5:30 PM, no fog, foghorns off
This is taken from a different place as the other 3 pictures but it captures the bridge at twilight well. Plus, it was taken by my son.


The Many Faces of the Golden Gate Bridge — 4 Comments

  1. I am closing this to comments for now since most of the spam stuff seems to come through this page… Must be in some database…

  2. Have a look at Richard Misach’s book, Richard Misrach: Golden Gate. He too was fascinated by the Bridge looking different, and photographed it thousands of times, sometimes on different days at the same hour, sometimes on the same date in different years. His photographs are breathtaking, as is the Bridge itself.

  3. I haven’t watched that movie. I’ll check it out!

    I edited the link to the Wiki entry in your comment. The only way I could get the URL to be correct is by changing the verbiage rather than displaying the URL in the post. WordPress must automatically convert URLs to links but in this case it didn’t do it correctly and refused to be corrected…

  4. Cool pics! Did you ever see that movie “The Bridge”? I thought it was great. Grim, serious look at depression and suicide, and I thought it really showed how huge and awesome that bridge is.

    Movie info on Wiki