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(September, 2004)

Florian Bertzbach

The Köhlbrand bridge Hamburg

Landis Bennett

Golden Gate Bridge at Nighttime

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

20:40 pm PDT, 20 September 2004

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The Golden Gate Bridge is truly a world renowned landmark. It's arguably not only the symbol of California, but of the American West itself. Built in 1937 to span the Golden Gate Strait and connect Marin County and the rural north to San Francisco, the Bridge was the world's longest suspension span and remained so for over 25 years.

I spent the afternoon walking around the bridge and approaching it from various vantage points. I walked along its tourist laden pedestrian walkways, straining to ignore the deafening roar of the commute traffic, thankful that this day was unusually windless and pleasantly sunny. I took a cubic panorama from right next to the north tower where workers were occasionally visible on the top of the tower 500 feet (152 m) above the roadway. I took another from further along the Bridge where the traffic and the full on size of the towers was easier to see. I created another webpage where some of the other panoramas taken that day can be seen.

I went to dinner in Marin and returned after sunset to a vantage point from Fort Baker's Battery Spencer. The view was absolutely amazing. The yellow sodium vapor lights shine against the famous International Orange Bridge so brightly the roadway leaves a shadow on the water over 200 feet (60 m) below. Arc welders began their nighttime work at the southern end of the Bridge - the purple reflection on the water. The first quarter moon was on its way down over the Pacific. The stars shown brightly - look for the Big Dipper almost 180° from the view of the Bridge. The 6 second exposure captured the lights of the cars heading in and out of the City. A spectacular scene and one I'm proud to share for this edition of the World Wide Panorama.
More panoramas from the day at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Prints of this and other panoramas are available at 360Geographics.com/360Prints

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