August 15, 2008

Raccoon Straights -- It's Sky Watch Friday !


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photo by Donald Kinney

Happy Sky Watch Friday, everybody!

This is Raccoon Straights...   To the right is Angel Island, and to the left is Belvedere and Tiburon.     This shot was taken from between Fort Baker and Sausalito -- just before sunrise...   That cloud put on quite a show...   I think I've seen more spectacular sunrises, but I think this one is equally as pleasing.


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photo by Donald Kinney

The photo above is San Pablo Bay, the upper-thumb of San Francisco Bay, taken from Ring Mountain between Corte Madera and Tiburon.   That's the west end of the San Rafael to Richmond Bridge, and the ferry boat is one of a fleet operated by the Golden Gate Transit District.   Richmond would be on the other side of the bridge on the right.   Those two little islands are the Brothers, East and West.   San Quentin State Prison is is located not far from the left edge of this photo.   See you there...

By the way, for my upcoming 61st. birthday I bought myself a (roundtrip) ticket to Alcatraz, so on the 29th I'll be taking a boat over to "The Rock".   See you there...


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42 comments:

RuneE said...

I hope you get to see the sunrise again afterwards too.

Inkivääri, Finland said...

Ooo, there are that titan's eyes8] Beautiful shots -you have there also sun somewhere there back, only little red light...

bobbie said...

As always, your photos are marvelous. I love the San Pablo Bay one, with the bridge angling across.

syel said...

i like your first photo with the hint of yellow-orange colour in the sky. it's lovely. thanks for your "award"! cheers

Abraham Lincoln said...

The ship certainly adds a lot of scale. You can tell how large of an area this is.

Abraham

John said...

Lovely shots, Don!

kjpweb said...

Happy B'day in advance! Make sure that it really IS a roundtrip!!!
Great Skywatch contribution!
Cheers, Klaus

OddRachel said...

Damn I miss those views. Nice shot. I used to live in El Cerrito. I would still be down there if it wasn't so expensive.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Heeeh DON (or is this Kitty's B day...) a soon HAPPY 61th BIRTHDAY!!!
I wish I could go to Alcatraz too, (where's that?) but eeh I am not even back yet from FRANCE, Nice bridge over the water and great sky!

Greetings from JoAnn

Tomate Farcie said...

Taking the GG Transit Ferry from Marin to San Francisco and back was the greatest, most pleasant commute ever!!! Taking GG Transit the bus was not as pleasant, except for the portion between Doyle Drive and Sausalito, where almost everybody stops looking at their newspaper and looks out at the views of San Francisco or the sunset out West instead. But, of course, the bus is faster (well, usually).

Congratulations on getting tickets to go to Alcatraz. I was chatting with tourists yesterday and they told me there is currently a 3 weeks wait!

peppylady said...

Kind of spiritual look to your picture on the first one.

I have some inlaws that have a home in Sausalito.
I visit there once and liked the area.

Thanks for popping in..coffee is always on.

Anu said...

Beautiful shot!
Thank you for dropping by at
Mumbai Skywatch

Mike said...

The light is gorgeous in that first shot. I miss the Bay Area!

Louise said...

Not showy colors, but definitely beautiful, and you capture was fabulous. In case you don't tell us when it really is your birthday, Happy Birthday (early)!

laura said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment.
I love your top photo with the orange amongst the greys.

babooshka said...

Lots of competing colours that merge wonnderfully.

Baruch said...

Great photos - love the soft blue look in the second pic

nonizamboni said...

Very clean, blue shots with such a big sky! Gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing--happy weekend!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I like the look and feel of the second image.

...I also enjoyed your Golden Gate images. I love that bridge. I had the pleasure of visiting San Fran in 2003 on a business trip that included some fun too.

Thanks for stopping by my photo blog, I'm glad you enjoyed it! You're always welcome there.

Leora said...

Oh, I just love that top one, with the yellowy orangey sinking down (oh, is it going up? hard to tell from the photo).

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll have to revisit your when I'm less in a rush...I spy some great photos...

Dee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment about the Saguaro Cactus Moon picture! Your pictures are wonderful- San Francisco is on my list of places to see someday!

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photowannabe said...

Whew...I'm glad you bought a round trip ticket. I think you bought yourself an awesome birthday gift. Its been a few years since i was there and I thought the tour was tops with the audio tour. The photo ops are plentiful. Looking forward to what you will show us.

Tammy said...

What an amazing and mysterious looking sky!

Celeste said...

Majestic shots - Don't stay too long in Alcatraz!

Kathiesbirds said...

Nice photos once again. Have a Happy Birthday on Alcatraz. Don't get locked in! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

piedmontperspective said...

Beautiful photos! Have a happy birthday and a safe trip. We'll be waiting for Alcatraz photos!

Jules said...

How beautiful - the clouds look like delicate cobwebs!!

kRiZ cPEc said...

happy birthday in advance, lol.

Louis la Vache said...

Happy 61st~ "Louis" hit that mark last April Fool's Day. Don't let them keep you on The Rock!

(Editor to "Louis:" The date of your birthday explains a LOT about you!

"Louis" to Editor: As I suggested to you in the comments at another blog: why don't you take a long walk from a short plank over the shark tank?)

chrome3d said...

Ooh, silvery light at the sea looks so fresh and clean.

Aileni said...

Moody shots today. Enjoy your 61st., don't get locked up anywhere over there.

system operator said...

Again great picture the first one. Almost like B&w with the gray scales and small patch of orange.

Mike said...

I love that grey quality. Beautiful.

Coca Cutie said...

Spectacular yes! I love that blue mixing with water!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Both photos are wonderful but I do really like that boat sailing on the silver the sea! The boat really helps to see the size of the bridge.

Have a wonderful birthday and enjoy your gift to yourself! It sounds awesome to be able to do that trip.

Thanks for dropping by my SWF!

D said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the serene boat and bridge. Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog.

Kelly said...

Both photos are great, but I love the one with the sailboat and it's contrast with the sea! Great job!

Neva said...

I was in San Fran in April and went to "the Rock" and was amazed by it....I got some fabulous photos of San Fran and Alcatraz....I hope you enjoy your visit! Nice skywatch...lovely colors.
mine is here

The Urban Buddha said...

Great shots! Really like the composition. :)

Mary said...

Oh what beautiful shots! I am only now catching up on all the Skywatch photos (we were away in Philadelphia over the weekend) and I'm so glad I saw yours! Outstanding as usual!

Tina Coruth said...

I love the color in these beautiful sunrise photos. Gorgeous!

Thank you for your kind comment on my dragonfly skywatch photo. :-)

 
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