watery wednesday #20

14 Jul

Ocean Beach is the widest and longest expanse of sand on San Francisco’s shores, extending from the Cliff House to Fort Funston along the Pacific Ocean. At one time, a vast sand-dune wilderness (now the city’s Sunset and Richmond Districts) separated Ocean Beach from the rest of San Francisco. Later, the Cliff House, and the now-gone Sutro Baths and Playland at the Beach amusement park, helped make Ocean Beach a fashionable resort on the outskirts of town. Today, Ocean Beach is as popular for seaside drives, brisk jogs, and sunset walks as it was the early 1900s, when seaside visitors took in the fresh briny air along the esplanade that tops the seawall.

The beach is nearly always enveloped in San Francisco’s characteristic fog throughout the late spring and summer, with average temperatures in the 50s. The water is notorious for its strong currents and fierce waves, making it popular, but dangerous, among serious surfers. The waves are quite cold, due to a process known as “upwelling,” in which frigid water from below the ocean surface rises up to replace the surface water that surges away from the beach. The rapid rip currents and cold water make the ocean dangerous for casual swimmers or even for those who simply want to set foot in it, and many swimmers have been swept away and drowned as a result. Lives have been lost here. For your own safety, obey the posted regulations and stay out of the water.

Ocean Beach is a great place to sit or stroll, fly kites, and fish the surf. Occasionally, it’s warm enough to lie in the sun. Watch for the small, shy snowy plover, a threatened species that rests here in the winter; and which is being strictly monitored and protected by the National Park Service.
Please note that all text are from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy website.

This was taken on a spring day with temps at mid 80s, a perfect day to enjoy Ocean Beach.  Personally, the way I enjoy the beach is drive to Chinatown pick up some food and drive to Ocean Beach.  Park the car and on cold blustery days eat food inside car while watching the waves splashing on the beach.

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Posted by on July 14, 2009 in Watery Wednesday


22 responses to “watery wednesday #20

  1. Ebie

    July 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Yes, ma’am, I am very good with following instructions, for safety reasons. I don’t if they impose stiff penalties, for not following the rules. I also love the colors and the off colored background. Photomanipulation?

  2. auringonkukka finland :)

    July 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    oh how wonderful images and place:)

  3. Ebie

    July 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    oops, missed out one word…..don’t know if they impose…

  4. Carletta

    July 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I am so with you on just sitting and watching the wave splash!
    I love your shots and the processing is wonderful. Love the splashes of color!

  5. Jane

    July 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Those are some great shots, and I also like the monocrome with just the accented hints of colour-I like your cobwebbed covered flower too. Have a great week:)

  6. mick

    July 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Great photos. I think I’d want to be getting out in the waves – carefully of course!

  7. Pacey

    July 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, beautiful sight and making me drool for that waves…

  8. Jan

    July 15, 2009 at 1:31 am

    I totally love what you’ve done with your great photos. Happy Wednesday to you.

  9. Alicesg

    July 15, 2009 at 1:51 am

    It is beautiful with the surfboard so outstanding.

  10. seniorhiker

    July 15, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for telling us about Ocean Beach — it looks like a great place to see when in San Francisco. I promise that I will obey all rules and regulations!

  11. Tabib

    July 15, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Beautiful beach photos and great post-processing work.

  12. Regina

    July 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Martha

    July 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Great shots!

    My Watery Wednesday

  14. Michelle

    July 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Awesome photo’s I love the altered images with the little bit of color added!

  15. Denise

    July 16, 2009 at 1:19 am

    What a fantastic vacation you must have had. Great image!

  16. bl2y4n

    July 16, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Spring day in the 80’s?? I’m jealous. It’s always fleece weather when I’m visiting SF.

  17. mimi

    July 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i miss swimming in the beach. lovely photos.

  18. Marie

    July 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting! Your visit to India looks wonderful. Have a great summer!

  19. Your EG Tour Guide

    July 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    LOVE how most of the photo is in B&W but theirs just a bit of colour! Very, very nice!

  20. postcardsfromwildwood

    July 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I love your treatment of these images – the details you’ve picked out for colour work perfectly!

  21. bw

    July 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    nice b&w pics. Looks like the weather is much better this time – pretty brave for those surfers without wetsuits !

  22. Louise Cannon

    July 22, 2009 at 1:50 am

    LOVE the second photo especially!


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