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Sunset Over Time

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 November 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Could this be an analogy for my life?

The utility poles could easily be as old as I am. This is the site of the Southern Pacific Train Depot that stood at this corner when I moved to San Francisco - 39 years ago. Old and of Spanish architecture - it was torn downs shortly after my arrival.

In 1970 - a San Francisco bus ride was 10 cents. A dime would also buy the morning newspaper. A cab ride started at 60 cents. Many a bar along Market Street advertised 'A beer and a shot - $1. !' - In 1971 I was renting a large one bedroom apartment on Telegraph Hill for $135 a month.

The modern form at left is the entrance to the Caltrain Station that replaced the old station. Rather than romantic trains - bearing movie stars coming up from Hollywood to San Francisco for a wild weekend - the present station receives morning commuters - slogging their way to daytime jobs - and little more.

The way is being cleared towards the day when so-called bullet trains will provide service from Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco. Will I live to see that day. I certainly hope so but who ever knows? I love trains and would love to experience the high speed rail service. Meanwhile -

I stand here and watch the sunset and realize that I've seen quite a lot in this life. I am grateful...

...and hope to see you all here tomorrow.

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ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Getting a little maudlin...Herb Caen can't be far. [there was a columnist] best...jerry

19 Nov 2009 6:16am

@ordinaryimages: Hey Jerry - greetings from, "Baghdad-by-the-Bay!" - The promenade along the Embarcadero here has been dubbed 'Herb Caen Way'. It is a couple of blocks from my office by the Bay Bridge. I walk along there frequently and think about Herb Caen often. Where is Strange de Jim, now that we really need him?

In the spirit of maudlin - I'll leave you with Herb's closing words at the dedication to The Promenade in his honor, "Heaven may be great - but I'd rather be in San Francisco."

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice light, good shot

19 Nov 2009 6:24am

yz from Hungary

great graphic shot

19 Nov 2009 7:05am

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Cool shot!

19 Nov 2009 1:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I felt the tension of industry as soon as I saw the thumbnail, and yes, lots of water under the bridge, the price of progress is not cheap. Good sunset shot, but I wish utility companies, worldwide would learn to bury their cables underground.

19 Nov 2009 4:08pm

@Curly: Make no mistake - the utilities know how to bury them - but it is far more expensive for them to do it that way. Hence, they are frequently buried in the wealthy neighborhoods - but rarely amongst the working class and poor. Guess who subsidizes it when they bury them? And that's the way it goes...

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the contrast between old and new and the great colors of sunset - makes you wonder what will come with the sunrise......

19 Nov 2009 4:21pm

@Chris: I am always grateful for the opportunity to discover the 'what' that the new day affords. And to never question the 'why'.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Cool shot, great story, and definitely hope to see you here for many days in the future!!!!!

19 Nov 2009 4:54pm

@Susan: Thank you, Susan, and know I share that hope...

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

love these evening hues...!

19 Nov 2009 5:34pm

micke bergling from Sweden

Great shot! and colour....

19 Nov 2009 6:20pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

wow stephen. judging from your commentary, i would love to live at those times. things were so cheap, and now we can only face the reality of a declining economy.... great shot though depicting those times. =]

19 Nov 2009 9:13pm

@Liang: Everything is relative Liang - I can't speak to how things will be going forward - but as to this historic picture - we might better off now. In 1971 - the minimum wage was a whopping $1.60 an hour. That's $64 a week before taxes !

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Ah Stephen. Remembering those good old days.... The one thing that no one can take from you. Memories. Yours and yours alone.

20 Nov 2009 1:38am

@Walter: Last night - our local PBS station aired three one-hour shows featuring the works of Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and finally - 'Mister Saturday Night' - Jackie Gleason. It had me thinking of the rich life I've been privileged to live. Far richer than what the wealthiest people alive could dream of a few decades earlier.

There have been struggles and pain along the way. But memory proves a tremendous filter - and most of what I reflect upon involve fabulous friends and loves, good teachers, rich experiences along the road, and compelling art. I am deeply grateful for it all - the good and the otherwise - grounded in the knowledge that they all are elements in this conscious life form I call 'me'.

And Walter, to you I say here - - - "...thanks for the memories."

jpdm from Pignans, France

sunset lights versus electric lights, i like this contrast

20 Nov 2009 8:54pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Extraordinary colors in this shot , besides a perfect composition !

21 Nov 2009 6:51pm