The full moon is about to vanish from view near center. (the larger view shows this better)
Larger view and map link: http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/126075391/original
Just west of the narrows where the famous bridge spans the Golden Gate - the Gate widens rapidly and the San Francisco shoreline drops sharply south-southwest away from its northern shore. The soft sands along this stretch form Baker Beach - a favorite destination rain, fog, or shine. It becomes a mob scene on those days when it actually gets warm here. The beach affords a beautiful view of the Marin Headlands to the north - and of course - of The Golden Gate Bridge.
Here - we are at the west end of the beach - facing west. The distant rock at far right - protruding from the water - marks the place where 'The Gate' gives way to open ocean. The homes above these cliffs are among the most expensive on earth - the views are breathtaking.
The east end of Baker Beach is designated as 'clothing optional'. It is the only nude beach within the city limits of a major city in the United States so far as I know. Let me know if you know of any other.
Fabulous minus tides occur when we get a full or new moon. During those tides - it is possible to walk below these cliffs. You can see from the darker waterlines on the lower rocks how far up the surf covered this granite just 6 hours earlier. A model shoot is what lured us to this place and time. Our activity was at the far west edge of the beach (and beyond). We were technically in violation of some regulations I'm sure.
Our good fortune was a mild morning with no fog - a somewhat rare phenomenon around the Golden Gate this time of year. We took full advantage - shooting amongst the clams, muscles, starfish and sea anemones. There are also several caves along here that rarely expose their sand floors. We had a blast. I'll post one of our images from this session next Tuesday.
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