Cloud Gate reflections

Cloud Gate reflections, Chicago

The most reflective sculpture in Chicago was always going to make for a good photographic challenge. After speaking with friends who had been (no pun intended) before I knew it was a popular spot for tourists. So much so that anytime of the day or evening Millennium Park was packed with people. Looking for a more abstract view of Cloud Gate, focusing on the refections of the skyscrapers around it, I got up before dawn to get the place to myself. This photograph was taken from the north side of the Bean to show reflections of the biggest buildings along Randolph Street.

Transamerica Pyramid Skyscraper

Transamerica Pyramid Skyscraper

Staying three blocks north, I walked past this building a couple of times a day while in San Francisco. The Transamercia Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the city, built in 1972 with 48 floors. This was taken one evening on a walk around the China Town area. I was stood on the cross roads Broadway Street looking down Columbus Avenue.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Looking down the length of bridges not only gives a new perspective but also a better idea of the size and scale. An example of this is that it’s difficult to imagine 227 metre high towers but most of us are more familiar with the size of cars. The Golden Gate Bridge is six lanes wide and carries an average of 110,000 vehicles per day. I came across this view while exploring the western end of the Presidio towards Fort Point Rock. From here we look north along the length of the bridge to Lime Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Bridges over the East River

Bridges over the East River

The East River is a tidal straight in New York City that separates Brooklyn from the island of Manhattan. A friend suggested visiting the Skipper’s Pierside Cafe down by Pier 15 on the north (Manhattan) side of the river. Unfortunately not only was the cafe closed for referbishment but the security guard on duty wouldn’t let me shoot from the deck in front of the cafe. Fortunately just a bit further back from the Brooklyn Bridge is the Pier 15. The above photograph was taken from the end of Pier 15 looking east. Behind the Brooklyn Bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and in the far distance is the Williamsburg Bridge

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers

Cycling through Golden Gate Park I wasn’t sure what I would come across to photograph. My original intention was to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from the west around Fort Point Rock. Having hired the bike for a full two days I cycled south along to Lands End park and Ocean beach. Finally I was heading back to the city when I came through Golden Gate Park (which is actually about a mile away from the great bridge itself). This was probably the last photograph of the bike ride. This huge conservatory (73 metre overall length) was built in 1878.