Photographer's Note

The path in the foreground runs along the waterfront in Richmond, overlooking San Francisco Bay. To the left is an abandoned Ford Motor Company assembly plant that I'll show in a forthcoming photograph. To the right is a platform extending into the Bay that serves both local fishermen and those like me seeking a stunning view of the Bay.

At the mid-point of the path is this enclosure, finely wrought with a gate to one side, illumined by two lamp posts. There are stairs within the enclosure, but for the life of me I can't imagine their purpose. There is no dock at the bottom of the stairs, only the rocky edge of the Bay. Yet the scene captivated me, stairs leading nowhere against the ethereal backdrop of the Bay, with the skyline of the City of Oakland just visible on the horizon. Standing as a sentry next to the gate is the tall eucalyptus tree imported from Australia. The fast growing tree is appreciated for its aroma, as well as the shade it offers. Unfortunately, it is an unstable neighbor with shallow roots that make it susceptible to falling over in a stiff wind. It also burns like a matchstick, contributing greatly to the fire that swept the East Bay hills in the early 1990s. In this scene, however, the graceful arch of the eucalyptus limb embraces this view of stairs leading to ...


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Additional Photos by Curtis Grindahl (cgrindahl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 963 W: 400 N: 2031] (6113)
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