Farallons via SF (and vice versa)
Wednesday was beautifully clear — I was stunned at how clearly I was able to see the Farallons, 27 miles away.
From Daly City, above Pacifica via iPhone + binoculars (but the field of view is pretty much what you’d see by naked eye)
The peak is 350 feet — for some perspective, that’s about half way between Bernal and Potrero.
(Strange to think that during the Ice Age it was just a big hill, and the coast was even further out. Makes you wonder what archaeological treasures are underwater. Also, the Bay was just a valley, and SF would have been way the hell inland, essentially the Orinda of the Pleistocene.
Did you know that when the BART tunnels were being built in 1972, they found 5000 year old human remains over 50 feet below Civic Center? They were once at ocean level but the area filled with sediment as sea levels rose after the ice age.)
I’ve always wanted to see SF from the Farallons. @theoverheadwire was nice enough to ask his cousin’s wife who was doing scientific research on the island take some photos. I jammed these together into a panorama (big surprise, I know).
4000 pixels wide, click to zoom. Labelled version (best to my knowledge, let me know if you think otherwise):
The GGB seems ridiculously far from downtown, no? Guess this really emphasizes what 7×7 really means.
Crop of on downtown / Richmond / Sunset:
Tragically, Sutro Tower is just out of view. Guess I’ll have to rent a boat (full of beer, of course) and take some super zoom shots in the afternoon / sunset.
IMAGE UPDATE: Geoweb pointed out what I had originally labelled as Buena Vista / Corona Heights is actually Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park (400 feet, who knew? but it’s about half the height of the buildings so it makes sense) and what I had as Mt. Sutro is Buena Vista (575 feet). And troymcluresf noted that the bit I had as Sea Cliff was actually Lincoln & Pershing in the Presidio. I have no idea how long Baker Beach actually goes — there’s a Marshall Beach?
In a further effort to make your head implode, here’s what SF looks like from the other direction, via Mt. Diablo, 31 miles away:
Alas the Farallons aren’t visible in this shot. But here’s Sutro: