For as many times as I've visited San Francisco over my 9 years of touring the country, no one had ever told me about Sutro Heights Park and the cliffs. A friend of mine who had visited recently told me I had to visit. I headed out just before sunrise yesterday morning. It could not have been anymore perfect. Most of these photos are in landscape mode. Please turn your phone 90° to the left 😊
GIANT CAMERA is a functioning camera obscura built in the 40s. It uses sunlight to reflect images of the ocean and cliffs onto a giant disc inside the building. It looks straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Especially with that perfect Futura typeface. If you swipe back to the previous photo, a sharp eye will spot a faint glimmer of yesterday morning's lunar eclipse, as it sank below the horizon.
After leaving Cliff House and the Camera Obscura, I hiked about 10-15 minutes up the hill, past the Sutro Baths ruins, through a small coastal forest of aromatic cedar and eucalyptus and wildflowers until I rounded a bend and was greeted with this...
Next time you visit San Francisco, be sure to check out the Magic Sutro Heights Park, Cliff House, Camera Obscura, and all the trails among them. Especially at sunrise 😄 Follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, & Flickr for lots more photos and adventures! @brianstowell