It has been years since we have driven Highway 1 north of San Francisco. I actually liked the drive better than Highway 1 south of San Francisco; perhaps because it was a change. However, I think it is because the Highway 1 between Carmel and Monterey is a huge traffic jam due to the population explosion in the area. Fort Bragg is the largest town along Highway 1 between Eureka and San Francisco with a population of only 7000 in the 2000 census. The southern part of Hwy1 might be more popular; I suspect fog is more prevalent on the north coast. This was the last sun of the day. Certainly the road has the same spectacular view, the drive is easier and I found the choices of restaurants more attractive. The yellow building on the right edge of the photo is the Wharf. The day we were there, the fish tacos were served on hand-made corn tortillas – a rare treat!!
The Coast Highway bridge over the Noyo River frames the Ft Bragg harbor. You can see the red and green l markers for the channel. The boats are moored further up-river. Wikipedia has a great aerial shot that shows this very interesting harbor to the best advantage. The town was built in 1857 as a military post and was maintained by the military until 1864. The post was named for Captain Braxton Bragg, a Mexican-American War veteran and later a general in the Confederate Army. The Fort Bragg in North Carolina is named after the same man.
A Grad filter was also used but I don't know how to show both in filters
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gunbud (34066) 2008-12-02 18:17
Excellent POV using this high span as a natural frame for for the lovely village linning the bay.
Love the misty sky above the lush greeness of the Northern California landscape.
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2008-12-02 23:03
This is one of my favoreite palces to visit and I don't go nearly as often as I should, it's only an hour form my in laws. I love how you captured the bridge and the restaurant below, the framing of the is so good. The photo as a whole does scream ForT Brag to me, there's a sort of gentle magical timlessness in for brag and you captured it. The light is great and I like that I can identify the buildings well.
The pub next to the yellow building has wonderful fish and chips and is super mellow and quiet. Hopefully you hde the opportunity to visit glass beach (my second favorite beach in the US).
lestans (17098) 2008-12-03 0:55
what a good idea to use the brodge as a frame !
This bridge make me remember the one over Tagliamento river, where we stopped to shot pictures.
I remember these places, since I spent three weeks in Sonoma valley and I drove hihghway 1 north. Beautiful landscapes everywhere, I enjoy to remember the ocean there!
Angshu (55039) 2008-12-03 0:57
Neat framing! That wooden pier makes the place look like somewhere in Asia...my first impression. I think the ND grad is showing on the sky. About showing more than one filter...I have no clue, but I've seen most people post with mention of only one filter like you've done
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-12-03 3:37
I've been here a long time ago, in October 1995, and I do remember it very well. This location is peaceful and sort of... timeless I would say. A typical Northern California coastal town, actually my favorite (together with Mendocino) for a long stretch on 1 north of San Fran. Now, what I really like here, is the above-mentioned feeling of timelessness, the type of atmosphere you've been able to convey in your picture. The clouded sky, those soothing colors, the framing... absolutely Northern Californian-lovely, thanks for sharing and bringing back good memories!
Have a wonderful day, I'll be seeing you.
portmanndominic (2400) 2008-12-03 4:46
I like very much Frame in the frame pictures , you picture is well made with natural and good colours
very useful note also
feather (51130) 2008-12-03 9:07
I love the way you have used the bridge to frame the harbour and the letter-box crop works very well. If we ever do return to the US I think it will be to see the California coast. I love the way you tell us what you had for dinner and which restaurants to visit.
Speaking of USA I finally put some images on my website
danos (84517) 2008-12-04 0:53
nice the physical frame of this interesting harbour with the houses build on the wooden stakes fixed fast in the river bottom.I read the informative note and i saw the the red and green markers for the channel.Well done.
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2008-12-04 4:23
Great composition with the river under the bridge. The vilalge in the background gives a nice framing. Well done.
edge (6070) 2008-12-04 13:27
Hi Pat, Another great place to visit. Have traveled Route 1 several times and have gone fishing at Fort Bragg. You did a nice job framing with the bridge. I really appreciate your notes, as I learned that the Fort Bragg and the Military Post in NC is named after the same man. Trek is sure educational. A bit north of there is a developing area called Shelter Cove. Here is a great fishing port where the salmon are caught and shipped daily to the seafood restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf. As I recall the Aliottos had a buyer posted there at Shelter Cove. Love that CA. Cheers Roger
Emile (20350) 2008-12-04 22:11
Earlier this year i went from San Francisco to Santa Barbara stopping in Carmel to eat, we didn't find any traffic jam during our trip, it's a beautiful highway that you already know.
Great shot using an excellent POV, nice view of the harbor through your wonderful frame using the arch of the bridge. Very well captured.
ahmetgedikli (25448) 2008-12-04 23:44
Wonderful POV, framing and good light. I like it.
Have a good day.
xuaxo (6846) 2008-12-05 12:03
Very nice bridge frame for the picture.
The additional view is also beautiful. The Wikipedia shot is great to a general view.
I knew only about Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
gneufeld (15884) 2008-12-05 13:48
A natural "window" framed in concrete - a rather clever idea well presented. TFS. Gerald
pablominto (53744) 2008-12-06 23:45
The bridge frames the view to this maritime environment effectively!
I didn't even know Highway 1 one continues to the north, for some reason one thinks it ends/starts in Carmel...
Nice details in this sleepy place!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2008-12-07 3:39
It is an astonishing framing under this arch of bridge, which ymbolise and accentuates the effect of refuge of this small port. A beautiful astonishing image. Cheer.
Have a nice sunday
- Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) (21344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-11
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron 28-200 LD Aspherical (171a), Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Crab Crawl
- Theme(s): Bridges / Pontes / Most - 1 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-12-02 14:26