The Presidio at the edge of San Francisco Bay dates from a Spanish fort established in 1776 to defend the bay. The United States Army has been in control since the late 1840s. Nine acres are set aside as a cemetery, amidst the eucalyptus grove. Over 25,000 soldiers and sailors are buried here.
This foto was originally shot on Fuji Velvia.
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Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-09-05 11:23
A touching image, so sad to see a sea of headstone like th. and for me, seeing these military style ones make it seem more like a sea, as many cemeteries I see, the monuments are too different to give this effect. This is a vy nice point of view on this place, and the trees are incredible. They are like something from lord of the rings with their twisting shapes. Class shot and a great scan too, the quality has upheld perfectly well. Great shot.
All the best
rigoletto (32710) 2013-09-05 11:31
the trees over there have absorbed human DNAs and took the shape of giant helixes. combined with the sun rays, they give us oxygen to survive, until we eventually fall to the ground to feed them again with DNAs!
you did it russ, have successfully documented the conservation of energy :)
jcpix (6504) 2013-09-05 15:55
A very good scan here, technically this looks really good considering its age. Amazing how far advances have been made, even from as recently as '93. Although I've been in a more jovial and upbeat photo "mood" since posting my recent cemetery pictures last week, I'm glad to see this one. It's always a sobering reminder of those lost while serving their nation. All politics aside, I have great respect for those that have done so with honor and pride.
A fitting dedication to these men and women, and an image taken with respect and conscious regards to the grounds. A very nice composition showing the vast sea of headstones, all properly arranged, just as would be in true military fashion. In an odd sort of way, the twisting tree trunks have given this scene a hint of a lively dynamic. I know that's not the best choice of wording, and I mean no disrespect, but I find them intriguing in this setting. A touching and endearing image.
mcmtanyel (5143) 2013-09-05 18:45
First of all, thank you for your informative comment on the freedom to take photos. I learned a lot from visiting the websites you pointed to. Now earlier, in May, a similar thing happened to me when I was taking photos of the Masonic Lodge downtown but it ended much more pleasantly. That gentleman was much more apologetic and said they were worried because they also house the 911 facilities (and it was about a week after the Boston Marathon bombing). We got to talking and he ended up offering to take me to the roof of the building, from where one can have a bird's eye view of the city.
Now, for this photo: I love historic photos. The pattern set by the headstones is noteworthy, though it does not have the regularity of better known cemeteries, like Arlington. Nevertheless, it is a sight to look at!
Thanks and best wishes,
fabbs99 (10998) 2013-09-05 22:40
Nice oldish looking image of the cemetery.Sharpness and clarity are pleasant. Very interesting note to go with this fine image. Keep sharing.
emka (64110) 2013-09-05 23:46
Such war cemeteries are sad places (like most cemeteries), when you read how many young people lost their life somewhere far from home. And why? usually they are cared for and are interesting places for photography. here this one looks rather neglected. interesting place. Nice shot from you archive.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-09-06 8:19
Beautifully composed field of unfulfilled dreams and unreached potential!! and a terrible sense of loss and sadness as one walks around. This kind of image always bites in the heart well seen and captured with great depth of field taken from most interesting viewpoint. Very moving...
and an insight into another time....
Another splendid shot from your archive. Congrats
marabu61 (5863) 2013-09-06 14:26
A really impressive row of endless graves here, one can only imagine the human tragedies that have played out here. Perfect scan too.
have a great weekend
eldancer1 (20690) 2013-09-07 9:24
Nice capture of this sacred place, I've visited this cemetery once good view of the city. You did a wonderful job scanning the picture. Well done, tfs.
nikkitta (8885) 2013-09-07 11:53
I like cemeteries with great statues, not this sad ones with similar stones
Good work scanning this file
About the trees, here in Argentina Eucalyptus are quite different, with a high smooth trunk
Hope you return to new photos
Wish you a good weekend
Your teacher (Maria)
jhm (127883) 2013-09-12 3:43
I have a lot respect for cemeteries of soldiers, Sunday for a week and Sunday coming week I am always present on the remembrance of the places where are killed our liberators in 13.09.1944.
Very well picture with a scanning image.
Excellent captured, lovely composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Miguel82 (14332) 2013-09-20 11:49
Buna seara Russ,
A tribute to all these soldiers and sailors who died during that conflict, I like the big trees in that memorial cemetery, good dof and pov, nice colors
Multusmec, urari bune
macjake (45556) 2013-10-11 10:59
you should have waited for Halloween to post this
I was here myself a couple years ago, so thats why i chose this photo as it caught my attention right away.
the cemetery is beautiful, I was amazed at how many people are buried here. Seems to go on for infinity, and thats seen in your photo too.
whats nice about it is that there are views of the Golden gate bridge here if the fog is lifted.
ourania (18506) 2013-10-25 11:27
a very effective, sad and suggestive image. I like very much the way you filled the frame with the old trees that stand among the thousands of grave stones. There's a shuddering sense of vastness. The moody lighting and colours and the directness of the composition make the picture and its connotations timeless. Thank you!
All the best, have a great day,