Saturday, February 14, 2009

Artistic Simplicity: Ocean Beach to Land's End



Between rainstorms, I took a bus to Ocean Beach on Thursday with my friend David Barnard.



We were on our way to a new Legion of Honor exhibit called "Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique"...



...but the light was so exquisite outside that we decided to take a shoreline walk in a roundabout route to the museum.



Though it would be nice to have bathroom and shower facilities on the large city beach...



...in a way the area's relative wildness keeps it from becoming yet another commercial space.



Other than the somewhat brutal architecture of the latest version of the Cliff House restaurant...



...the shoreline is one beautiful vista after another...



...from newly rebuilt paths...



...surrounded by newly planted "native species."



Marin County is across the narrow opening to San Francisco Bay...



...joined by the Golden Gate Bridge, which was looking surreal.

2 comments:

AphotoAday said...

Great area, isn't it?
I was over there a week or so ago myself -- took the 252 stairs down (and up) to Mile Rock Beach... Quite a workout -- great area, though...

Sounds like an interesting exhibit at the Legion of Honor...

sfmike said...

The exhibit was "interesting," yes, but not necessarily in a good way. There are only so many rich people's objets d'art that I can look at without contemplating all the misery required to create the turn-of-the-century fortunes necessary to create these things. More to come in the next post.