Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery
Golden Gate Park extending from the Dutch Windmill toward the southeast (34K jpg left, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).
A while back, an acquaintance asked for images of the western end of Golden Gate Park so I put this on my list of future KAP targets. The future arrived in May 1997 when Charlie Benton and I made a late day Saturday trip to the park. There we encountered a stiff sea breeze (18-20 mph at ground level) and a low sun. The frequent summer fog was happily absent. I flew the Sutton 16 on 200 pound kiteline and later wished I'd chosen heavier line. The kite was pulling like a mule.
This page will contain general
views of the area while the next provides closer views of a west
end landmark -- the Dutch Windmill.
Views from the west end of Golden Gate park looking east (left, 25K jpg) and south (right, 24K jpg, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).
Gary Holloway says the west end of the park was once barren: "At the end of the Civil War, the city decides to build a great urban park here on what we call the outside lands; all this wasteland that was sand dunes. None of this vegetation was here." Led by the vision of William Hammond Hall, this "wasteland" was transformed into one of the most famous and beautiful urban parks in the world.
Golden Gate Park is pretty much what an urban park should be -- a respite from San Francisco's density, a natural foil to the surrounding urban fabric. The wooded terrain harbors many amusements for child and adult: a model yacht basin, archery range, lawn bowling, fly casting pools, stables, a tea garden, museums, an aquarium, polo field, soccer field, and so on.
Regrettably, the park is experiencing a number of political and financial setbacks. Recent storms toppled over 10% of the park's trees and a number of its features wear the heavy mantle of deferred maintenance. Perhaps the heaviest burden is the park's occupation by a large homeless community, a source of sanitary and social indignities.
Two shots of Ocean Beach as seen from above Golden Gate Park (18K jpg left and 26K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).
If you look closely at
the lefthand image you will see
blowing sand streaming from the ocean's edge across the road. It
was a strong wind and we had to be careful of sandblasting the
equipment when it was at ground level.
Oblique and plan views of the Dutch Windmill (49K jpg left and 50K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).
We had also come to
photograph the Dutch Windmill and selected our flying position
for views of this large structure. More images of the windmill
are on the next gallery page.
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