Friday, December 30, 2011

alcatraz don't sound so bad, at least they have a hell of a fine merlot

i've been dying for a reason to use the lyrics from "save me, san francisco" as a blog post title. its one of my favorite train songs, and well, i do live in the bay area, how can i not love it?! even more exciting, i not only have one reason now, i have two. the first reason is alcatraz, the second.. well you'll just have to wait and see (meaning, when i can function properly again), but i promise you there will be lots of pink.

Alcatraz Island is an island located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States.[1] Often referred to as "The Rock" or simply "Traz", the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963.[2] Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of American Indians from San Francisco, who were part of a wave of Indian activism across the nation, with public protests through the 1970s. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
you can read more about alcatraz here (and i highly recommend you do, alcatraz seriously has one of the most interesting backgrounds)

this is probably my third or fourth trip to alcatraz, which is more than what some native bay areans can say. i've been fortunate enough to come up here during several different times of my life, and i really love it every time i do. i think my appreciation for the island grows with each visit. there's such a huge contrast between the beauty of the bay outside and the harsh coldness inside.

even though i've been to alcatraz a few times now, this is the first time i ventured out from the prison and explored the surrounding area. this is also the first time i've ever gone to it in the middle of winter. and it was cold. seriously cold. i will admit this was one of my less fashionable days.

there was even an beanie involved.

see, this is me. and i'm cold. there's a scarf, a beanie, and fleece gloves. oh, and i'm also wearing sweater tights underneath my jeans, and then socks on top of that. i promise you that there was a really cute sweater underneath my north face midori jacket, but unfortunately, it never saw the light of day.

this jacket is special. its freaking warm, and it doesn't make me look completely like a marshmallow, unlike this one. it is also my white flag. me giving up my so cal roots and trading it in for a north face jacket. well, ok, not completly. its not a traditional kind of jacket you normally see everyone in the bay wearing - meaning, its not really practical for outdoor use since its "fashionable" and has that motocycle edge to it.

i got a new camera for christmas (<3 bf) in addition to a new phone (yeah, i'm seriously spoiledface this year). isn't it so pretty?

yes, thats right, its a canon powershot s95 >.< so spoiled. it also means that the quality of this blog is going to go up right? (um, sure). what it actually means is bf has now created an even bigger photography monster. this thing is pretty amazing. it very much has a what you see is what you get kind of result. i'm still learning how to use it, but it was so perfect for alcatraz!

this picture ended up being my favorite (especially considering the camera was dying when i took it). it came out exactly as i wanted it to, without having to tweek in photoshop. the rest i still had to edit, although a lot less than i usually do. i'm hoping once i get a good grasp of the camera's functions, no editing will be required! i'll still use the d60 for most of my outfit shots, but this is great carry around - it hasn't left my purse since i got it.

enjoy the rest of the photobomb and have a happy friday!!

photos by me and kloo
save me, san francisco - train


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