Jan 20, 2017

Angel Island in San Francisco Bay

Sometimes referred to as "the Ellis Island of the West", Angel Island in San Francisco Bay has been used for a number of purposes, including immigration, a public health quarantine, and military forts. Offering stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding bay area, Angel Island is more widely known today as a destination for outdoor activities and sightseeing. 

Angel Island San Francisco BayAngel Island can be reached by ferry from downtown San Francisco, California. We bought tickets in advance and took the ferry from Alcatraz Island after exploring the iconic prison that morning. Our visit to Angel Island was nothing short of a whirlwind. We hopped onto a tram only to have it breakdown on the other side of the island. Despite the welcome excuse to do a bit more exploring, we then found ourselves rushing back to catch our ferry.

In contrast to other attractions around San Francisco, Angel Island is a lot more relaxed. You can rent bikes, hike, and even camp out overnight. At the end of the day, it's the spectacular views from Angel Island that make visiting such a worthwhile endeavor. 

Angel Island San Francisco Bay
Angel Island San Francisco Bay



Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Abandoned military hospital on Angel Island.

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

A poster of what you're missing in case of fog.

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay
Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Downtown San Francisco, California

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Alcatraz Island

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Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay


Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay
The Golden Gate Bridge

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay

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Angel Island San Francisco Bay

San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge
Angel Island San Francisco Bay
Angel Island San Francisco Bay




Angel Island San Francisco Bay
Angel Island San Francisco Bay


Angel Island San Francisco Bay

Angel Island San Francisco Bay


Jan 19, 2017

Exploring Downtown Calgary, Alberta

As one of the largest cities in Canada, the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta offers a lot in terms of distinctive and original places to explore. From the iconic Calgary Tower to a skyline featuring some of the tallest buildings outside of Toronto, Calgary is a beautiful and bustling community that will have you seeing something new with each visit.

Downtown Calgary Alberta




From modern architectural marvels to classic sandstone structures, there's a fascinating mix of old and new here (see my archival ghosting images for more examples). In many ways Calgary is still discovering its identity, which lends itself to bold design choices, large public art displays, and change - lots of change. I set out to capture some of Calgary's evolving character in this series of downtown images. More to come in Part 2 and Part 3.  

Also, explore more of downtown Calgary, Alberta's unique landmarks in these posts: City Hall | Calgary TowerOlympic Plaza | Ghosting Downtown CalgaryStephen Avenue | The Bow Tower | Lougheed House | Peace Bridge | Fort Calgary 

Downtown Calgary Alberta


Downtown Calgary Alberta



Downtown Calgary Alberta


Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta


Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta


Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta



Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta
Downtown Calgary Alberta

Downtown Calgary Alberta