After talking with my best friend by phone today I decided to mix two posts into one. Its rather fitting considering recent developments. My best friend lives in Houston, Texas and in our discussion he had not heard about the November 7 oil spill here in San Francisco. Likely because I live here I was shocked that news of the event hadn’t reached my friend who is also a native Californian. The oil spill is devastating wildlife, the landscape, and the livelihood of people up and down the coast. One area hit rather hard is Rodeo Beach where many shorebirds have been hurt and even killed by the oil. As you can imagine the prospect of oil coating the coast and wildlife that call this area home is quite disturbing.
Below is my last image/memory of Rodeo Beach before the oil spill, followed by a few photos taken around San Francisco after the oil spill.
Rodeo Beach Sunset
The road to Fort Point closed due to the oil spill
The trail to Baker Beach closed due to the oil spill
while shipping traffic continues as normal
Bunker fuel floats in the San Francisco bay near Fort Point
with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
More San Francisco Oil Spill photos can be viewed with in my Photo Archive…
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Your best friend lives in Houston? *I* live in Houston!
I finally saw a story this morning on the local news about the oil spill and then again on Good Morning America. It seems like the news is just coming out the last few days. I’m surprised to see that it happened on November 7th. That was a long time ago.
I live in Morro Bay (4 hrs south of you) and 5 out of the 7 people I mentioned the story to today had not heard of it!
Great photos BTW!
@laanba yeah it would seem word isn’t spreading too quickly about the incident. I’m not sure why its getting drowned out. Perhaps it wasn’t big enough. From a wildlife perspective its pretty devastating. Fortunately its not spawning season for the fish. At the moment birds and top feeders are going to feel the bulk of the impact. I also heard that the Mayor of SF during this whole thing left for his vacation to Hawaii. I have to look that one up. If true I’ll be writing a letter. People just don’t get it.
@John sad. Is it that the spill is just too small or are other stories drowing it out? Perhaps people are just tuned out and apathetic. Glad you liked the photos… I much prefer oil free seascapes and landscapes. Hopefully these photos will help raise awareness.
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