San Francisco, CA - USA
Sometimes I wonder how things got their names. With the Golden Gate Bridge, the name comes from the section of water that it spans, the Golden Gate Straight. And the straight got its name from the explorer and U.S. Army officer John C. Frémont, who named it after being inspired by its beauty in 1846. While reading about this I initially assumed that the golden name had something to do with the gold rush, but Frémont actually named it two years before gold was even discovered in California. What I can say now, reflecting back, is that the Golden Gate Straight's name didn't click for me until after I had watched a sunset from treasure island. Standing there as the sun set behind the distant hills and massive bridge, the sky lit up with brilliant gold across the sky, and I too was struck by the beauty of the moment. With Arcanum Photographer friends spread out to my right and left, in the silence of the moment (accompanied by the regular rhythm of shutter clicks of course), I think we all were let in to the experience that Frémont must have had when he was inspired to give this place its name. I hope this photo (though it does not truly compare) can let you into that experience a little as well!
GoldenGatesetSan FranciscoSony A7rThe ArcanumTrey USA