CA -- San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge (North Side):
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GGBN_041103_14.JPG: People have lived on the shores of San Francisco Bay for over 7,000 years. Yet it has been only during the last century or so that we have substantially altered the bay ecosystem.
Beginning with the California Gold Rush of 1849, human activities have had major and often detrimental effects on the bay. By the time California's gold industry declined in the 1880's, nearly a cubic mile of silt and mining debris had been washed into the bay, clogging shipping channels and decimating the bay's fisheries. Increasing population around the bay created severe water quality problems from inadequate sewage treatment. At the same time, many of the bay's most productive areas -- its marshes and mudflats -- were dikes or filled to become salt ponds, garbage dumps, or industrial land. Less than 25% of these valuable wetlands remain in the bay today.
While human endeavors have often damaged the bay ecosystem, regional planning efforts are reversing some of the alarming trends of the past. Today, filling of the bay is carefully regulated. The bay's water quality is also improving as sewage systems are modernized. Finally, important tidal marshes are being restored to benefit the bay's fish and wildlife.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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