Sea Lions, Pier 39, San Francisco

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Californian Sea Lions enjoy the sun at the Sea Lion’s Rock next to Pier 39 in San Francsico, California. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Right next to Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf you will find the Sea Lion Rocks of San Francisco. Nobody knows exactly why they are here, but they seem to like it. Despite being loud and rather smelly they do look wonderful, don’t you think?

This photo illustrates once more how an area can change. The beautiful lighthouse in the background is the Pier 41 Lighthouse – or so I thought. Turns out it’s Forbes Island, a 700-ton barge featuring a 40-ft lighthouse, a dozen palms and a tiny sandy beach. Wikipedia has the full story. Wow.

The high resolution image

Capture Date03-SEP-2003
LocationSan Francisco, California
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2442 x 3802 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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