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Fisherman’s Wharf; More Than Just a Tourist Attraction

Fisherman's Wharf copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco houses things like the shopping area on Pier 39 and the famed Ghirardeli Chocolate Complex. Pier 39 is lined with tour kiosks, trinket sellers and restaurants which are mostly in the style of “fast food.” However, you only need to wander a bit on either side of Pier 39 to find some much more interesting areas; especially for photographers. There are of course, the obligatory Seals which have taken over a portion of Pier 39 which was once commercial fishing moorings. They offer a raucous form of entertainment in the mornings.

Seals, Pier 39; Fisherman's Wharf copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Immediately to the East of the tourist area of Pier 39 is the Fisherman’s Wharf Sailboat Harbor. On a clear, calm morning, the sailboats and their masts make a wonderfully colorful reflection photograph.

Fisherman's Wharf Sailboat Marina copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Just west of the main tourist area, the U.S. Navy has permanently moored the Jeremiah Obrien and the USS Pampanitoa. The morning sun lights them nicely.

Military Ships; Fisherman's Wharf copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Still further west near the edge of the tourist area, the commercial fishing boats are moored. They create a more rustic but just as colorful early morning photographic opportunity showing working fishing boats. The Street which skirts San Francisco Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf back around to the Ferry Terminal near the San Francisco Bay Bridge is known as the Embarcadero. I spent 4 mornings wandering along this street and still didn’t photograph everything that was there to see.

Fisherman's Wharf copyright 2011 Andy Richards


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