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Life Buoy On San Francisco Bay Ferry
Photograph - Outdoor Color Photo
Life Buoy on San Francisco Bay Ferry
A California coast color photograph by Connie Fox
Classic round life preserver in bright orange is designed to be a real lifesaver, and literally a lifeline, in an emergency. This ring-shaped type of life preserver is called a life buoy, designed to save a person from drowning by providing buoyancy in water. It hangs ready to be tossed into action on the San Francisco ferry Royal Star as we cross from the mainland to Sausalito.
Beyond the solid barrier of white iron are the waters of San Francisco Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. On the horizon: tiny boats, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and skyline of the city of San Francisco. The words on this image represent the name of the ferry, Royal Star, black on bright orange in a bold stamp typeface. Black ropes to tether the life ring to the ferry and its operators in an emergency crisscross this crucial nautical necessity in a neat, efficient way. They provide the lifeline that maintains contact with the life buoy and allows a person to grab the buoy and keep from drowning in these chilly waters.
Some might see, too, the irony of the city itself in need of a life preserver today as it deals with social issues in addition to the tourism that has helped keep it afloat and flourish as one of America’s great iconic landmarks.
Photographed using a Canon A630 PowerShot, outdoors with available daylight. Processed in Photoshop Elements in 2019 for an FAA contest. A white vignette frames this image in blues, white, orange, and black.
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Featured on the homepage of Seen But Not Noticed, May 2019. My thanks!
A Top Finisher in the Nautical Details contest, May 2019. Thanks to those who voted!
May 6th, 2019
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