Farallon wilderness in the blue seas

This photo was taken from an aircraft leaving the continent; one can clearly see buildings on this island 27 miles or 40 km off the coast of San Francisco. The Spanish called it aptly "Los Farallones" or "Barren Rocks." Southeast Farallon Islands are now part of a nature reserve, and belong to the City and County of San Francisco.

 

The Farallons were exploited as harvesting grounds for seabird eggs during the times of the goldrush–there weren't enough chicken in The City to satisfy the demand for eggs!

 

A native American tribe, the Ohlones, believed that their dead would voyage to these islands lying at the end of their world; from a large shell-mound at Lands End they were able to spot the Farallones on the horizon during clear days...

 

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