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Standing in the "yard" at Alcatraz looking up at the water tower on the south of the island.

This is the exercise yard at Alcatraz prison with the rusty water tower in the back. The screen setup against the back wall is a backstop for a baseball diamond.

An out building on Alcatraz Prison in the San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz Island recedes in the distance of San Francisco Bay as seen from the deck of the excursion boat Alcatraz Flyer.

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The lighthouse is the highest point on Alcatraz island looking out on the San Francisco Bay.

The ligihthouse on top of the Rock, Alcatraz Federal Prison in the San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

The sun shining through the trees of Alcatraz.


This was during a visit with Vee last year. I managed to get hundreds of photos, but just never got around to the editing and uploading process. Ahh well - always nice to have an archive of photos to dig through!


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Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA



Info en español, Alcatraz


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Ilha de Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA, US.


Uma ilha na Baía de San Francisco,

Alcatraz foi uma base militar de 1850 a 1930. Posteriormente, foi adquirida pelo Departamento de Justiça dos Estados Unidos, em 12 de Outubro de 1933, quando sofreu a conversão. Em 1 de Janeiro de 1934, foi re-inaugurada como uma Prisão Federal. Durante seus 29 anos de existência, a prisão alojou alguns dos maiores criminosos norte-americanos, como Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (o Birdman of Alcatraz), Alvin Karpis e Frank Morris. A prisão foi fechada em 21 de Março de 1963.

we took the night tour on Alcatraz Island on the first night in San Francisco ... there were alot of people there .... 200 or 300 .... anyway .... our tour guide was very happy that she had just gotten this new camera (she was telling us all about it..on the tour ) .. and she was taking pictures just like us tourists were ....and finbarr had beeing chatting to her periodically through the night about anything really ... and i was busying taking pictures so i didn't care what he did ...


to make a long story short ..... she really liked my camera .... said i have "one of those cool professional looking cameras" and " the real deal" .... so after a few minutes of talking to us about the camera...... she looked left....she looked right ...and she leaned into us and said " do you guys wanna go on the second floor?"


i believe my reply was something along the lines of "Oh shit YEAH!"


she snuck us up the stairs ... and told me to have fun ... i took a few shots upstairs ..but i was mostly in awe of the place ... its just so quiet when everyone leaves .... we were the last ones to leave the building ...


but funny thing is ... there was another group of people with a "real deal" camera ... a nikon .... (boo hiss to the other team ! hehe jk) anyway ... they saw us up on the second floor .... and the look of lost puppies was distributed amongst their faces ... to which the 3 of us looked down at them ..... looking up at us .... and the tour guide goes ..... "you wanna come up to do ya" and one of them in the group goes ..............very sheepishly "...................yes please......."


it was brilliant ..... a total of 7 people on the second floor ... of alcatraz .......


we were all very happy


and our tour guide...... ROCKED!


take the night tour was awesome.

they have started getting the cell doors to work ... so we got to hear what it was like to shut all the door of alcatraz at once ......... totally ROCKED !


Made Explore ! Jan 2009

We took an evening tour of Alcatraz, which I admit was a bit spooky. Here's a view looking down a hill, and I believe that's Angel Island in the distance.


Alcatraz from Crissy Field, Lee Big Stopper

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA

Agfa Isoly with flipped Holga lens

POR FAVOR, no dejes multi-invitaciones a grupos!!

PLEASE, do not leave multiple invitations to groups

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Cámara: Nikon D60

Exposición: 0,002 sec (1/640)

Aperture: f/5.6

Lente: 55 mm

Velocidad ISO: 100


Un Vistazo a la Galeria

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. Often referred to as "The Rock", the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.


During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda (a member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party who attacked the United States Capitol building in 1954),Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate).


The penitentiary claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped. .The most violent occurred on May 2, 1946, when a failed escape attempt by six prisoners led to the Battle of Alcatraz. On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin carried out one of the most intricate escapes ever devised.


Most of us must have watched the famous movie" Escape from Alcatraz" starring Clint Eastwood.


Reports of the supernatural at Alcatraz Island date back to the 1400s. After it became a federal penitentiary in 1934, claims of hauntings and other phenomena only increased, and continue to this day.


Today, these spirits that continue to lurk in the shadows of the often fog-enshrouded island have been heard, seen and felt by both the staff and many visitors to Alcatraz. The sounds of men’s voices, screams, whistles, clanging metal doors and terrifying screams are said to be heard within these historic walls, especially near the dungeon.

Early morning long exposure of Alcatraz Island shot from Pier 39.

The sunset from Alcatraz was spectacular this evening.


The morning sun lights Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay, as seen from the beach at the city’s Crissy Field.





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Historic vehicle on Alcatraz Island.

The visit to Alcatraz was great. The audio-guide tells you everything about history, scapes, gangsters etc...


Really great place!


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