Above Sutro Tower

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    Sutro Tower, poking through the fog atop Twin Peaks, San Francisco, as photographed from a Cessna 172.

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    1. Telstar Logistics 95 months ago | reply

      Pachbel, Sutro Tower is deinitiely a polarizing element -- people seem to either love it or hate it.

      I'm a fan, personally -- I like how it acts as the retro-futuristic axis of the city, and when coupled with low fog (as above) it becomes sculptural. It also makes your broadcast TV and radio signals come in more clearly, but that's just a side-effect.

      It's just too bad they didn't build it with an observation deck. Can you imagine the views on a day like this one? It'd be like the Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, and Zermatt -- all in one. That was a missed opportunity.

    2. Troy McClure SF 95 months ago | reply

      I like the tower because it's more of a practical sign of the city than anything else. Coit Tower, the bridges, the ballpark- they're all beautiful, but unless you're coming from Marin, the first sign that you're home will be Sutro Tower.

    3. jonsorger 95 months ago | reply

      Glad we didn't hit it!

    4. travísimo 95 months ago | reply

      Great shot. I too am a Sutro fan.
      I have a friend and former coworker who's been up to the top and I hope to find a valid excuse someday to do so as well. Unfortunately an observation deck would almost certainly be impossible due to the exorbitant amount of RF being pumped out up there. Federal law prohibits public exposure to such levels.

    5. mikest 95 months ago | reply

      I love how when the fog floats up just underneath the cross beams it looks like a skeletal pirate ship.

    6. Telstar Logistics 95 months ago | reply

      Travis, well, at least that explains the no-deck configuration. Thanks!

    7. Automatt 95 months ago | reply

      Oh, that's freakin' awesome!!!

    8. classicsat 95 months ago | reply

      The CN Tower in Toronto manages to have a public observation deck, it being the main radio and television transmitting tower in Toronto. Perhaps Canadian law is different.

    9. travísimo 95 months ago | reply

      I think the CN Tower's observation area is sufficiently far below the antennae. I suppose a low- or mid-level observation deck might have worked at Sutro. It's just not as fun as being at the top! :)

    10. Troy McClure SF 95 months ago | reply

      Plus there's the whole massive-earthquake thing, and half the City thinks that adding HD antennae will be enough to topple the whole thing in a strong breeze.

    11. Telstar Logistics 95 months ago | reply

      Twin Peaks is the best place in the entire city to be during an earthquake -- 1200 feet of prime bedrock to cushion the ride.

      I'd settle for an observation deck at the bottom-most level of crossmembers visible in this photo; that'd still be high enough to stay above the fog while also getting a stellar vista.

    12. classicsat 95 months ago | reply

      There is numerous microwave antannae just below the observation deck on the CN tower, although they are pointing downish onto the city.

    13. travísimo 95 months ago | reply

      Those are fairly low-power, not to mention directional and high-frequency. It's the stuff that's in the megawatt (and even multi-kW) range that can be so restrictive, especially when it's omnidirectional and at sub-microwave frequencies which are more readily absorbed by human bodies.

      (Can you tell I'm a total dork? ;)

      BTW, I haven't been to Toronto but I have been wanting to visit someday. I'll definitely have to make the touristy pilgrimage up the CN Tower when I do!

    14. jonjmetz 92 months ago | reply

      Mt Sutro always makes me think of the Dark Tower of Mordor, at least at night when the fog rolls in. Wonderful photo.

      By day I work for a company that uses TV signals for positioning...we *like* Sutro.

    15. Nelson Chee 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called EARTH : The way you see it from high altitude, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    16. basedgod. 59 months ago | reply

      reminds me of the lord of the rings for some reason...

    17. Exploratorium Observatory 32 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called
      San Francisco - a sense of time, a sense of place
      , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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