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Legion of Honor

I just got back from two weeks of exhausting travel through China and I am pretty sure that I am REM-ing as I type this with one eye open and the other shut ... and drooping a little ...

I took this picture of San Francisco's Legion of Honor a few weeks ago during a late-night photo run with a friend. This fine art museum is situated on a fantastic vista point overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. On a good day you can see the sailboats dotting the water through the treeline. On a bad day you just stand there hugging yourself in the cold, staring at a fog bank.

We spent a while there freezing our butts off and trying to squeeze through the security gates in vain. The clouds had a cool wispy look from the wind and there was a single blue star in the top of the frame. The lights caused a bit of lens flare but I liked the effect so I left it in there. Just inside the gate is a large courtyard housing a replica of Rodin's "The Thinker". The guy is the epitome of concentration because he is sitting butt naked in good old San Francisco weather in the middle of the night without even flinching. I sure hope he figures out what he is trying to solve so he can put on his clothes and get home before his wife wonders where he has been. Hmm ... how did he manage to squeeze through the security gate to get inside?

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