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When you break the rules you go to prison, when you break the rules in prison, you go to Alcatraz.

The first thing Gary and I did was visit Alcatraz. Although we would have loved to have gone on the night tours,
they were booked until the next week. We were only going to be in San Francisco for that week.

View of Alcatraz from Pier 39.

A closer view. Alcatraz is approx 1.5 miles from San Francisco.

On the boat.

Approaching "The Rock".

Alcatraz "served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison,
and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972,
Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received landmarking designations in 1976 and 1986."
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island

Cool pic.

Where uniforms were issued.

Playing with the focus.

Block A.

Blocks B and C.

Corner shot.

When you break the rules in Alcatraz...

...you go to cell block D.

When you break the rules in cell block D...

...you go to solitary confinement.

An etching I found in solitary confinement cell block 12-D.

Etchings from shrapnel from the grenades during the Battle of Alcatraz.

One of the numerous escape attempts.

Library windows.

Break room for the guards.

The four wardens.

Administration building window.

Inside the administration building.

The ranger demonstrating the opening and closing of hundreds of cells.

The most dangerous room in Alcatraz. The dining room.

The dining room floor.

Alcatraz is approx 1.5 miles from San Francisco.

San Francisco skyline.

I felt that not being able to do the night tours was for the best.
When Gary and I went inside the solitary confinement cells
(which nobody else did, but was optional to those who wanted to go in),
we sensed a disorienting paranormal energy.
We didn't realize that the cells we went into were supposedly haunted,
but I do believe that there was something in there that was so miserable.

This picture absolutely terrifies me...WAH. :(

Therefore, I am sooo glad that we did not go at night.
I get scared very easily.

(3 for the record | pls tell me k thx.)


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Date:03.10.10 (UTC)
Another brilliant collection. I visited Alcatraz during a touring holiday of the South Western USA back in 1987. I so wish that digital photography was as advanced as it is today as the only thing holding me back from taking more pictures on The Rock or anywhere else during the tour was cost.
Your shots in the old prison brought it all back as if I was standing right there again. Please may I add you as to keep up with your further adventures and to learn some of your brilliant composition?
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Date:03.10.10 (UTC)
of course! thank you so much for the kind words. and yea, photography has really changed and it keeps on changing (which makes it exciting). thank you again for the kind words. this journal is my little time capsule because life offers so many wonderful experiences for us to cherish. this is just my little way to hold on to those wonderful memories (they are extra helpful when i'm having an especially crappy day).

thank you again. :)
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Date:03.11.10 (UTC)
yep, my imagination gets the best of me sometimes. :) and thanks for the kind words! glad you enjoyed the post!

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