A Photo For Friday




San Francisco, CA

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. al-Ameda says:

    Ah … that’s my bridge … (well, me and a billion others, right?)

    Black and white definitely captures the all the lines and the curves. A little more contrast and this picture would have been really good.

    I like the Friday photo feature, please keep it going, it’s a nice break in the action.

  2. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @al-Ameda: On both this picture and last week’s, my first thought was–wow! the smog must be terrible there.

  3. @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: There was some haze, but I did not think it smoggy–it struck me most as typical coastal stuff.


  4. @al-Ameda: Thanks.

  5. michael reynolds says:

    I never get tired of the GG. Sometimes I park my car up on the headlands and work while looking down at it. One of my favorite things is driving across with the top down on my car, especially cool when the fog is rolling through, re-sculpting it.

  6. @michael reynolds: I had never been to SF before and so had never seen the bridge in person. It far exceeded my expectations.

  7. michael reynolds says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    I see about two inches of it from my deck, the very tops of the uprights. But the headlands views can be amazing. (There are half a dozen pull-outs, the lower ones often quite jammed with cars.)

    It’s the marriage of bridge and fog that blows me away sometimes. I’ve been up on the headlands when the fog is so thick you literally cannot see the bridge, not even a hint despite it being this vast, orange thing. Then the fog will start to clear, and you’ll get a curve here and a straight line there. And then, all at once the fog will withdraw almost entirely doing a big reveal of the bridge with perhaps a container ship powering beneath it and you think, “Oh, OK, that’s why I pay to live here.”

    Some things really are as cool in person as they are in carefully-framed shots. And as a side note, did you catch the subtle snobbery of San Francisco where you only pay a toll to get into the city, leaving is free.

  8. @michael reynolds: I would love to see the fog at some point–and yes, funny about the toll.