Colorful San Francisco Salt Ponds

View of San Francisco Salt Pond From Hiking Trail

Closeup View of Salt Pond

View of Salt Ponds From Jet on Approach to San Francisco Airport

View of Salt Pond Patterns From Jet on Approach to San Francisco Airport

San Francisco is one of two places in the United States where salt is harvested naturally from ocean water.  It takes 5 years for the sun and wind to evaporate the water and crystallize the salt.  The color of the evaporating ponds varies from bright green to brilliant red, depending upon algae and salinity of the water.  The view of the salt ponds is spectacular!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to Colorful San Francisco Salt Ponds

  1. Elisa says:

    This is amazing, I’ve never heard of the Salt Ponds. I have two goals now for my next trip to San Franicisco; the first one is to finally walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, and the second is to keep my eye out for a view of the Salt Ponds!

    Thanks for another interesting post!

    elisa

    • Pam says:

      You almost always cross over the salt ponds on the approach to landing at SFO. Best to have a window seat on the left side of the plane as you look forward. Hopefully it won’t be too foggy that day. You will LOVE walking over the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ll post pictures of that later on. I didn’t do it for so long because we always enjoyed driving over the bridge, and when I finally did, it was awesome! You can see amazing art deco details that can never be seen otherwise. I’ll be happy to give you tips!

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