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Pulgas Water Temple – The End of Hetch Hetchy


Yesterday, my photo buddy Doug Kaye and I walked the gardens of Filoli and then made the short drive north on Canãda Road to the San Francisco Water Department’s Pulgas Water Temple. The site is only open on weekdays – so this Friday morning was a perfect time to stop. There were a couple of other photographers there – seemed like one doing a model shoot and another doing an engagement shoot.

This image was shot with my Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS L lens. With my back flat against one of the columns and my lens at 24mm, I took the shot straight up. It was post-processed in Lightroom and converted to monochrome using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. I then did a final tweak to it on my iPad using Nik’s Snapseed. I also wrote this post and uploaded the image exclusively using my iPad. Here are some earlier shots I took at Pulgas a couple of years ago – over on my Flickr site.

From Wikipedia:

The Pulgas Water Temple is a stone structure in Woodside, California, USA, designed by architect William G. Merchant. It was erected by the San Francisco Water Department to commemorate the 1934 completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct and is located at the aqueduct’s terminus. In 1938, the original water temple was replaced with the current design.

The water temple consists of fluted columns arranged in a circle, upon which a large stone masonry ring with the words “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people” [from Isaiah 43:20] are inscribed. There is a large, tree-lined reflecting pool to the east.