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Cabrillo National Monument

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 September 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Cabrillo National Monument is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States. On October 14, 1913, by presidential proclamation, Woodrow Wilson reserved 0.5 acres of Fort Rosecrans for "The Order of Panama ... to construct a heroic statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo." By 1926 no statue had been placed and the Order of Panama was defunct, so Calvin Coolidge authorized the Native Sons of the Golden West to erect a suitable monument. The heroic statue of Cabrillo, looking out over the bay, was executed by sculptor Alvaro de Bree for the Portuguese Government in 1939, who then donated it to the United States. The limestone monument is 14 feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds.

Photo captured August 15, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/9.0 ISO 100 25 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I like how the participants here are back-to-back . . looking in different directions, seeing a different Future.

24 Sep 2012 7:24am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A remarkable work of art, these sculptors were masters of their craft. Love the vibrant colours.

24 Sep 2012 8:00am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful, with couple behind !

24 Sep 2012 11:27am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent work.. lovely details

24 Sep 2012 2:06pm

franz from Baden, Austria

handsome treatment, excellent presentation !

24 Sep 2012 3:55pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful colors & lights!

24 Sep 2012 6:17pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

What a striking monument for the event that took place in 1542; that is a long, long time ago.

24 Sep 2012 7:01pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful scene and view ~ lovely moment captured with the couple and really beautiful colors!

24 Sep 2012 7:12pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very good shot

24 Sep 2012 8:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUch clarity and color. I like the texture of the statue. Beautiful image.

24 Sep 2012 9:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite composition and processing

24 Sep 2012 10:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This statue looks beautiful against the blue sky and the ocean! Gorgeous composition.

24 Sep 2012 11:13pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I don't know how I missed this one today when making my rounds, but it sure is a great shot filled with vibrant color and super clear. That is a beautiful monument !

24 Sep 2012 11:24pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada


24 Sep 2012 11:38pm

Harry from Apex NC, United States

Great sky and wonderful detai.

25 Sep 2012 12:05am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I remember seeing this. Nice monument. BTW - did you see any gray whales swim by?

25 Sep 2012 1:39am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a statue and a gorgeous shot, Steven. He looks like some type of superhero standing there and keeping wach.

25 Sep 2012 1:39am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

You have captured a gorgeous view. I also like the blue blue background here so much. The statue stands out beautifully and those two human beings add the beauty of your scene.

I missed your beautiful shots Steven. Welcome back

25 Sep 2012 3:23am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful photo wtth the sculpture and wonderful sky.

25 Sep 2012 3:27am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a wonderful shot. All that blue sure makes the statue stand out.

25 Sep 2012 4:59am

VISU...ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice composition

25 Sep 2012 10:49am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great contrast against this wonderful sky.

26 Sep 2012 9:02am