ODE TO ORANGE

The Golden Gate Bridge is 3/4ths of a century old this weekend.  We photographed these wonderfully orange flowers around Kezar Gardens Ecology Center in honor of our most fashionable local bridge.  Most people don’t know that the bridge was not originally supposed to turn out quite the color it did.  Any trivia buff or San Francisco resident can probably tell you the official color of the Golden Gate Bridge is hardly golden, rather a unique and bright concoction titled ‘International Orange’.  But a true historian reminds us that, in fact, the idea of being ‘Golden’ was considered, floated by the Navy at the time.  They wanted the bridge painted golden yellow and black stripes for increased visibility.  Can you just imagine?