Construction 129 in the Fog-B&W

Zane Paxton

San Carlos, United States

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Marin Headlands, California

I like this both in color and B&W. From the Marin Headlands, north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, California. The fog adds to the mood of this abandoned military emplacement. The story goes that the Monterey Pines came from pine cone seeds that were stuck in the tire treads on supply trucks from the Monterey area when it was being built.

Some History:
Despite its imposing appearance, Battery Construction 129 was never used or completed. It was to be armed with two 16-inch guns mounted. Each gun with its carriage weighed over 1-million pounds and could accurately fire a 2,100 pound shell a distance of 27 miles. This fortification was to have been the highest battery in the San Francisco Bay area.

Construction began in 1942. The two guns were to be mounted in the face of the hill, tunneled out to retain a natural appearance and to provide protection from air attack. However, all the work was stopped in 1944, shortly after its guns arrived for mounting. The Army had found that weapons like those at this and similar batteries wounldn’t be effective against attacks by aircraft. As a reult the fortification was abandoned

Construction 129 is only a project number. The battery was never officaly named or manned.

Nikon D2x, 17-35mm AFS f/2.8
0.3s @ f/11 -0.33 EV
A 4 shot panorama stitched in PTGUI 8.0 (Loads of detail, it will print very large).

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