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San Diego deserted as the US Mercy sails out of the bay.
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Mar 24, 2020 21:21:50   #
DanielB Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit and take a walk...with my gear in tow of course. I had a feeling that this would give me some unique perspectives on the affect that Covid-19 was placing on the community and I wasn't wrong.
I decided that a trip to downtown San Diego was the best place to go to get a true perspective on things so I drove downtown with ease - no traffic at all. As I pulled into the city and cut over to Broadway I was amazed that there were very few pedestrians out and only a few cars here and there. Usually this would be bumper to bumper with thousands of people everywhere at this time of day.
You see pictures of Broadway as I drove down towards the warf - empty. Then photo's of Sea Port Village and the boardwalk - empty. Restaurants that would normally be full with patrons - empty. I will never see this city like this again in my lifetime...at least I hope not. I find that strange to say because at the same time I find it incredibly peaceful with none of the claustrophobic trappings I normally feel in the city.
The sky is clear of the normal pollution that is seen on any given day normally. Even the Seals seemed to be enjoying themselves more.

I happened to park right across from a guy that I struck up a conversation with and he said he was going out to one of the piers to see off the US Hospital ship Mercy which his wife was serving on as a nurse. I immediately thought what an opportunity this would be for me to shoot this ship as it sailed out of the bay to support efforts against the Covid virus.
I was stunned as the ship whet by blowing it's horn with almost no fanfare. Only the 15 or so family members holding up flags and signs as there loved ones sailed by. I don't think that any news agencies covered it that evening either. I find this a sad statement and a total lack of respect from news agencies towards our military hero's.
I decided to setup a gallery for these families so they would have some photos of the event - that was the least I could do as I know what they go through. My son is in the coast guard and he is a patriot through and through and I miss him every day.


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Mar 24, 2020 21:34:42   #
Darren01 Loc: Fallbrook California
 
Everybody is SCARED...!!! And the ship is supposed to be low-key BTW. #9 has my favorite calamari.... Nice photos! Enjoy the non traffic!

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Mar 24, 2020 21:42:05   #
Darren01 Loc: Fallbrook California
 
Hell, they just shut down everything here.... Parks, trails, city(town) parking lots, and the beach. I live a bit north in Fallbrook watching the stupidity.! Don't get started on the Democratic government...

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Mar 24, 2020 21:47:18   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful tour!

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Mar 25, 2020 00:25:58   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
DanielB wrote:
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit and take a walk...with my gear in tow of course. I had a feeling that this would give me some unique perspectives on the affect that Covid-19 was placing on the community and I wasn't wrong.
I decided that a trip to downtown San Diego was the best place to go to get a true perspective on things so I drove downtown with ease - no traffic at all. As I pulled into the city and cut over to Broadway I was amazed that there were very few pedestrians out and only a few cars here and there. Usually this would be bumper to bumper with thousands of people everywhere at this time of day.
You see pictures of Broadway as I drove down towards the warf - empty. Then photo's of Sea Port Village and the boardwalk - empty. Restaurants that would normally be full with patrons - empty. I will never see this city like this again in my lifetime...at least I hope not. I find that strange to say because at the same time I find it incredibly peaceful with none of the claustrophobic trappings I normally feel in the city.
The sky is clear of the normal pollution that is seen on any given day normally. Even the Seals seemed to be enjoying themselves more.

I happened to park right across from a guy that I struck up a conversation with and he said he was going out to one of the piers to see off the US Hospital ship Mercy which his wife was serving on as a nurse. I immediately thought what an opportunity this would be for me to shoot this ship as it sailed out of the bay to support efforts against the Covid virus.
I was stunned as the ship whet by blowing it's horn with almost no fanfare. Only the 15 or so family members holding up flags and signs as there loved ones sailed by. I don't think that any news agencies covered it that evening either. I find this a sad statement and a total lack of respect from news agencies towards our military hero's.
I decided to setup a gallery for these families so they would have some photos of the event - that was the least I could do as I know what they go through. My son is in the coast guard and he is a patriot through and through and I miss him every day.
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit... (show quote)


Best of health to your wife. USS Comfort is for New Your harbor and I read that USS Mercy is bound to LA harbor. Since they are set up to handle battle casualties they will use helicopters etc to gather the trauma patients from a very large area and leave the regular hospital's resources free to concentrate on covid-19 and other illnesses.

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Mar 25, 2020 06:30:07   #
talborough Loc: Bellingham, MA, USA
 
Thank you for both your words and your photos. It is a momentous occasion.

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Mar 25, 2020 08:13:38   #
ltatko
 
Fav calamari-------

Fried just right, to be tender and full of flavor!! Not many Food Joints get it right.

Len

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Mar 25, 2020 08:19:11   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Nice photos.

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Mar 25, 2020 08:34:05   #
Dr J Loc: NE Florida
 
Our world has changed…. like watching a movie. Thanks for posting.

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Mar 25, 2020 09:07:27   #
sr71 Loc: In Col. Juan Seguin Land
 
Thank your son for his service, from a retired RM1 U.S.C.G. Semper Paratus hope he makes it a career.

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Mar 25, 2020 09:08:11   #
davidrb Loc: Hangar i13
 
DanielB wrote:
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit and take a walk...with my gear in tow of course. I had a feeling that this would give me some unique perspectives on the affect that Covid-19 was placing on the community and I wasn't wrong.
I decided that a trip to downtown San Diego was the best place to go to get a true perspective on things so I drove downtown with ease - no traffic at all. As I pulled into the city and cut over to Broadway I was amazed that there were very few pedestrians out and only a few cars here and there. Usually this would be bumper to bumper with thousands of people everywhere at this time of day.
You see pictures of Broadway as I drove down towards the warf - empty. Then photo's of Sea Port Village and the boardwalk - empty. Restaurants that would normally be full with patrons - empty. I will never see this city like this again in my lifetime...at least I hope not. I find that strange to say because at the same time I find it incredibly peaceful with none of the claustrophobic trappings I normally feel in the city.
The sky is clear of the normal pollution that is seen on any given day normally. Even the Seals seemed to be enjoying themselves more.

I happened to park right across from a guy that I struck up a conversation with and he said he was going out to one of the piers to see off the US Hospital ship Mercy which his wife was serving on as a nurse. I immediately thought what an opportunity this would be for me to shoot this ship as it sailed out of the bay to support efforts against the Covid virus.
I was stunned as the ship whet by blowing it's horn with almost no fanfare. Only the 15 or so family members holding up flags and signs as there loved ones sailed by. I don't think that any news agencies covered it that evening either. I find this a sad statement and a total lack of respect from news agencies towards our military hero's.
I decided to setup a gallery for these families so they would have some photos of the event - that was the least I could do as I know what they go through. My son is in the coast guard and he is a patriot through and through and I miss him every day.
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit... (show quote)


The media people you mention see only themselves as heroes. Those heroes find no public affection when they show a boat churning through the water. If they cannot shove a microphone in front of it they have no interest. Aren't they pretty, though?

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Mar 25, 2020 11:48:33   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Very good series, Daniel.

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Mar 25, 2020 12:38:46   #
Hereford Loc: Palm Coast, FL
 
Your photos tell quite a story of a city in nearly total shutdown. Sad the lack of news coverage on sailing of the Mercy. The fake media should have been all over the sailing of a 1000 bed hospital ship going to help with the corona virus.

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Mar 25, 2020 13:34:44   #
sandiegosteve Loc: San Diego, CA
 
Erie times. Around me it is the same, but with police cars driving on the boardwalk. It took a while to get here, and I hope it stays civil.

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Mar 25, 2020 14:18:39   #
One Rude Dawg Loc: Athol, ID
 
DanielB wrote:
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit and take a walk...with my gear in tow of course. I had a feeling that this would give me some unique perspectives on the affect that Covid-19 was placing on the community and I wasn't wrong.
I decided that a trip to downtown San Diego was the best place to go to get a true perspective on things so I drove downtown with ease - no traffic at all. As I pulled into the city and cut over to Broadway I was amazed that there were very few pedestrians out and only a few cars here and there. Usually this would be bumper to bumper with thousands of people everywhere at this time of day.
You see pictures of Broadway as I drove down towards the warf - empty. Then photo's of Sea Port Village and the boardwalk - empty. Restaurants that would normally be full with patrons - empty. I will never see this city like this again in my lifetime...at least I hope not. I find that strange to say because at the same time I find it incredibly peaceful with none of the claustrophobic trappings I normally feel in the city.
The sky is clear of the normal pollution that is seen on any given day normally. Even the Seals seemed to be enjoying themselves more.

I happened to park right across from a guy that I struck up a conversation with and he said he was going out to one of the piers to see off the US Hospital ship Mercy which his wife was serving on as a nurse. I immediately thought what an opportunity this would be for me to shoot this ship as it sailed out of the bay to support efforts against the Covid virus.
I was stunned as the ship whet by blowing it's horn with almost no fanfare. Only the 15 or so family members holding up flags and signs as there loved ones sailed by. I don't think that any news agencies covered it that evening either. I find this a sad statement and a total lack of respect from news agencies towards our military hero's.
I decided to setup a gallery for these families so they would have some photos of the event - that was the least I could do as I know what they go through. My son is in the coast guard and he is a patriot through and through and I miss him every day.
Monday I decided to get out of the house for a bit... (show quote)




I remember S.D. back in '67, it was a really neat place, a lot smaller then than now I would guess. That was when you had to take the ferry over to Coronado, they didn't have the bridge. N.T.C. was huge, I guess that is all gone now. I spent a month in a barracks right at the end of the runway, there was a huge rack of airport landing lights in the yard right next to us. Took awhile to get used to the noise. I came back in '69, left in '71. Have not been back. S.D. was one of my all time favorite places I have ever been. Nice historical photos.

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