San Andreas Fault

Last week a very nice lady who was visiting from Germany asked me for directions to the San Andreas Fault.  I’m always a bit hesitant when asked this question.  The San Andreas Fault is world famous as the source of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is readily apparent when viewed from the air.  However from ground level it isn’t too impressive.  In fact it wasn’t even discovered until the end of the 19th century, a full two generations after California had become a state. 

But for those of you who still want to see it, well here it is.  This is the Crystal Springs Reservoir located in a rift valley created by the fault.  I’m facing towards the south so the land to the left of the reservoir is resting on the North American Tectonic Plate and the land to the right is supported by the Pacific Plate.  By some definitions when you cross the fault you’re traveling from one continent to another. 

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: LEICA X2
  • Taken: May 24, 2016
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
    San Andreas Fault