National Geographic : 1966 May
the glitter of a stately city at night high above San Francisco Bay. I began my tour at Big Sur, still in the southern half of the state but scenically the beginning of nature's north. Big Sur has become famous both for its dramatic con frontation with the sea and for the artists and writers who are drawn to its natural beauty (pages 650-53). I saw it first on a day when fog wrapped the great headlands in gauze, smoothing the rough contours of the coast. At least one of Big Sur's residents, the noted architect Nathaniel Owings, believes such uncluttered beauty holds the key to California's future. "Our problem is people," he told me when I called on him. "Not just thousands or even millions of people, but tens of millions. California's population is expected to triple by the end of the century, and our cars even now are increasing at something like a thousand a day. :HROMESBY JONATHANS. BLAIR (BELOW) AND TED MAHIEU© N.G.S. CALIFORNIA PART II Nature's North By WILLIAM GRAVES Photographs by JAMES P. BLAIR and JONATHAN S. BLAIR Beloved city by the bay, San Francisco dons her nighttime glitter beneath a tawny sunset sky. Double decks of the majestic Bay Bridge carry spangled streams of auto lights. The vibrant city of St. Francis blends gold-rush gusto and Nob Hill sophistication, whistle of ships and clank of cable cars (above). Queen of northern California, she reigns over a domain of farmland and forest, pleas ant towns and rugged mountains-and water to nourish the state's parched south.