Clouds Over Pt. Loma
This was taken from the top of the San Diego Convention Center looking over the Bay towards Point Loma. It isn’t often that we get these gorgeous clouds in America’s Finest City, but when we do, the photographic possibilities abound!
Point Loma is a seaside community of San Diego. Geographically it is a hilly peninsula that is bordered on the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, the east by the San Diego Bay. Point Loma is historically important as the landing-place of the first European expedition to come ashore in present-day California. The peninsula has been described as “where California began”. Today Point Loma houses two major military bases, a national cemetery, a national monument, and a university, in addition to residential and commercial areas.
Point Loma was first discovered by Europeans on September 28, 1542 when Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (João Rodrigues Cabrilho in Portuguese) departed from Mexico and led an expedition for the Spanish crown to explore the west coast of what is now the United States. Cabrillo described San Diego Bay as “a very good enclosed port.” Historians believe he docked his flagship on Point Loma’s east shore, probably at Ballast Point. This was the first landing by a European in present-day California.