Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Alcatraz Island

Ironically, 1.3 million tourists escape TO Alcatraz Island every year.


The historical buildings and grounds of the former federal penitentiary (1934-1963) hold much of the site’s allure. 


In an area between the mess hall and cell blocks known as Times Square, an original clock still marks the hours and minutes as they pass.


Sketches and paintings by a prisoner who transformed his stark cell into an artist’s retreat.

Part of the punishment for prisoners was the view of San Francisco, so close and yet so far.

For many inmates, part of their punishment was the nearby sight and sounds of San Francisco, especially music–audible from the mere 1.5 miles off shore.

Strong currents in the waters of the bay, evident even from the surface.

Treacherous currents and icy temps in the surrounding bay made successful escape from “The Rock” unlikely.


 Access to a sail boat could have tipped the odds for freedom in a prisoner’s favor.

–Photos courtesy of William Lesko.

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11 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

  1. Mazigrace

    Judy …. great interpretation of an escape. I’ve been to SF a few times but couldn’t bring myself to visit this place. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Judy Lesko Post author

      Thank you for visiting me. The backstory to Alcatraz is that my BFF since kindergarten always wanted to go there. But she died of cancer at age 43, before she had the chance. I went in her memory and like to think she was there, too, in spirit.

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