Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sculptured Beach

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I never got around to either Palomarin Beach or Sculptured Beach during my recently finished year of photographing Point Reyes, but I finally checked out Palomarin over the summer, and with a significant low tide due on Monday the 26th of October, I took a day off work to check out Sculptured Beach, about an hour's walk south of Limantour. The fog was so thick when I left the southernmost parking lot that I memorized landmarks on the beach so I'd be able to find the trail through the dunes on my way back. Even with the fog pretty much burned off by the time I got back, it was still tricky to find the exact spot where the trail comes out.

Santa Maria Creek, not making it to the ocean.

Heermann's, mew and western gulls hung out to bathe in the freshwater creek.

The reef at Sculptured Beach had endlessly interesting forms, and I easily spent four hours exploring a fairly small area, leaving only when my belly insisted I head home for dinner.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Waiting for Rain

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What sounded like rain in the woods was just the pitter-patter of fog 
dripping from the canopy onto a carpet of dry leaves.

Sometimes a Douglas fir's rat tails show loud and proud. 
Sticky patches of sap pool among the cone's scales.

Hardly a drop of water in this little arroyo seco off the Benstein Trail.

Spotted this crime scene at my feet as I knelt 
to explore a small pool of water in the ravine.

A California Giant Salamander, here a juvenile sporting about three inches 
of length, chills in the bottom of a pool.

An excited mob of acorn woodpeckers and steller's jays called out 
from the vicinity of this coast live oak bristling with nuts, 
stopping only when a cooper's hawk swooped in.

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Friday, October 16, 2015


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All images made on Cataract Creek at Laurel Dell.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


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Drove up the mountain this morning to check on the game camera, 
and picked up a few trinkets presented by the sunrise, including "god beam" crepuscular rays, while I was at it.

Sunrise Timelapse

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