April 18, 2014

subtle sunrises


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photo by Donald Kinney

Serving as an immigration station during the mid-1800's, Angel Island--or "Island of Tears" as it is sometimes called--has quite a colorful history. Imagine making it all the way here on a tiny boat in rough seas, only to be told that you are a "defective" Asian and must return to your homeland.



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Fast-forward to Lucas Valley--the brand of milk my grandmother used to have in her refrigerator when we "Skinneys" came visiting. It is purely a coincidence of name, but these days Lucas Valley is home to two of George Lucas's filmmaking campuses, situated on two old dairy farms--and yes, I am old enough to remember the cows.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 17, 2014

searching for the elusive Coho Salmon


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The general consensus is that more and more endangered Coho Salmon are returning spawn in the clean waters of bucolic Lagunitas Creek. Last year the number was estimated to be 500--a number that is still very small, although they say it has been slowly increasing in recent years. I'm going to blame it on our whacky weather, but so far I haven't seen hide-nor-hair of a single fish.



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The ferns seem happy, though. Finally...



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Wildflowers seem happy, finally, too. California Poppies are blooming like gangbusters. Our hills are now covered with Poppies, and yes, the wild grasses couldn't be any greener.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 16, 2014

blazing sun in a sea of fog


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Had I turned the camera 180 degrees I probably could have gotten yet another snap of the Gee-Gee Bridge, but my head was in the clouds...



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And I could have joined a mass of cars in the evening commute, but I found solace watching incoming fog attempting to push its way over Slacker Hill.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 15, 2014

oh, dat fog -- she come rollin' in


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It is a common sight… From now until late summer the fog will be rolling in like clockwork--or a freight train (take your pick). This is a view towards what we call "The City" from my beloved Mount Tamalpais. If you look closely, just to the left and slightly above center, you will notice a tiny squarish nodule--it is the top of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.



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I had to go way back in the archives for this foggy shot from August of 2008.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 14, 2014

morning mystique of the mist -- Mt. Tam


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Veiled in mystic mist, my beloved Mount Tamalpais greeted me with this display early on Saturday morning. Quite beautiful, isn't it?


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 13, 2014

McNear's Point -- two shades of sunrise


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The first rule of photography is "just being there", and here in Marin County one of the best vantage points for viewing the sunrise is from the Loch Lomond boat harbor "spit", with what I think is a g-r-a-n-d view across San Pablo Bay towards the tiny East Bay town of Pinole.



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Timewise, this snap with the reds preceded the first image. The reds quickly fade into yellow, and the day begins.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 12, 2014

ripples, Alpine Lake, Mount Tamalpais


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I've always been fascinated by ripples and reflections, and a good place to find them is on the surface of Alpine Dam on the shoulders of my beloved Mount Tamalpais. Temporary and fleeting--I truly think they are part of Nature's artwork.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 11, 2014

below Alpine Dam -- Lagunitas Creek


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Oh gosh, maybe I should keep it a secret, but you see, just to the west of my hometown of Fairfax is one of the most beautiful and scenic roads in all of California--with the relatively unimaginative name of "Fairfax to Bolinas Road". This road is popular with bicyclers and has a plethora of twisty turns, and ups and downs. And around every corner--another canyon and stream.



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My favorite place to visit and photograph is several miles downstream, past Kent Lake and Peter's Dam, so I don't get to this wild fragment of the mighty Lagunitas Creek all that often, but I am always amazed and revitalized by the beauty I find here, especially in Spring when the creek is running full-blast.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 10, 2014

Lagunitas Creek -- movement and color


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Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 09, 2014

our wildflowers -- better late than never


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Due to a lack of rain our wildflowers got a late start this year,



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but now they're popping up like gang-busters… These are Douglass Irises.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 08, 2014

April 07, 2014

Redwood Creek, San Geronimo, Marin County


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I've been turning a lot of my images into black and whites recently--mostly landscapes where I can darken what would have been blue, and perhaps gain some contrast by lightening what would have been the reds, but what we have here are color images, and I think the brown earth tone is important.



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I assume the name is Redwood Creek--neatly hidden within San Geronimo's Redwood Canyon. Not a place many people get to see, although we now have a newly opened preserved area, the Giacomini Wilderness, nearby.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 06, 2014

a busy San Francisco Bay


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Much of what was formerly part of San Francisco Bay has been turned into commercial land, roads and housing developments. The term "turned into" unfortunately means dumped with copious amounts of garbage and covered over by a few feet of soil and rip-rap.

In the 1960's three influential Berkeley women; Esther Gulick, Catherine Kerr, and Sylvia McLaughlin; environmentalists concerned about the shrinking size and polluted conditions of the Bay, were able to stem-the-tide of bay fill through legislation.



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The fog comes roaring in like a freight train; or sometimes, as a thin veil.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 05, 2014

afternoon light -- Bolinas and Point Bonita


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The tiny town of Bolinas... Down there s-o-m-e-w-h-e-r-e in darkness--obscured and blotted out by the sun.



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This image of Point Bonita (above) is from January 2012.

Well, I suppose they all weren't massive ships, but during the Gold Rush Years reportedly over 300 craft ended up on the rocks and/or sank while trying to find safe passage into the Golden Gate without navigational aids.

Point Bonita is on the north side of the entrance, and in the mid 1850's planners mistakenly located the first lighthouse too high--at 306 feet--and above the fog where it couldn't be seen by ships. In 1877 another was built near the tip of Point Bonita at 124' above sea-level and still operates today.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


 
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