July 29, 2014

Lagunitas Creek -- I may have lost my touch


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Gosh, time flies, and it has been 12 years now since I reintroduced myself to the hobby of my youth--photography.  And for that same length of time I have made hundreds of visits to one particular stretch of my beloved Lagunitas (La-goo-nĂ­-tas) Creek out in west Marin.

But its more difficult to get to my favorite stretch of creek now. To my ire, the County fixed and repaved the road through the area--putting up no-parking signs along a six mile stretch, so getting to my old stomping grounds is now quite a long walk along the road.

Additionally, the meander of the creek has changed its course just ever so slightly. Each year Winter storms turn the normally bucolic Lagunitas Creek into a raging torrent, scouring the creek bottom and ripping trees out of the banks. Although technically part of Taylor State Park, the creekside trail is not maintained and is now impassable in certain spots.



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Anyway, I like these two vertical images better than the upper photo, but maybe I've lost my touch with the Lagunitas--maybe we have grown apart. But I DO have memories, and there is even a 2011 video (below) produced by my great and wonderful friend Diane Harrigan of Postcards from S.F. fame, showing yours-truly out at the Lagunitas Creek doing my thing.



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July 28, 2014

the Gee Gee Bridge -- 1 billion 1, and 1 billion 2


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I've always thought that the massive structure supporting the northern approach to the Gee Gee is just as amazing as other parts of the bridge.



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And I've snapped it before, and I'll snap it again…
One billion three and one billion four...


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July 27, 2014

late afternoon -- west Marin County


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July 26, 2014

it was Wednesday -- it was early in the morning


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I would have to admit one of my favorite things is to stand around patiently at dawn waiting for the rising sun to put on some sort of grand performance.



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Earlier on Wednesday morning I noticed Venus and a crescent moon. I would have LOVED to stand there in darkness and solitude, but I had to boogie--I could see fog lingering on the hills at Big Rock [first photo].


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July 25, 2014

Nicasio -- ducks swam, clouds flew


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This image [above] is from Wednesday morning. Just kidding, but I phoned the Screen Actor's Guild ahead of time and arranged for some of their best birds to do their thing on cue.



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And for real--I stopped by yesterday to see if anything was going on…
And no, not much, other than a large film crew shooting god-knows-what on the scenic country back-road that passes through the area.


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July 24, 2014

fog on Mount Tamalpais -- nothing out of the ordinary


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The TV weatherperson gave me the impression that Monday morning would be obscured by solid cloud cover, so I slept-in all the way to 6AM.  Well, I woke to puffy clouds and I could only imagine what I had just missed out on. The rest of the day I chased clouds--to one degree of success or another.



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On Wednesday I also got out a little bit late but didn't have to go far.
Our Sleeping Lady was gracefully peeling back her cover of fog.



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With my fingers crossed I climbed higher on the mountain in search of fog.
I found some in trees at the drippy north end of Ridgecrest Boulevard.


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July 23, 2014

it was morning -- it was a blazing sunrise


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it was morning…                     [taken July 16, 2014]



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it was a blazing sunrise…                     [taken December 2011]


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July 22, 2014

finding the edge -- at Land's End


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July 21, 2014

a dearth of photo opportunities -- lord help me


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Some people can't live a day without making music or singing a song.
Others find their lives are without meaning if they cannot communicate with their god and/or text with friends. But for me, I'm going to be an unhappy-camper unless I can be out there snapping the shutter of my fancy camera.

Some days the photo opportunities come easier than others. Usually it is either feast or famine, and currently I am in the middle of a dry-spell and the photos are not coming easily.

So, late in the day on Saturday I thought I would give it one more try--I motored out to Nicasio reservoir; played a few notes on my recorder, sang that dumb song that had been stuck in my head all day, prayed for forgiveness, and asked for a miracle. And yes--it happened--I heard the honking of Canada Geese in the distance. They were coming my way.



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This set of "experimentally" processed images [above] is not new--they were snapped in September 2012. Maybe they will strike your fancy, and maybe they won't. I used Photoshop's "plastic-wrap" filter--something I only use on rare occasions, and purely for fun. Nothing serious going on here...


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July 20, 2014

view from top of Mt. Tamalpais


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What you're seeing here is the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge getting caught up in a bit of incoming fog. San Quentin Prison is in lower left corner, and that boat is the Golden Gate Ferry on its way to Larkspur Landing.

So, here's the story:  I grew up (((if I EVER grew up))) on the Monterey Peninsula--famous for its own beauty, but Grandma lived in Kentfield here in Marin County. Our family would make frequent trips up the coast to visit. Unfortunately, my dad wasn't much of an explorer so all we seemed to do was to sit around Grandma's house. In these early years all I ever saw of Mount Tamalpais was a nice view of the mountain framed by Grandma's bathroom window.



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Looking out that bathroom window I always wondered if it was possible to get to the very tip top of Mount Tamalpais. I would ask, and Grandpa would say there was a road going all the way up, but I knew I would have to wait several years before I had my own freedom to do such a thing. It became my goal--to get to the tip top of Mount Tamalpais, come hell or high-water.

I moved to Marin in the late '60's, and except for a two year stint in the US Army I have been living here ever since. And yes, the mountain is right in my backyard. I realize I am a very lucky guy.


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July 19, 2014

photography -- it's sort of a hit or miss proposition


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No shortage of fog in the past few days, but it has been a heavy type of fog that has not been cooperative. I'm definitely not overly pleased with these two images [above]. What you are seeing here is not actual rain, but condensed fog dripping from trees.



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THIS image [above] from April 2013 is more of what I was going for. I'll keep trying.


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July 18, 2014

light streaks in the sky


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Occasionally I'll see something incredible going on in the sky, and I'll wonder if anyone else in the vicinity is seeing the same display of drama and beauty. No fun keeping it all to myself, so here you go...


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July 17, 2014

if you look closely and squint


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If you look closely and squint, you might be able to see sunlight peeking through the leaves.


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July 16, 2014

Mt. Tamalpais -- legends, old and new


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At 2574 feet above sea level, Mount Tamalpais isn't all that tall but it has a commanding beauty--especially when the elements take charge.

Our beloved mountain in Marin--we usually just call her Mt. Tam--was a spiritual place to the Native Americans who lived in the area. Out of fear of being sacrilegious, they normally avoided hiking all the way to the top.



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[photo above not new -- taken in November 2011]

Since most of the Indian legends have been lost, we apparently thought we had to invent one of our own.

The modern legend started in 1913 in an open-air theater on Mt Tam with "Tamalpa", imagined to be a beautiful young Miwok maiden who fell in love with an Indian prince. True to life perhaps--when the prince abandoned her she walked to the top of the mountain and died of heartbreak. As she was dying she sobbed--the mountain heard her intense sorrow and took pity. This is kind of a stretch, but the mountain apparently was so moved by her distress that the mountain rearranged its form, taking on the supine shape of her body--and that, folks, is where the legend of the "Sleeping Lady" or "Tamalpa" originated. At certain angles and if we use considerable imagination, we can trace the outline of her sleeping form.


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