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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July 15, 2014

Madrones on Mt. Tamalpais


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Usually I only get into these posterization effects when I make a last-ditch effort in dealing with an otherwise hopeless image. But I've been attempting to photograph this venerable Madrone tree for years now--usually without much success. While I was snapping away I knew I was going to have to give it a bit of an experimental flavor--or something.

This [above] was shot as a panorama of 5 wide-angle vertical images stitched together in Photoshop, given a bit of reduced-clarity, and then posterized with a limited palette of colors. You might like it, but then--you might not.



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Madrones are like snakes--they outgrow their thin skin and shed it annually. Some folks call them "refrigerator" trees, and if you hug one on a really hot day you will know why.


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July 14, 2014

getting a focus on China Camp


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As darkness started to lift, it became obvious that I was alone,



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although I think I may have heard a few snores coming from China Camp's one and only resident...



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Frank Quan who has lived here at China Camp his entire life, netting bay shrimp.   [this last photo taken July 2011]


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July 13, 2014

it was early -- it was morning


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Swaddled in darkness,
the blanket of clouds, with great reluctance, finally opened.


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July 12, 2014

Lucas Valley -- the big and the deep


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A few basic components--this is Big Rock with a streak of morning light,



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and this is the valley called Lucas, below.


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July 11, 2014

a slender sunrise at China Camp on San Pablo Bay


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A slender opportunity...



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and a beam of light at China Camp.


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July 10, 2014

Mt. Tamalpais, a grand morning view, 2 of 2


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And I'll swear-on-a-stack-of-Bibles that the bird was not tinkered with.
Birds are often generous--more than willing to help out a photo-snapper.


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July 09, 2014

Mt. Tamalpais, a grand morning view, 1 of 2


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I'll be the first to admit it that the digital process makes it oh, SO easy…
Without a doubt, the basic requirement is just BEING there.
A bit of a challenge this time of year, with the sun arriving so early.


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