September 01, 2014

it rained. "Kinney Creek" flowed


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Indeed... Sunny California got some copious amounts of rainfall last week.



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Enough rain to get several of the normally dry creeks flowing again.



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So, of course I headed up on the Fairfax-to-Bolinas Road to check on what I call "Kinney Creek". As far as I know, this "occasional" creek has never been named. Dibs...

originally appeared November 21, 2012

August 31, 2014

seeing double -- or maybe it is just me


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Photography has rules, and a whole lot of them. Rules; all waiting to be bent, stretched, ignored, and just plain broken.



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This image never saw it coming...


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August 30, 2014

clearing fog -- on the Mountain


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I'm a bit ambivalent about this image--it probably would be a stronger image if converted into a black and white, but that would result in losing the nice blue sky. The dark rocks just weren't responding well to commands.



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This might be a bit of a better image, but I think the moral of the story is not to attempt a subject like this in the full sun of mid-morning.


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August 29, 2014

reluctant clouds meet demanding, domineering sun


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On Wednesday the sun, as usual, was victorious.



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On Saturday the sun was having a more difficult time of it.


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August 28, 2014

Azalea Hill at 9am -- China Camp light-show at 6am


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The sun fought a valiant battle on Tuesday… and finally won.



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It had performed a light-show earlier that same morning at China Camp.


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August 27, 2014

late afternoon at China Camp, on San Pablo Bay


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Don't tell anyone because we might want to keep this our little secret…
The western shore of San Pablo Bay, although a bit shallow and forgotten, offers quiet scenery--a retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of modern life.



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Along the way I had to drive over huge shadows laying in the roadway.



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One limb remained suspended in thin air. Defying gravity. Refusing to fall.


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August 26, 2014

shadow puppets -- morning and afternoon


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Backside of the moon or backside of Big Rock--same thing, pretty much.



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Approaching alien with whirring and snapping gizmo slung around neck.


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August 25, 2014

sunrise--somewhat like music being played, I suppose


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Starting from slow darkness at the crack of dawn, sunrise can follow a thin but colorful sequence. Somewhat like music being played, I suppose.



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Building to a crescendo--beams of light spreading illumination dramatically.


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August 24, 2014

ashes 'n urns -- the Columbarium, San Francisco


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The Columbarium is a round four-storied neo-classical structure built in 1898 with approximately 6,700 niches on four levels--believe it or not. On this latest trip to the Columbarium I noticed a sign indicating permission is now needed to visit the upper floors, but I'm sure permission is easily obtained.



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Seems like this is one of San Francisco's best kept secrets, and you're probably going to need a map to find the place. 1 Loraine Court, S.F.
That's assuming you actually WANTED to go to the Columbarium.



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Many of the niches contain objects that reflect the person's interests and personality. Some of the crypts are filled with the most wonderful objects.

The Columbarium was in great disrepair when the Neptune-Society assumed ownership in 1980, but since then the structure and interior has undergone extensive refurbishing and restoration.               more info


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August 23, 2014

from a popular bridge to a rather obscure lighthouse


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The cables of the Bay Bridge move fluidly in waves of light and motion. Tinseltown razzamatazz…  It really is quite a mind-blowing light-show.



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A lesser known landmark, Point Montara Lighthouse, is 25 miles south. The lighthouse isn't very tall--designed that way to shine under the fog layer. Most cars pass by on Highway-1 and few ever notice the lighthouse and other buildings, although there is a popular Youth Hostel located here.
The much larger and more visited Pigeon Point Lighthouse is to the south.

After numerous ship wrecks along the San Mateo coast in the mid-1800s, a foghorn was installed at Point Montara, near Moss Beach. First sounded in 1872, the horn eased the way for ships entering the San Francisco Bay from the south. In 1900, a short light tower was erected to work in tandem with the fog horn and ensure an even safer approach to the Golden Gate. Today, the light is still an active aid to sea navigation, visible for 14 miles at sea. (source: Wikipedia)

For years, vessels caught in the thick fog along the final approach to San Francisco Bay were forced to hug the coast, putting them in danger of the rocky outcroppings that provide the beautiful vistas to sightseers, but prove deadly to boats. Although by the mid-1800's almost 90 vessels had met the business end of jagged rocks off Montara, it wasn't until two high profile incidents in 1868 and 01872 that Congress was finally motivated into action.

On November 9, 1868, the Colorado, a large Pacific Mail steamship carrying hundreds of passengers and the US mail, ran aground on the unseen shoals off Point Montara. Although the ship eventually floated free and all the passengers--and the mail--survived, the near-disaster left its mark on public sentiment.

Four years later another ship caught on Colorado Reef was not as lucky. On October 17, 1872, the British sailing Aculeo collided with the rocks after being lost for more than three days in a blinding fog. As the ship cracked open and filled with water, the crew made its escape on lifeboats. For over a week, the abandoned ship was pounded by waves before a salvage crew could get to it.

The next March, Congress appropriated $15,000 for a fog signal at Point Montara, to be positioned at the end of a rocky bluff 70 feet above the ocean. Earlier signals had been installed to the south at Ano Nuevo, and to the north at Yerba Buena Island. Operational March 1, 1875, the signal was a 12-inch steam whistle whose five-second blast could be heard up to 15 miles away. The whistle didn't come cheap--it took betwen 150,000 and 200,000 pounds of coal to fuel it every year, depending on the number of foggy days.

However, the fog signal wasn't enough to prevent continuing disasters along this stretch of coast. Four years to the day after the Acuelo was impaled on Colorado Reef, a three-masted Welsh ship, Rydal Hall, crashed in the fog onto Frenchman's Reef. Only 21 members of the 30-man crew survived, and none of the cargo did. Salvage was impossible--the broken ship languished almost a month on the rocks before cracking apart, meanwhile spilling tons of coal into the water and onto the beach. Further wrecks of ships carrying railroad iron and lumber littered the rocky coast as more vessels met their demise on the rocks. (source: information signs at Montara Lighthouse)


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August 22, 2014

dark and moonless -- a midnight trip south


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It was an exceedingly dark evening. No plan, but I headed south.



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You may have heard... the early bird catches the worm.



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Worms with artichokes make a great combination. Bon appetité.


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August 21, 2014

moon mass over Bay Bridge


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All the ingredients for darkness were there; but a bright moon and pesky electric lights in the distance were not going to let it happen.


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August 20, 2014

more towards Santa Cruz--blithering middle of night


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San Mateo coastline, more towards Santa Cruz and Greyhound Rock
in the blithering middle of night...


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August 19, 2014

Pigeon Point Lighthouse -- a photog's Mecca


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Well, yes, thanks for asking… I DID take a little fast mid-of-night trip down the San Mateo Coast.

ALL photogs go to Pigeon Point Lighthouse. They just DO, and no reasonable explanation has ever been found. Some say it is a right-of-passage, and others go less for snaps and more to absorb darkness and salt-laden-air. A new excuse for each long, very long exposure. And often, I will admit in my case, it could be the bad-boy thrill of staying up past bedtime.



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Not a new image^^^taken on another mid-of-night outing, Nov, 2011.

source of the following: Wikipedia
Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast. The tower stands on a rocky promontory and has long been a landmark for ships approaching San Francisco Bay from the south. This headland, and hence the lighthouse, took its name from the ship Carrier Pigeon that wrecked here in 1853.

The lantern room of the tower is no longer equipped with the original first-order, 1000-watt Fresnel lens. No longer illuminated for demonstration purposes, the lens has 24 flash panels, is composed of 1008 hand-polished lenses and prisms and is capable of producing over 500,000 candlepower illumination. It was manufactured by the Henry-LePaute company in Paris, France and was first lit at Pigeon Point at sunset on November 15, 1872.

Originally the tower was equipped with a lamp that burned refined lard oil (pig fat). In 1888, that lamp was replaced with a mineral oil (kerosene) lamp. To produce Pigeon Point's assigned characteristic of one white flash of light every ten seconds, the one (1) ton lens rotated one time every four minutes. When observed from a distance, this resulted in the appearance of one white flash of light every ten seconds. The lens rotation was originally powered by a clockworks and 45 pounds (20 kg) weight. In 1926 the lighthouse was provided with electricity. Modern innovations were incorporated and the kerosene IOV lamp was replaced by a 1000 watt bulb, the clockworks by an electric motor and an electrically operated fog signal was eventually installed. The lighthouse has been designated California Historical Landmark number 930.

In 1972, the United States Coast Guard mounted a 24-inch aerobeacon on the front of the tower (now replaced by a smaller beacon) and officially retired the Fresnel lens from regular duty. The First order Fresnel lens is no longer lit to celebrate special occasions, such as the annual lighting of the lens, which usually occurred in mid-November (closest Saturday to November 15) the date of the original first lighting in 1872. The lens was removed from the top of the tower in November 2011, to now be displayed in the fog signal building, adjacent to the base of the lighthouse. The light outside the lens room, mounted on a small verandah at the top of the 100-foot (30 m) tower, rotating with six beams, is still an active aid to navigation. Updated information, garnered from the recent lens removal crew, has produced new numbers for the weight of the lens...long reported to be four tons. In actuality that figure was the complete shipping weight of the lens and its rotating clock works. The correct figures are as follows: lens weight, one (1) ton; the clock works, one (1) ton; and the seventy-eight (78) wooden shipping crates to contain such, two (2) tons; total, therefore, being the reported four tons.

The tower has been closed to tours since December 2001 because of the collapse of brickwork supporting outside access metal walkways on the top of the structure. Cast iron was used rather than steel with the unfortunate result being that cast iron absorbs water rather than repelling it like steel, thus the walkways are severely rusted, as are the major binding ring bands at the base of the tower! The California State Park system has promised repairs, but it is estimated that even if funds were available, it would be seven to ten years before the repairs would be completed. In July, 2010, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) stated that of the $3.4 million she requested for her district through the Fiscal Year 2011 Interior and Environment Appropriations Act, $250,000 will be allocated to restore the upper portion of the lighthouse.


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