April 22, 2014

Angel Island -- once again


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photo by Donald Kinney

Maybe it is just copy-and-paste, but Wikipedia is my go-to source:
Until about ten thousand years ago, Angel Island was connected to the mainland; it was cut off by the rise in sea levels due to the end of the last ice age. From about two thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coast Miwok Native Americans.



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No mention in the Wikipedia article that Donald Kinney is rather fond of this island. But it has been 44 years since I last set foot on her--a situation I really should remedy soon.   [not a new image--taken November 2011]



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And this isn't a new image either, but I guess there is no harm in showing it again.   [taken late in February of this year]


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 21, 2014

fast moving water -- Lagunitas Creek


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Later on in the year the mighty Lagunitas Creek will slow and I'll be throwing around one of my favorite words--bucolic--quite a bit. But right now, depending on her width, which varies, she is moving fast and furiously.



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Because of the expense, I would never be able to use this technique with film, but the technique I used here was just to snap a succession of images--a whole LOT of them--one right after the other. I call it mindless photography--snap them now and sort them out later.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 20, 2014

colorful reflections in Lagunitas Creek


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Well, I suppose it is colorful, but I haven't decided if I like this particular image or not. Just seems a bit too busy--I guess I'll just have to return and shoot it again, like I have a million times before.



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And if my opinion counts, I like this one a bit better. But yeah, I had better get back out to the creek and make sure something more dramatic or colorful isn't lurking. Still no sight of the elusive Coho Salmon...

For you photographers curious about my technique, I've found that it is best if the creek is shaded, with morning sun illuminating a bit of the surrounding trees and vegetation. My best attempts seem to come in the morning, with the position of the sun behind the camera.


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 19, 2014

Perhaps a billion years ago...


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Perhaps a billion years ago boats pulled up to this dock on the western shore of San Pablo Bay, the northern "thumb" of San Francisco Bay.



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Okay, maybe not a billion… Before this area was made a state park in the early 1970's, there were a few homes with access to the bay here. Being an old-geezer I remember them. Today only a few remnants of their foundations remain.



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These days, solitude floats my boat--what floats yours?


Lagunitas Creek, [the book] by Donald Kinney       

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book       


April 18, 2014

subtle sunrises


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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       


 
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