February 19, 2010

plans thwarted on Mt. Tamalpais

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photo by Donald Kinney

Wednesday afternoon I realized that I had about two hours of daylight remaining -- the urge to "go up on Mt. Tamalpais" was overwhelming.

But imagine my disappointment when I found Hollywood shooting some sort of god knows what on the tiny road (((Fairfax-to-Bolinas Road))) just west of Alpine Dam.

Now, seeing a large film crew working on Mt. Tamalpais is nothing unique -- they do it all the time -- usually for car commercials -- they take advantage of the incredibly beautiful and sinuous road up on the northern ridge (((Ridgecrest Boulevard))).   But when you come across one of these big productions, sightseers like me usually have to wait twenty or thirty minutes for a break in filming so we can proceed on our way.   On Wednesday, I said the heck with it, turned around and decided to explore the glint of the sunlight bouncing off Alpine Lake.   Above is the photo I snagged.

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photo by Donald Kinney

On my way back to Fairfax I spotted the large Madrone tree that I always admire from a distance but have never hiked up to, so I payed it a little visit.   It's a wonderful tree...

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photo by Donald Kinney

Many rocks in this area are covered with the most beautiful Lichen -- here's one of them.   I suppose if I had stood there long enough I might have started to grow Lichen too...

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Melinda said...

Don, I love the picture of the tree. It captures the colours of it so well. Its an amazing picture.

photowannabe said...

Love your humor Don. Terrific alternative photos. Mt. Tam will be there for the next urge.
Wonder what the filming was for.

malou said...

That's funny. I really like the first picture. The water looks so magical.

AphotoAday said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Melinda, Photowannabe Sue, and Malou -- for the kind comments... And yeah, that first photo was yet ANOTHER image that got rejected from the Caliber Flickr Pool -- but heck, I like it and you might like it, so that's all that matters... PHOOEY on the Caliber Flickr Pool -- they don't know what a nice photo is when they see it!

Jane said...

So many great shots. The split frame of the water and grass is fabulous. The pinks of the tree trunk too!

Louise said...

I'm glad your plans were thwarted. The tree was worth it.

Maybe they were actually making a movie--one that will be so intriguing that you'll HAVE to grab Kitty and go!

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