April 07, 2010

Mount Tamalpais

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photo by Donald Kinney

I hope I don't spoil your appreciation of this photograph if I admit I took the lazy photographer's approach in the making of this image.   I shot it out my car door just outside of where I live, on the Fairfax to Bolinas Road.   My stereo was blasting a Beatles song that I don't hear very often, my heater was on medium -- I wasn't going to get out into that wet grass if I didn't have to...

Actually, I've found the car door window frame makes a great place to brace the lens.   I don't begrudge getting out of the car, but I HATE using (((and carrying))) my tripod.

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photo by Donald Kinney

I think this is what they mean when they say partly cloudy on the weather forecast.

It's White's Hill, just northwest of Fairfax.   Going over Whites Hill on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will deliver you into San Geronimo Valley, which is the beginning of "west" Marin County -- a vast expanse of cows and farms and rolling hills, and all sorts of photographic opportunities.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And speaking of vast, here's some prime watershed at Alpine Dam.   This area is part of Mt. Tamalpais State Park.   Mount Tamalpais is sort of the "crown jewel" of Marin County.

All sorts of hiking opportunities, and believe it or not, Mount Tamalpais is the birthplace of the Mountain Bike.   A group of four local "boys" started the craze by beefing up their old heavier-frame bicycles with gearing systems, shocks and whatever else it took to get crazy on the trails of Mount Tamalpais.

To quote Wikipedia:
The name mountain bike first appeared in print in 1966 as "mountain bicycle". The mountain bike was a modified heavy cruiser bicycle used for freewheeling down mountain trails. The sport became popular in the 1970's in Marin county.

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photo by Donald Kinney

The color on this sort-of purple Iris is not as common as the sort-of blue Iris in the background.   And this is a great year for Iris.   Come back tomorrow and I'll show you some more.

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Kelly said...

Donald, your "Wet Grass" picture took my breath away!!! and THEN... the "Partly Cloudy" - yes, yes, yes! Wonderful day - thanks for making mine! Smiles, Kelly in NM

AphotoAday said...

THANK YOU, KELLY... That wet grass kind of takes my breath away too... That's our beloved Mt. Tam... Can you feel the love? We also refer to it as the Sleeping Lady, and her spirit is named Tamalpa. She is a mythical Indian goddess. And she is beautiful...

Mulleh said...

I love the second picture!
Well all of them are great! wow :)

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