April 29, 2010

Point Reyes, pretty as a picture-postcard

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photo by Donald Kinney

I took a long break from photography between the ages of 20 and 50, but when I was a little boy (((oh, maybe not so little))) I wanted to have the job of Lee Blaisdell, who did most all the picture-postcards of the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur areas.

Well, I never did give Mr. Blaisdell any competition in the picture-postcard business, but when I was about 16 I started making and selling what I called the "Photo-Plaque" -- a black-and-white print mounted on a 6"x8" piece of particle-board with routed and blackened edges. A little tourist-oriented art gallery on the wharf in Monterey agreed to take my little display box of Photo-Plaques on commission and I managed to sell over 300 units. In 1963 I was only charging $1.95 -- what a bargain...

Anyway, I had to tell you all of that because I think this photo (above) would make a suitable picture-postcard. I understand there are people in this country who have never seen or smelled the ocean, or marveled at the bright magenta Iceplant. Poor souls. They have my sympathy. Maybe a picture-postcard would cheer them up.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Ah yes, Point Reyes National Seashore -- a grand place to get away from it all. Perfect place to watch birds dance in the wind. This is Drake's beach, with it's high and scenic cliffs.

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And this is the little creek that flows, creating the most interesting patterns, into the sea at Drake's Beach. As you can tell, for this photo I combined two vertical images (with one reversed). Not exactly picture-postcard material, but I was trying my best to be "arty" here -- a mirrored image might look better.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Oh gosh, looks like it's about time for milking. I used this photo the other day on my Daily-Duo, so if you missed it there, here it is again.

Point Reyes, although now a National Seashore, still has a number of working dairy farms. If you ever visit Point Reyes be sure to spook-around the old historic Pierce Point Dairy, dating back to the 1860's when it supplied milk, cheese, and butter (via ship) to early San Francisco residents.

Hey folks -- check out my Point Reyes set of photos on my "Big" site at http://www.photoarrow.com/861pointreyes.html

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Mulleh said...

Great photos! :)
poor cow!

adampaulphotography said...

Love the photos. Point Reyes is one of my very favorite places.

AphotoAday said...

THANKS MULLEH and THANKS ADAM PAUL. I always appreciate the comments.

Tomate Farcie said...

LOVE the cow pic. Great shot!!

I have a great deal of respect for cows, anyway, since I love almost all dairy products ;)

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