August 04, 2012

the Lagunitas, a creek with places to go


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photo by Donald Kinney

While the surrounding natural landscape remains relatively still, the Lagunitas Creek definitely has places to go. Sometimes it seems to be in a bit of a hurry. Pedal-to-the-metal, and onward to the Pacific Ocean.



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photo by Donald Kinney

On Mount Tamalpais, Lagunitas Creek begins as three forks, and after about a mile they all flow into Lake Lagunitas, which drains into Bon Tempe Lake, which drains into Alpine Lake. Downstream of Alpine Lake, the creek flows roughly northwest until it reaches Kent Lake. Just downstream of Kent Lake, San Geronimo Creek joins the creek. Lagunitas continues northwest through Taylor State Park and is joined by its largest tributary, Nicasio Creek, which flows from Nicasio Reservoir. Shortly after this confluence, Lagunitas turns westward and flows through the town of Point Reyes Station. The creek is joined by Olema Creek on the west side of the town, and turns northward, emptying into the wetland slough at the south end of Tomales Bay, a fjord looking inlet from the Pacific Ocean.



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photo by Donald Kinney

This time of year the creek slows, but still a substantial amount of water continues to flow. Water releases from the dams upstream are strictly controlled by State and Federal agencies who look after the natural habitat, such as the newly hatched Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout.



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photo by Donald Kinney

To avoid disturbing fish egg nests, humans and domestic animals are not allowed in Lagunitas Creek between December and April. This might be a good time for me to put on my rubber-boots and slosh around a bit in the creek. I'll be searching for new perspectives. I'll send you a postcard...


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2 comments:

Michael Strickland said...

I'm glad you're not doing the grading thing anymore with your header photos because it made me feel like a schoolmarm, but do know that today's header deserves an A+. Hope this finds you well.

AphotoAday said...

Thanks MIKE, I really appreciate that.
Not having the grading thing will allow me to start posting some really wild stuff.
Only about 1 in 20 were voting anyway.
And the poll system wasn't working all that well either--the vote reportedly wouldn't register as counted unless the browser was repeatedly refreshed in order to get the blogger page to let-go and reload with the updated count.
Anyway, when I started the poll a friend warned me that it was a certain trip towards insanity, and yeah--one step closer...that's for sure...

 
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