December 20, 2013

20/25 - Photographing Marin County - my new book

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photo by Donald Kinney

Image (above) on page 55 of book...   Lagunitas Creek, August 2013.

Falling-in and/or getting soaked to the ankles is pretty darned simple, but making a photo of the Lagunitas Creek is about as difficult as the photog wants to make it. I usually try to keep it simple. Most days I stay dry.

But un-simple--and with tripod half in water and photog mostly out, I managed to get some deep depth-of-field, it being a windless day, and all.

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photo by Donald Kinney

This image is on page 69 of book...   Nicasio, October 2013.

Speaking of books, I've been reading an historical account the Olema and other nearby parts of west Marin County. Logging in this area helped satiate San Francisco's demand for lumber, while the ranches and farms in the Olema Valley produced milk products, pork and beef and chicken and eggs.

That is the Wilkins Ranch home, a bit different than it looked in the late 1800's. Located half way between Bolinas and Olema this ranch was operated by the Randall family, and later by Sarah Randall herself after her husband William died. The house is now well boarded shut, but has reportedly been heavily vandalized on the inside. At one point the National Park Service wanted to tear the old ranch home down but the discovery in the 1980's of a rare big-eared bat colony in the attic has given the place a temporary reprieve.

In the mid-1970's the Federal Government arrived in the Point Reyes area and announced it was buying up everything in sight for the new National Seashore, but would let certain dairy ranches and cattle operations continue under a lease. It has been a cohesive match between public and the Feds until recently when the Feds decided that the "Johnson" Oyster farming operation (now operated by the Lunny family) were not part of the natural landscape and their equipment might actually be doing damage to the bay. The case has been in the courts for a while.

Okay, okay, I realize that not everybody has $30 to shell out for a book, no matter how much they might want to support me and my work, so for the next 5 days I will be showing images from the book 2 at a time. You can also see exactly what the book looks like in a preview from MagCloud, the publisher, and you can also visit my website, to see the images displayed as an exhibit without the book formatting and more info on how to place your order.

Photographing Marin County - the exhibit and book

1 comment:

John W. Wall said...

Pretty cool that the apple tree is still producing. I wonder how old it is. Interesting about the bats, too.

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