August 18, 2008

Sir Francis Drake, by Dennis Patton

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photo by Donald Kinney

Dennis Patton fashioned Sir Francis Drake out of metal in 1990, and the rusty old sea-dog has been guarding the entrance to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal ever since...

That's the profile of Mount Tamalpais in the background...
She is known as "the sleeping lady", but most locals just call her "Mount Tam"

Sir Francis Drake did sail down the coast of California between 1577 and 1580, but exactly where he stopped remains open to debate.   Most historians think he stopped either at Bodega Bay farther north, or Drakes Bay near Point Reyes.   Several years ago someone with unscrupulous intentions tried to plant a bogus plaque -- inside the bay -- not far from where this photo was taken.

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photo by Donald Kinney

I should see if a heavy-metal rock group could use this photo.

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Chrissy said...

Great photos and very interesting information. Have a wonderful day.

Tomate Farcie said...

Honestly, I've never been a fan of that sculpture but you got some pretty good shots out of it!

Louis la Vache said...

As many times as "Louis" has driven by this, he had never really noticed it until you posted this!

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