March 21, 2009

at Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands

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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, after I used this photo as yesterday's header I thought I should make an effort and find out the name of this noble plant -- after all, it chooses some of the prettiest spots to spread it's roots...   Well, I haven't done my research -- can anybody help me out with the name?
UPDATE:   this plant is Kniphofia, or torch flower.
Thanks to Anna for the botanical name

((( See today's Daily-Duo for two more photos of this plant )))

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Like to get sand in your shoes?   Like to accidently get your feet wet by not paying attention to the surf?   If you answered yes to one or both -- then Rodeo Beach is for you...

((( No, I still haven't found out why they named the beach "Rodeo" )))

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photo by Donald Kinney

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But the only drawback of visiting such a beautiful area is having to share it with the occasional film-crew.   I'm still scratching my head, but this must have been an advertisement for horse blankets -- the horse had a whole neat stack of them on his back.

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And yes, there is a sign to the contrary, but dogs run free...

Actually, this photo of the dog and the photo of the foamy-surf were taken last year and are from the Point Bonita set of what I call my "Big" site.

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photowannabe said...

Beautiful shots Don. I have always called those flowers torches but I have no idea what the proper name is.
At first glance the next picture looked like a bear running along the crest of the hill. I really liked the perspective.

Marvin said...

Looks like a really cool place.

I missed seeing the bear, but went back and found him. :-)

Anna said...

The flower is a Kniphofia, or torch flower.

One of my favorite parks in Victora, BC has beautiful beds of these. Not something that can grow in a lot of places in Canada! ;-)

Tomate Farcie said...

Nice shots!
I was at Rodeo Beach yesterday and it was really cold and gray! Oh, well, at least no problem parking!

AphotoAday said...

Torch Flower sounds perfect, and I love the official name of Kniphofia -- now I just need to find someone to impress with my newfound knowledge... (I'd better write Kniphofia down on my wrist with a ballpoint pen or I'm likely to forget it)

And MARVIN -- yes it IS a cool place, but as TOMATE FARCIE found out on Saturday, it can get just plain nasty out there -- the place is a slave to the elements... (God, it was windy yesterday (Sunday)...

Best regards, Don and Kitty

Louise said...

I'm sure the market for horse blankets must be huge to mount a TV campaign for them!

Beautiful place. I think the occasional inconveniences could be overlooked for how beautiful and peaceful it seems.

Anonymous said...

Your flower photos are great!

I was also at Rodeo Beach on Saturday with a couple of photographer friends. We were going to hike up to the abandoned cold-war radar station at Wolf Ridge, but it was cold and rainy - and it's about an hour hike each way.

So we goofed around shooting at the bunkers/batteries - got a lot of spooky pix. Was a lot of fun...

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