February 22, 2012

sunset from Mount Tamalpais

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photo by Donald Kinney

By now you probably know that I prefer a good sunrise to most any sunset--they are two completely different animals.

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photo by Donald Kinney

With a sunrise, most of the drama happens 10 or 20 minutes before the big fire-ball arrives. At sunset the sinking fire-ball (not shown here) is usually off-the-scale, presenting a myriad of tonal-range and glare problems.

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About 20 miles west of San Francisco are the Farallon Islands. These are remnants of ancient upheaval that occurred nearly 90 million years ago forming abrupt, sharp ridges that pierce the ocean's surface. Intense winds and powerful surf have eroded the islands, sculpting them into craggy peaks and arches.

These days only well-intentioned scientists are allowed to live and work here, but that hasn't always been the case.
The different groups came seeking profit from the island's inhabitants -- the birds and marine mammals. Historically, seabirds nested here by the millions, rising in cacophonous chaos as intruders first set foot onshore. Seabird eggs satisfied the gluttonous diets of San Francisco's Gold Rush denizens. The fur of sea lions was collected for sale in Russia. Elephant seal blubber was sold in New England. Different groups came and depleted the island's wildlife population, replacing it with people and domestic animals. The most recent use of the islands was as a communications center -- as a lighthouse and a radio relay station. Over time, however, advancing technologies and the enduring difficulty of Farallones life drove people back to shore.
(source: S.F.Gate)

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1 comment:

photowannabe said...

Great sunset shots Don. the jagged peaks of the Farallons look beautiful against the sky.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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