This is my entry for Cee’s Black and White photography challenge. We spent July 4th driving out to Point Reyes Station where we made dinner reservations at the Station House, got a pastry or two from Bovine Bakery, then headed out to Drakes Estero where we saw fox, coyote, deer, cattle, and loads and loads of birds. Interestingly enough, the estero was fairly void of its usual assortment of ducks and shore birds. Just a few cormorants and the odd turkey vulture keeping an eye on things.
The town of Point Reyes Station is only a block or so long, but it hosts some mighty fine shops. Here are my favorites for this week’s event.
I enjoyed both books, especially Finnegan’s. He narrated it on Audible.com. Great story telling on a subject near and dear to me..
Point Reyes certainly has surf, but it’s generally way past my ability. And the mouth of Tomales Bay, at the north end of the jut of land that is Point Reyes National Seashore, is rumored to be a breeding ground for the great white shark.
No trip to Point Reyes Station is complete without a stop for coffee and pastry at Bovine Bakery. Pretty much every weekend morning you’ll find a line out the door, and they have a assortment of gluten-free products for my sweetie.
My wife and I went looking for trees and found two beauties and a patch of kelp. The first tree is off the Pescadero Marsh, maybe 400 meters from the ocean. The tree transmits the sound of rustling leaves to an ear placed against a cool branch. Look closely for the fair damsel in the tree.
My son has a dog named Zeus. He’s my part-time pet, like when our grand daughter was born two weeks ago. Zeus stayed with us.
On our very first SUP outing, noted in my very first post, I stayed on the beach with camera in hand and Zeus went out with Matthew. It didn’t start out this serene. They were both in the water at the start, but cruised in with style. This is the Princeton Harbor, next to Mavericks where tomorrow’s big wave surf contest will be held.
Violet Mae was born on Tuesday. I am a very proud grandfather. To support my son and daughter-in-law, I am taking care of their dog Zeus. Today Zeus and I went to the beach. The ocean was large, the sand was dark, and we found lines. We found angles. We didn’t have to move a thing. We just watched and shot. Mother nature was most accommodating. And our lead off shot, shows the soft lines and natural angles of an angel.
My mom was partial to Lighthouses. Whenever I see one I feel her looking over my shoulder. These are all within a few miles of my home. I can’t see them from here, but I do see light from the Farallon Island lighthouse from time to time.
I love this stretch of coast. It can get pretty wild at high tide and quite tame at low tide. Late afternoon I took my camera for a walk. In case you missed it, yesterday I shot big surf video at the pier and challenged the camera’s reputation for being slash proof. It worked fine today for both stills and HD Video.
We call this area Boat Docks. Is sits at the base of an area called Pedro Point. It’s one of my favorite buildings in town. Today, toward sunset, the tide was low and returning. Gulls bathed in the fresh water from San Pedro Valley Creek as it emptied into the Pacific. This morning, at high tide, I would have been standing in 3 feet of water taking this shot.
We visited Peru a few years back and made two stops in Cusco. At 13,000 feet it takes your breath away. Then there’s the mountains above Cusco; higher and mightier. At the end of our stay we had the lungs to hike the hills and got above the city.
The fog played around Machu Picchu, sometimes obscuring it and sometimes framing it.