Headlands Profiled by a Winter Dawn, Point Reyes National Seashore
I’ve added a new collection to my website: images from Point Reyes National Seashore. The only national seashore on the west coast, Point Reyes is a national treasure.
Located only 25 miles or so north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the seashore preserves rich biologic, geologic and cultural resources. The seashore includes multiple designated wilderness areas where it is indeed possible to get totally away from the hustle and bustle of the urban Bay Area. The San Andreas rift zone defines the eastern edge of the park, making it a good place to view plate tectonics (hopefully almost) in action. The western tip of Point Reyes is home to the lighthouse and, some 12 miles west of the main shoreline and 500 feet above sea level is a great place to watch the annual migration of the grey whale.
The Point Reyes collection is located in Gallery One on my website. Please enjoy!
Return to Wildness
The image at the top of this and many pages in my website is entitled “Return to Wildness.” I captured the image on the shore of Schooner Bay in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore. Drakes Estero became a designated wilderness area in 1976. After a long legal battle, commercial oystering operations in the estero ceased at the end of 2014. The Park Service has removed the oyster processing buildings and is continues to remove remaining remnants of commercial operations from the estero.
I shot the image at dawn on a very quiet Sunday morning in February 2015. The image is a panorama assembled from seven individual frames. The composite TIFF file is a very high resolution image that can be printed up to 60 inches wide (and 17 inches high). The header image is, of course, much smaller at only 990 pixels wide.
I have the opportunity to photograph at Point Reyes in the winter months. More than any other image I’ve taken at Point Reyes National Seashore, this image conveys the sense of peace and tranquility of the North Coast that I seek to capture in much of my photography.
Posted in Aesthetics, Marin County, North Coast of California, Photography, Point Reyes National Seashore, Technique
Tagged California, Marin County, North Coast, Point Reyes National Seashore, Quiet, Wilderness