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.