Point Reyes National Seashore is a treasure. Located only 25 miles or so north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the seashore was established in 1962 (and expanded to its current boundaries in 1972), protecting this land from development and preserving it for many generations to enjoy.
The seashore includes designated wilderness areas, jewels on the edge of the San Francisco Bay metro area. Drakes Estero, subject of the header image on this and many pages in website, is one such designated wilderness area. Much of the seashore lies west of the San Andreas rift zone and the geologic formations in the park match those in the Tehachapi Mountains, 300 miles to the south. The tall sandstone bluffs along Drakes Bay are reminiscent of the cliffs along the Channel Coast of England. The western point in the headlands, home to the lighthouse, sits about 12 miles west of the main shoreline and at 500 ft above sea level makes a great place to watch the annual migration of the California Grey Whale.
As a volunteer docent in the winter months, I enjoy many hours talking with park visitors and taking in the natural scene. I am fortunate to be able to spend off duty hours with my camera gear, capturing the ever-changing scene.
I ask your forgiveness for including one monochrome image in this collection. The dock and marine railway at the Historic Lifeboat Station are very graphic subjects, well suited for “black & white.”
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