Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tide Pools

My first visit to the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve took place more than a decade ago when I was a grad school student. Though I have visited the park probably about ten times since, I hadn’t photographed the tide pool area in more than ten years due to access restrictions due to the …

Bean Hollow State Beach

I was originally planning to photograph another beach along the San Mateo Coast but my friend, Gary Crabbe, suggested we shoot Bean Hollow State Beach since I had never been there. This was one of the many gems found in his excellent book, Photographing California – Vol. 1: North – A Guide to the Natural …

Sweeney Ridge

My friend, Gary Crabbe, at his workshops and lectures often gives the advice to determine what you like about a scene then just focus on that and discard the rest (to paraphrase here). I believe that advice was handed down to him from his mentor, Galen Rowell. And it really does work. If there is …

Pacifica

Baylands Nature Preserve

I had just purchased an Induro CT 214 tripod so my initial plans were to explore Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve or Windy Hill Open Space Preserve to take it out for a test but it was just too windy for me when I was up there… (no joke.) I made it about halfway up …

Monterey Cypress Tree Forest

The first time I photographed Fitzgerald Marine Reserve was before social media and photo sharing became a regular part of people’s lives so if I wanted to find off-the-beaten-path places to photograph I had to consult a map, read guide books and just explore. I had no idea what Fitzgerald Marine Reserve was at the …

Foggy Pacifica

As with the Point Reyes National Seashore post, I’m going to be posting some older images in the coming days. I didn’t have a blog back then so it should be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Anyway… This photo was taken up the street from my apartment. I had lived at this …

Foggy San Mateo Coast or Clouded Mind?

The night before I got the shots that I’d always wanted so I really didn’t have any plans for Sunday. I contemplated going over to Mount Diablo State Park, San Jose Mission, and the Pleasanton Ridge. Last time I hiked the Pleasanton Ridge with my friend Marc, we got lost off-trail and had to do …

Edgewood County Park 3-23-05

A wild season: a wild week in the Bay Area. A tornado hit near my neighborhood, and rain, rain and more rain. On the first break in weather in over a week, yesterday I headed to Edgewood County Park in Redwood City to look for wildflowers. I hiked the Serpentine Trail Loop and then the …