Bodega Bay – Off to the Coast

I love the sound of crashing waves. Didn’t think about it much, but once I heard it I felt like taking in all the salty air. A bunch of photographers headed out to Bodega Bay a couple of weekends ago to remember Greg Morris. Bodega Bay played a funny sort of part in his life. A year ago along with other photographers, Greg had a misadventure in Bodega Bay. He ended up with a feral cat. Greg saw a cat in need, and couldn’t say no. Enough said.

Two hours west of Sacramento we entered the town of Bodega.

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Town of Bodega proudly shows off its connection to Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock set his film, The Birds on the Sonoma coast and used Bodega and Bodega Bay. Stopping at The Bodega Country Store we are greeted outside by Alfred Hitchcock. It felt like scenes from The Birds with all the memorabilia displayed. The St.Teresa of Avila Catholic Church located down the block was featured in the movie.  Since it was a Sunday, the church parking lot was full, and I didn’t get the landmark shot.

Meeting up with Greg’s friends and family we reminisced, took a group photo, and made our way to Goat Rock Beach,  the acquisition site of said feral cat.  Memorial came together and we each said good bye to a good friend.

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We set up this memorial site on Goat Rock Beach
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Goat Rock Beach cloaked in a layer of fog.
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Earth moving machine left to rust on the beach.
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I see all kinds of creatures scurrying up the beach
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View of Goat Rock Head
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Look out! Waves are coming.
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All the colors of the Pacific Ocean
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Face splashed. Can you see it?
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Something about the rock’s surface caught my eye.
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This Sea Gull posed for my camera

After lunch we drive to another part of Bodega Bay. This beach had a different look to it.

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Staircase down to Bodega Head Beach. Sand washed away with much rain this winter making the staircase wobble. Beautiful ice plants on the side.
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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach
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Mussels all around
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The plant life gives color to the rocky shore
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Plant life on the California coast. Growing in the beach sand appears this daisy like flower. Do you know the name of this plant. Leaves remind me of Lamb’s Ear.
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Sea Gulls. Couldn’t help it! At least it was not crows. Thank goodness.
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I am mesmerized by the crashing waves.
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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach
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I love the textures, splash of color, and patterns found on Bodega Head Beach.
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Later in the day looking down on the Bodega Head Beach. Gorgeous!
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Ice plants in the foreground, Sonoma coast heading north as far as the eye can see.

We head home as the light is leaving us, and look for places to stop along the way.

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Different layers of green enhance the landscape.
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Pulled off to the side of the road to capture this idyllic farm scene. Fog moving in from the coast.
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More impressive than the sunset is the fog rolling in from the coast.

I so enjoyed my time on the Sonoma coast. I took this trip three weeks ago, and it takes me  some time to post this adventure. Maybe I need the time to process in my mind how I feel about my images. Friends of mine get their images up online, sometimes before I even get home. Do I need to work faster? I think that would be too much like a job, and not an act of fun. Still pondering and looking for a workflow that meets my needs, yet keeps the interest of my readers. Toying with the idea of starting a “Sneak Peak” short post, followed by a more complete one.

We shall see. All I know is that I enjoy getting out and seeing new things with my camera along for the ride.

 

 

 

 

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