SS Red Oak Victory Ship

The SS Red Oak Victory Ship provides a rich venue for my photography during our afternoon in Richmond, California. Just a short drive from Point Richmond.

As soon as I found myself on board I was drawn to using parts of the ship to create frames in my compositions.  One afternoon is just enough time to get an overview photographically. I plan to return here and explore more of this ship.

 

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Reflection in a port hole

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Faces follow me!

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As seen from the SS Red Oak Victory

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By the dock of the bay

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Selfie

So much to see on board. These are just a few of the rooms I explored. A bit of humor found in the hospital quarters. I tried to imagine what it would be like to cook for the entire crew. The size of the mixer gave me a clue.

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Wandering up and down the hallway.

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Life boat

New cars unloaded from ships, and heading for auto dealers here in the USA. Cyclists stop by on the dock. A sailboat taking in the tranquility of the afternoon.

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Last stop was the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park. It didn’t look promising for a great sunset, so we headed home.

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Anne and I take advantage of the late afternoon sun to show off some height!

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A great day for history, fun, and good photography.

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Point Reyes National Seashore: Ocean Calling, but first explore the area’s history.

My friends know that I am drawn to the ocean. So we head to Point Reyes on a Saturday morning.

First stop is the Bear Valley Visitor Center where we meet with other photographers from Exploring Photography Meet Up. Laura picks up a hat, and I purchase a tee shirt celebrating the National Parks 100 year anniversary. 100% cotton, and made in the U.S.A.

We head out for a hike. Following the Earthquake Trail This is not my first time on this trail, but this time I have my Nikon with me.

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Easy, short 1 mile hike

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Serene lush setting

The San Andreas Fault line runs through the Point Reyes National Seashore area. The Pacific plate moves 2 inches per year, but on April 18, 1906 a 7.8 earthquake caused the Point Reyes peninsula moved 20 feet northwestward. The San Francisco earthquake caused much damage due in part to the fires that followed.

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Walking along the San Andreas Fault line

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Bird grabs a blackberry

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Morning Glory

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Quiet bench along the way

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Spider web captures the sun

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Hanging moss

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Profile of relaxing pose

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Elephant running

 

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Much information to assist in preparation for the “Big One”

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Don’t ignore the power of mother nature!

This meet-up has set up an itinerary, but the schedule allows for some changes. Before we head to our next destination, we pay homage to the infamous S.S.Point Reyes. This 380 ft. cargo ship is grounded on a sandbar in Tomales Bay. Located in the town of Inverness this ship has been a magnet for photographers. It was towed to its location, and was never shipwrecked. The protected inland area allowed the slow decay of this vessel. Until one night about 6 months ago when it accidentally caught fire during a photo shoot. Damage was done to the back end, and there is a question as to how long it will remain here. There are so many photographs that I was not totally interested in capturing it myself. But  how can I resist. Recommended time for shooting is the golden hour, but with fog that was not going to happen. Anyway, I Iike the foggy atmosphere.

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A perfect photographic spot to end its journey.

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I played around with some processing techniques. It is not hard to see this as a painting.

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During the earthquake in 1906, the pier in Tomales Bay sustained considerable movement. During restoration it was found to be curved, and 12 feet shorter.

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Bailey’s pier at Inverness

Our next stop was to Abbott’s Lagoon. Here my friends and I encountered an easy trail with much nature to photograph. Now that I am home I can learn about some of the plants in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

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This is a thistle, but I’m not sure which kind. I like the splash of color it lends to the area.

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Even with closer photographs my chart to identify this plant is lacking.

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My path forward

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California Quail

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There was a crooked tree…

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This black beetle may have landed on some Cow Parsnip.

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Two friends resting

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Abbott’s Lagoon trail

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This may be Brownie Thistle

Our next stop was Pierce Point Ranch. No sign of promised sun, and we picnicked nearby. I was surprised by how many dairy farms were located so close to the coast. Pierce Ranch was one of the most successful dairy ranches in the area, and the buildings provide some interesting photo opportunities.

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I like the way the fence leads your eye to the farm house.

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Lovely light in this barn

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Foggy and cool

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Outhouse

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Reflections and foggy

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Reflections and a peek through the door

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Self guided tour through the farm complex

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Goldfields

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This interesting bumble bee is targeting this yellow wildflower.

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I can’t identify the flower, but the bee sure knows what he wants.

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Monochromatic capture

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Though the fog I see the Pacific Ocean

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Careful not to step on this catarpillar

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Farmhouse scene

As we were leaving the Pierce Point Ranch area we finally see some Tule Elk. This is also home for the Tule Elk Preserve.

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Tule Elk

Still hoping for sun we head to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Too foggy to even see the lighthouse.

We head to North Beach, and here comes the sun. Yeah!

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Only a part of North Beach is open for the public.

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Finally get to hear the roar of the ocean waves!

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Wildflowers along Point Reyes North Beach

Great day, and a big thank you to my friends Anne, Laura, and Linda!

Until the coastal waters call to me again.

 

Exploring San Francisco

It’s been a while since my husband and I got away. So when my grandson was off on a Tuesday we headed out.  First we voted. David got to the voting place and was first on line. All seemed in order, except there were no ballots. Straightened out quickly, and off we went.

Heading west, we made our usual stop at the Vallejo Rest Stop.

Then the GPS guided us to the Lands End Lookout. This is the site of the Sutro Baths. The Visitor Center is worth seeing. As a photographer, the old images were amazing. The building is designed for good viewing. I found out that the climate is usually very different from other parts of the city. It is windy, cloudy and misty. Sacramento hit the 100 degree mark a couple of times this past week. What a change, and to think we just traveled two hours.

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Land’s End Visitor Center

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Ruins of the Sutro Baths

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I love how the colors cling to the cliff

Next time I will follow the path down to the Baths and explore the caves.

This image was taken with my new Panasonic LUMIX zs50

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More flowers leading to the Sutro Baths

This trip I used some lighter gear. I brought my 4/3 mirrorless Olympus OMD-E5. I mainly used my 12-50mm lens, and my 75mm 1.8 lens. I also brought along my newest toy, the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. I purchased this  super zoom point & shoot from Costco. Light and easy to use, and I wanted to see what kind of images I could get on mainly auto/ aperture and program modes.

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SOme depth of field seen here  Not bad at all.

The box says it is a compact travel camera. I want to be able to hand the camera to someone so that I can get in the picture, sometimes. Also, this was a getaway, and not a photoshoot with my photo buddies.

Parking was super easy, and free. Much to my surprise. We headed to the Cliff House for a different view of the Sutro Baths. There are a couple of eateries that take advantage of the great views, but we didn’t partake.

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Historic Cliff House

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Home of Camera Obscura

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Interesting, but it was closed this Tuesday. Next time!

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Ocean Beach with no sun bathers

Just a lonely fisherman.

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Captured this image with my super zoom

We were getting hungry so we headed to our next destination, Pier 23 Cafe off the Embarcadero.  Diners, Drive Ins and Dives visited this place and David wanted to try it, though he could not remember what Guy ate. The clam chowder was tasty. We ordered the SF Crab and Shrimp sandwich to share. Did I say we were hungry? Sandwich was good, but the crab and shrimp could have been more flavorful.

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Just H2O. Dined outside, in the shade.

This place is Dog Friendly.

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VIsiting pooch

Rested, we walked up to Pier 39 to hang out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Lots to see. Lots to photograph.

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Good name for this eatery

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Pier 39  Fisherman’s Wharf

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Imagine a whole shop for Left-Handed people

I found a shop called Bow Wow and had to check it out. LOoked hard, and even found Schnoodle Wear!

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Cartoonist trying to capture this family

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Scene from Forest Gump

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Ahh! Huddling together.

I’m impressed with this new camera.

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Now that is one hungry person!

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I prefer Ben & Jerry’s. We indulged.

Walking along the Embarcadero we were entertained.

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Spray paint artist creates scene of San Francisco

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Musician plays a melodic tune

Walked a lot. Now tired, our day away was over. Unfortunately, we should have paid more attention to the time, and avoid getting stuck in traffic. CAught some images while stuck in rush hour traffic.

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1968 Plymouth

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Amusing License Plate and no tail fins!

David came prepared with 3 discs full of surf music. So we surfed on home to Sacramento.  Fun day!

 

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.