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I go, I see, I do, I walk, I think, I like…

Rocky Creek Bridge, Surf and Fog


Rocky Creek Bridge, Surf and Fog. Big Sur Coastline, California. February 9, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

A photo. I went to Point Lobos this morning, but arrived before the gates opened. Rather than sit in my car for a half hour I drove south on Highway 1. This was my reward. :-)

February 9, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Ocean | Leave a comment

Time for a Photograph

I just noticed that there are no photographs on this home page – that doesn’t happen very often, so here is a recent photograph.


Bird Rock and Winter Surf, Dusk. Point Lobos State Reserve, California. December 30, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

(A reminder: Photographs are posted daily at my photography web site.)

January 27, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Ocean | Leave a comment

At the Coast, but Not at Mavericks

The famous Mavericks surf competition was held yesterday along the Pacific coast south of San Francisco. Lots of people head out there to try to view (and photograph) the event. (Take a look John Mueller’s photographs at Flickr to get an idea of the crowds, the beautiful weather, and even a bit of surfing.)

I went over that direction, but intentionally stayed away from the scene at Mavericks. It was a wonderful day – where I was it was not too cold, but the surf was tremendous and there was lots of interesting clouds, fog, and light.


Winter Surf, Gulls. South of San Francisco, California. January 12, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.


Winter Surf – Pacific Ocean. South of San Francisco, California. January 12, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

If you go there soon, you’ll find a few others at my Flickr site.

January 13, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Ocean, Photography | Leave a comment

Pelican Flock at Dusk


Pelican Flock, Dusk. Point Lobos State Park, California. December 30, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

December 31, 2007 Posted by | Ocean, Point Lobos | Leave a comment

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Whalers Cove


Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Whalers Cove. Pescadero, California. December 8, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

I had some business in Santa Cruz this weekend – more accurately, my wife had some business there – so I took the opportunity to spent a few hours driving up the coast on Highway 1.

December 9, 2007 Posted by | Ocean, Photography | Leave a comment

Sunset at Point Reyes

The last photo of the day from yesterday’s visit to Point Reyes National Seashore.


September Moon, Pacific Sunset. Point Reyes National Seashore, California. September 18, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

You’d never know it from this peaceful image, but the wind was blowing so hard I could barely stand up straight!

September 19, 2007 Posted by | Ocean | Leave a comment

Early Morning, San Francisco Bay

EarlyMorningSFBay2006|07|17: Early Morning, San Francisco Bay. July 17, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.    keywords: san francisco bay color photograph early morning boats

Early Morning, San Francisco Bay. July 17, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Not exactly my usual story for this web site, but yesterday I went on a San Francisco Bay Area urban adventure.

Since it was a “Spare the Air Day” due to heat and smog, all of the transit systems in the Bay Area were offering free rides – this included buses, trains, ferries, light rail.

I decided to take advantage of the situation and head to San Francisco without the need to worry about driving or parking. I picked up a free bus across the street from my home, and less than 10 minutes later I was getting on a free CalTrain “Baby Bullet” commuter train to San Francisco.

I got off the train in San Francisco at almost exactly 7:00 a.m. and quickly got on a free muni train along the waterfront. I quickly realized that I would have a lot more interesting photography opportunities on foot than on the train, so I got off two stops later and began walking north along the waterfront. I stopped to investigate the Ferry Building and discovered that, yes, the ferries were also free today – so I took a gratuitous free ferry across the north bay to Larkspur and back.

After returning I resumed my walk along the waterfront, eventually getting beyond Fisherman’s Wharf. At this point I turned around, walking back to pick up the free historic trolley running back along the waterfront. I rode this to near the Ferry Building and finally walked the last part back to the train station and my trip home.
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July 18, 2006 Posted by | Ocean | Comments Off on Early Morning, San Francisco Bay

Pacific Ocean Near Pigeon Point

NearPigeonPointHoriz2006|03|17: Pacific Ocean Near Pigeon Point. March 17, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Pacific Ocean Near Pigeon Point. March 17, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

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March 17, 2006 Posted by | Ocean | Comments Off on Pacific Ocean Near Pigeon Point

Pacific Ocean, San Gregorio

SanGregorio2006|02|03: Pacific Ocean. San Gregorio State Park. February 3, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Pacific Ocean. Near San Gregorio State Beach. February 3, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

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February 3, 2006 Posted by | Ocean | Comments Off on Pacific Ocean, San Gregorio

Birds, Surf, Sand

BeachSurfBirds2006|01|14: Birds, Surf, and Sand. Davenport Landing. January 14, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Birds, Surf, Sand. Davenport Landing. January 14, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

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January 14, 2006 Posted by | Ocean | Comments Off on Birds, Surf, Sand

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