Sunday, April 22, 2018

Marin Headlands

I drove west from the Golden Gate Bridge to hike out to the Point Bonita Lighthouse on Saturday April 21st. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is only open on Sundays. So, I made the best of it and hiked the hills overlooking Rodeo Beach. Some relatively easy uphill hiking brought me to what I believe was Hill 88, which was ~1000 feet above the nearby ocean. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday...a few pictures are posted below.
View looking east from Point Bonita. The Golden Gate Bridge is on the horizon.
The Point Bonita Lighthouse is situated behind this sea stack. Unfortunately, the tunnel giving access to the lighthouse was closed.
Looking down on Rodeo Beach.
The hills towering above Rodeo Beach and Point Bonita.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maacama Fault - Willits, CA

Traveling north through Willits, CA with coworkers, we stopped in town to view the slow warping of city streets due to creep occurring along the Maacama Fault. We stopped to take pictures at a vacant bank parking lot, where shearing forces from fault motion were clearly displayed.  A crack in the pavement ran from the southwest corner of the bank northwest across the drive-through section of the property, and then continued north-northwest across the remainder of the bank parking lot, where it exited the property beneath a fence.  Slabs of concrete used as a pseudo-curb along the north section of the parking lot where shearing away due to 6-8 mm/year of fault creep.  The previously mentioned fence on the far north side of the property also showed signs of warpage.  Pictures of the fault are displayed below.

Pavement shearing apart due to creep on the Maacama Fault.  Looking south.
Another view of the pavement breaking apart due to the fault.  Looking south.
Slabs of concrete breaking apart and being carried toward the north due to 6-8 mm/year of fault creep. Note the cracks in the parking lot pavement, which offer another marker for the fault location.
Warped fence sitting atop the fault.
Location of the pictures in Willits, CA.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

January Landscape Photography Archive: Part II


Interstate-40. Downtown Oklahoma City, OK.
Beach in Humboldt County, CA.
Virginia City, NV.
Beach near Trinidad, CA.
Mouth of the Klamath River emptying into the Pacific Ocean.

Monday, January 08, 2018

January Landscape Photography Archive

Various landscape photographs from the past 5 years:

Decker Way. Juneau, AK.
KTOO Juneau Public Radio. Juneau, AK.
Downtown Juneau, Alaska.
Ice climbers climbing Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau, AK.
Lynn Canal, in the vicinity of Juneau, AK.
Cruise boat docked in Juneau, AK.
Pre-dawn hours over Las Vegas, NV.
Southern Nevada sunrise.
Sunset over Lake Las Vegas, NV.
Death Valley, CA.
Rhyolite, Nevada.
Death Valley, CA.
"The Strip." Las Vegas, NV.
Death Valley, CA.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November Landscape Photography: #2

Eureka, CA.
Zion Canyon. Zion National Park, Utah.
Mission District mural, San Francisco, CA.
Mission District mural, San Francisco, CA.

November Landscape Photography

In the continuing series of greatest misses, here is a sample of pictures that didn't make the final cut in my photography portfolio.

High surf at the north spit, Eureka, CA.
High surf impacting the coast near Eureka, CA.
High surf during the fall of 2017 near Eureka, CA.
Waves crashing against the north spit near Eureka, CA. Fall 2017.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Toroweap Grand Canyon Adventure with Dreamland Safari Tours

During late September I booked a 24 hour trip to a magical section of the Grand Canyon called Toroweap through a company called Dreamland Safari Tours, who are based out of Kanab, Utah.  The trip started at the Dreamland headquarters, where a group of 9, myself included, departed on a 60+ mile journey across the scrubland of northern Arizona. The ride was deceptively smooth until the last few miles, at which point high clearance 4x4 capabilities became a necessity.  My group of mainly photographers headed to the canyon rim for sunset shots while the Dreamland guides set up camp.  After photographing the glowing canyon walls through sunset, the group returned to camp and enjoyed a steak dinner completely prepared by our guides. After dinner, we lingered beneath the stars, and then retired to individual tents.  We awoke the next morning for sunrise photography, followed by a 5-star breakfast. We then headed back to Kanab, and I was in my car heading toward Zion 24 hours after beginning my Grand Canyon adventure.  I don't normally post advertisements to this blog, but if you are looking for a unique wilderness experience along the rim of the Grand Canyon, I highly recommend investigating Dreamland Safari Tours and their 24-hour Toroweap package.

American flag at the Toroweap ranger station.
The road leading to Toroweap.
Toroweap viewpoint...my sunset photography spot.
This is the crack in the rock that I should have photographed during sunrise photography.
Dreamland Safari Tours guide and manager Will James.
The western edge of the Colorado Plateau is located at the side canyon positioned in the center-left portion of this picture.
Photographer and vloger making sunset photography.
Sunrise over the Grand Canyon.
The path to Zion Canyon Overlook.
Zion Canyon Overlook.
Kanarraville Falls - Kanarraville, Utah.