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Drakes Bay, Fog

Drakes Bay, Fog. Point Reyes National Seashore, California. August 18, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Fog bank suspended above the surface of Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore.


What could possibly go together more naturally than fog and Point Reyes? Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Point Reyes National Seashore is one of those treasures that is close enough that I can manage to visit frequently and throughout the year. However, I'm still trying to "get my mind around" the place as a photographic subject. Some aspects of it are relatively easy to see in photographic terms - these include some of the wildlife (such as elephant seals and tule elk), the tall and rocky coastal bluffs and the beaches often found below them, and certain beaches. Others are not, at least for me, so obvious. I find that some very beautiful things, such as the dense forests of short trees, hills covered with dry grasses and scattered bushes, and fog shrouded valleys, are not always easy subjects from which to make effective photographs.


This scene (if "scene" is the word for it) could be almost anywhere in along the hundreds of miles of the California Pacific coast, and it belongs to my "minimalist seascape" thread, something I've been attracted to for a while now. On this afternoon I had decided to go to Limantour Beach, hoping for sun and enough clarity in the air that I could make some photographs across Drakes Bay that I've been thinking about. Earlier in the day, things looked promising for that, but when I arrived the fog bank was hovering just along the shoreline and making its way inland nearby. Looking a bit more to the south, the sky was clear - and in between these areas there was a wonderful play of light between the areas covered by fog and the occasional gaps where more light still shone through.


I have been there a couple of times this month and on both occasions I had... fog!


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on August 18, 2012