View From Hawk Hill During Heat Wave Vanquishment

Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands: Perhaps one of the most spectacular natural weather phenomenon is the rapid formation of fog along the west coast of the United States. When I arrived at Hawk Hill today it was about 70 degrees; it was mild, and no fog. The last two days on the hill, the temperature had reached 99 degrees, quite extraordinary for this location. Of course on the hill, raptors are the main attraction. I saw two Broad-winged hawks at a distance as well as a juvenile Bald Eagle flying parallel to the Golden Gate Bridge and a Golden Eagle high over the eastern hills.

Most of the birds were pretty far away, some came in fairly close like the Red-winged hawks and Coopers. I was able to use some pointers on visual distinctions between sharpies and coops that a birding friend taught me. There were a good number of coops but only 2 or 3 sharpies; I could recognize some distinction. It’s amazing how the veteran birders can call species, gender and age at what only appears as a spec in my bins!

At about 1230 the temperature started to drop and the wind picked up significantly and I saw the first finger of fog move over the Presidio toward the bridge. The picture above was about 20 minutes later, and then in another 10 minutes the bridge and city vanished. Five minutes after that Hawk-Hill was totally engulfed and the hawkers started to pack-up. The fog never ceases to amaze me, what a wonderful gift; a heat wave is vanquished in about an hour!


  • margitta 3y

    wonderful shot
  • Larry 3y

    Beautiful processing!! Great photographic eye!!
  • maryloly guerrero 3y

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  • Marion CW 3y

    A spectacular photo and your description is interesting to read and contributes much to the feelings prompted by your photo.
  • Hugh Stickney 3y

    Awesome shot, educational words!
  • Rey Pettis 3y

    Beautiful shot!
  • Ricardo_X 3y

    Spectacular photo of the layer of fog coming in -- it shows no fog down at sea level and nothing above 800 feet. As you know, I've spent a lot of time in that fog, and it's always a wonder, especially when in the misty thick of it, or looking down on it.
  • Felix Rigau 3y

    Nice pic ... I was riding back on my bike to SF from Marin when I entered the "twilight zone" ... the temps plummeted and a refreshing fog greeted me. A great day of contrast and changes!
  • Jack Sutton 3y

    Felix Rigau Such a wonderful place we live!
  • Jack Sutton 3y

    Ricardo_X I remember the first time I experienced was at Baker Beach, you were probably with me! Quite a contrast from Fort Eustis!
  • naturelover2007 3y

    Fabulous shot. It is such a beautiful scene.
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Taken on October 3, 2012
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