Shimmering in the Fading Light
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Looking northwest from just beneath the summit of the eastern peak of Mt. Tamalpais, Lake Lagunitas and Bon Tempe Lake (the furthest body of water) shimmer in the fading light at sunset. In the distance, a layer of fog coming in from the Pacific Ocean covers the land beneath the amber glow on the horizon.
This picture was taken on June 29 when Eric Dugan and I extensively toured Marin County here in California. After fog had obscured our view from the headlands of the Golden Gate Bridge, we drove to the East Peak of Mt. Tam (as it is known locally). Our hope was to get above the layer of fog so that we could continue shooting pictures. We arrived there as the light was beginning to fade, so we hurriedly paid the parking fee and began scrambling up the long, steep and dirt and rock path from the parking lot towards the peak--which stands at 2,571 feet (784m).
As I hurriedly climbed the path, I realized that I might not make it to the summit before the sun had set. So, over half way up, I paused for a few minutes to set up my tripod on an outcrop of rock at the edge of the cliff and took this shot. It is looking northwest from the peak. Having regained my breath, I began running up the the trail again. At the summit, I found Eric taking some great shots overlooking the Bay Area.
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