Today we were off for sunrise at Drake’s Beach in Pt. Reyes National Seashore. It is located about 30 miles North of San Francisco and has lovely long beach views, cliffs, tule elk, and elephant seals, and much more.
We headed first to the beach to get sunrise color on the cliffs, and beach, and then the beautiful curving shoreline.
Very close to where we initially set up was a large elephant seal
lounging on the beach. He was not at all interested in us. Got a few shots here
but the light was not great. Tried several different approaches to the
|Sunrise, Drake's Beach|
|Drake's Beach Cliffs|
|Beach, Cliffs, and Hills|
|Resting Elephant Seal|
After breakfast at the Station House Café in Pt. Reyes Station we went out once again with cameras in hand. We found some lovely rolling hills with coast live oaks, as well as some picturesque farms and vineyards.
We then headed for the area of
the beach where there are a number of elephant seals. We walked to the overlook
and saw some frolicking off shore. They were quite a distance away but I got a
couple of storytelling photos.
it was time to head back to the beach for Sunset light. Along the way we came
across the small herd of Tule Elk we had seen early in the morning. After the
initial shooting I changed lenses to my Canon 100-400 with the 1.4
teleconverter. The images were much improved and the enlarged image size was
the beach I was disappointed with the light. We basically were in the same
locale as the morning, but the sun gods were not favorable for photography at least from my perspective. I did make the most of it though.
|The Moon and the Land|
|Vineyard and Hills|
|A Lone Tree|
|Happy Elephant Seal|
|Three Young Elephant Seals at Play|
|Tule Elk Grazing|
|Tule Elk Bull|