Wednesday, January 18, 2017



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. 
Sunrise, Drake's Beach

Drake's Beach Cliffs

Beach, Cliffs, and Hills
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 landscapes.

Resting Elephant Seal

The Snozz

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. 
Coastal Oak

The Moon and the Land
Vineyard and Hills

A Lone Tree
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.

Happy Elephant Seal

Three Young Elephant Seals at Play
Soon 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 notable.
Tule Elk Grazing

Tule Elk Bull

Enough Already
At 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.

Reflected Light

Sunset Color on the Beach

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