San Francisco from Mount Tamalpais

February 28, 2009 · 2 comments

2-236-11  stock photo of California, Marin County, San Francisco and hills from Mount Tamalpais

While working on my book on San Francisco Bay I wanted to get an early morning vista of the bay from the summit of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. After a long pre-dawn drive and clambering in the dark up the final pathway to the summit cabin I managed a number of fair shots in the haze as the sun rose over the Bay. Somewhat dissatisfied I turned back and drove down the mountain, all the while keeping my eye out for additional images.

At a familiar turnoff above Pantoll I pulled over and walked to the crest of the hill overlooking San Francisco. The orange sunrise light had given way to a blue haze above a receding series of hills, with fog in the valleys and the city skyline in the distance. After a series of pleasing shots, I paused and then, from nowhere, a large raptor soared into the frame, hung silently above the silhouetted trees, just long enough for another shot, and then just as silently flew on.

  • pentaxfan

    Very Nice!

  • shalomormsby

    Beautiful and poetic…

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