Category Archives: kayak photography

Oysterscapes: An Essay of Photos


Water seems to be a central theme here in this bucolic stretch of northern California. With Tomales Bay and Drake’s Estero, here in my lap, I find myself hardly able to escape aquaculture during my many paddlings. Millions of visitors … Continue reading

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Bobcats: An essay in photos


Over the years I have come across many bobcats. The most meanigful encounters I have had were while kayaking. Most of my photographs of bobcats were taken in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Here are some of those images- And … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #22: Bobcat stalking the shores of Tomales Bay


This image was in a recent photo essay that I posted, and due to its popularity, I am going to write a little about what went into capturing this image. First of all this photo was taken from my kayak. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #9: Harbor Seal portrait


I captured this image the first time I took my dad kayaking. It was early one afternoon in Tomales Bay, when the winds were calm. While I have seen many seals on the bay, we were lucky on this day … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #5: Bubble Jelly in Drake’s Estero


This is a picture I took while kayaking in Drake’s Estero, a body of water lying within the Point Reyes National Seashore, one of my local parks. This one was simple to take. I have a small, digital point and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #3: Great Egret hunting in the fog


This image was made while kayaking early one morning on Drake’s Estero. When I saw this egret on the local oyster farm’s racks, I knew right away that I wanted a vertical orientation to the picture. The structure of the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo # 14: Three Willets in pickleweed


As I look through my photographs of animal images, I notice more and more that there are two main lighting conditions that most of my favorite portraits were taken in- early/late low angle sun, or else while the subject was … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #42: Fallen star


Paddling along Tomales Bay in my kayak one day, at a very low tide, I came across a star fish whose own weight had peeled it off of the rocks. I was enthralled by the various textures and shapes, the … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Turnstone


The Black Turnstone is one of the sandpipers that winters along the entire Pacific Coastline of the United States and of parts south. You may have seen my fairly recent post of Turnstones bathing on the shores of Tomales Bay, … Continue reading

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The Red-necked Phalarope: One of the littlest birds that could


New This is one of the funnest little birds that I know of to watch, and one of the more remarkable. I often see them on the bays near where I live during as they migrate between the arctic where … Continue reading

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The Elegant Tern of the Seasons (and no, “auto-correct” did not goof the title)


New Orion twinkled above me as I slid my kayak into the water this morning. I clicked off my headlamp and paddled into the slowly brightening day, my paddlerocketing me my gentle paddle strokes easing me into the coming adventure. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #81: The Least Sandpiper


New While kayaking one day along the shores of Tomales Bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore, I saw a small flock of Least Sandpipers land, then begin methodically working their way along the line between land and sea. It … Continue reading

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