Part 2 in my Tomales Bay clamming series is hi lighted by Eloy Garcia, a man that has been visiting Tomales Bay, California for decades. Eloy’s method of catching his clams differs greatly from the majority of clammers out here. It seems less of an upset to the tidal flats, but harder on the clams as it seems more efficient.
I met Eloy and his friend one morning as I was paddling my kayak around the bay. They intrigued me and promised to be a great subject. This impromptu photo shoot turned out to be one of my favorite series of images I have taken of people.
I had no idea these clams could be so big! Great pictures.
We have the largest variety of clam (geoducks) in the world here on the north west coast of the US and Canada, although New Zealand also has a very large species of the same family. This is also one of the longest lived species of animal in the world, with some specimens over 160 years old. Eloy was also harvesting some other varieties of clams on this day, but the geoducks (pronounced “gooeyduck”) are the most impressive.
beautiful clarity, Galen. I like the goosebumps on his arm.