Landscape Mantra

Stripted to its basics, this is a photograph of weeping willows and other trees surrounding a calm body of water. There’s a mottled sky overhead and no people to be seen. My additional goal for this image, besides rendering the landscape well, was to create in the viewer a meditative state that arises from seeing this view. I am well aware that it’s a conceit to believe I can but just trying was well worth the effort.

Point Reyes Seashore

God’s Country

Point Reyes National Seashore Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,000+ acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California. To cut to the chase, it’s one of the most stunning places you’ll ever see.

North Beach at Point Reyes Beach is the northern access point to an 11-mile long beach on the west side of Point Reyes National Seashore. Beachcombing is probably the biggest activity here with a huge expanse of beach and powerful waves hurling goodies onto the sand. You can walk for miles in both directions and drift logs provide resting options along the shore, but don’t go swimming there because there’s a rip tide and undertow.

I took this photo a couple of years ago when lighthouse access was still possible. A lot of that area is now closed for significant repairs to the lighthouse. One of these days we’ll get down to the beach itself, though it doesn’t look like it will be this year.