Road Trip, Part 6 – Alameda, Albany, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Bolinas Lagoon and beach, CA, Sept. 21-28/14


Mudflats along the San Leandro channel, which separates Alameda from Bay Farm Island, usually host a multitude of shorebirds and waterfowl, and are just a few minutes stroll from the Levy’s home in Alameda. There is a nice walk that I take along this piece of San Francisco bay shoreline at least a few times on every visit, and I’ve taken many, many photos of the birds over the last few years.

Alameda mixed flock

Alameda – mixed flock takes to the grass at high tide

Alameda mixed flock

Alameda – mixed flock

Alameda avocet

Alameda – avocet

Alameda curlew

Alameda – curlew

Alameda curlews

Alameda – curlews

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Alameda – snowy egret stirs up the water to reveal prey

Alameda Least Sandpipers

Alameda – least sandpipers

Alameda female mallard

Alameda – female mallard

Alameda Marbled Godwit

Alameda – marbled godwit

Alameda whimbrel

Alameda – whimbrel

Alameda spotted sandpiper

Alameda – spotted sandpiper

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Alameda – black-bellied plovers

Alameda mixed flock

Alameda – mixed flock: willets, godwits,  western sandpipers

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Alameda – Crowne Beach: ring-billed gulls

I usually find many subjects for photography elsewhere in the area, including the homes and ornamental gardens of the East Bay.

Berries

Berries

Ornamental cactus

Ornamental cactus

Leaf

Leaf

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house

Albany house decorative maple

Albany house decorative maple

Flower

Flower

Flower

Flower

Flower

Flower

Gladiola

Gladiola

Gladiola

Gladiola

Gladiola

Gladiola

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Albany psychedelic garden

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Flo, at home in Albany

The former Alameda Naval Air Station has acres of defunct or re-purposed buildings, along with the carrier Hornet and other ships. A blog last year presented photos from a visit to the Hornet.

The former Alameda Naval Air Station

The former Alameda Naval Air Station

The former Alameda Naval Air Station

The former Alameda Naval Air Station

Port of Oakland cranes, from the former Alameda Naval Air Station

Port of Oakland cranes, from the former Alameda Naval Air Station

Muir Woods (a forest of redwoods and other trees) is named, of course, for John Muir, the preeminent American apostle of wilderness, and the founder of the Sierra Club. John Muir was, for me, a great inspiration, as he has been for so many other lovers of nature. Thus, I won’t complain too loudly about the crowds that besieged Muir Woods on a weekday in September. It was an article of faith for Muir that the preservation of the wild required that people were directly introduced to it.  Indeed, he would have been, I believe, gratified to see the number of foreign visitors to the woods that day. They probably out-numbered the American citizens that walked the paths alongside them. Muir Woods is an incredible vest pocket wilderness hidden in a side canyon of Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, only a few miles from the millions of inhabitants of San Francisco and the Bay Area. I made the following photos on a two hour walk Kathy and I took along the main paths of the Monument, which both follow the creek and parallel it along an adjacent hillside. I could have easily spent the entire day.

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The entry

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Sign at the entrance station

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Sign a short ways into the Monument

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Split redwood trunk

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Gifford Pinchot tree

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Three trees

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On the hillside trail

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On the hillside trail

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On the hillside trail

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On the hillside trail

Redwood Creek

Redwood Creek

Redwood Creek

Redwood Creek

Bay tree

Bay tree

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Redwoods and shrubbery

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Berries

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Gnarled redwoods

Muir Beach is located a few minutes drive downstream from Muir Woods.

Muir Beach sign

Muir Beach sign

Muir Beach sign, along the boardwalk that crosses over the creek

Muir Beach sign, along the boardwalk that crosses over the creek

Muir Beach sign, along the boardwalk that crosses over the creek

Muir Beach sign, along the boardwalk that crosses over the creek

Flotsam at Muir Beach

Flotsam at Muir Beach

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Muir Beach jellyfish

Gulls atop a rock at Muir Beach

Gulls atop a rock at Muir Beach

Surf rescue training at Muir Beach

Surf rescue training at Muir Beach

A few miles to the north of Muir Beach lies the fabulous Bolinas Lagoon, with an egret rookery in the redwoods, seals and lots of other waterbirds.

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This was one of a pair of black-crowned night herons that were relaxing alongside the road

This was one of a pair of black-crowned night herons that were relaxing alongside the road

This was one of a pair of black-crowned night herons that were relaxing alongside the road. Seals are seen snoozing beyond.

A pair of seals rides the outgoing tide from the lagoon

A pair of seals rides the outgoing tide from the lagoon

Looking west over Bolinas Lagoon towards the tidal river

Looking west over Bolinas Lagoon towards the tidal river

Bolinas Beach sits to the north of the tidal river. Stinson Beach is opposite.

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A fishing boat enters the tidal river, at ebb tide. Bolinas Beach is to the right. Stinson Beach is to the left.

A "groin" helps protect the mouth of the tidal river

A “groin” helps protect the mouth of the tidal river

A "groin" helps protect the mouth of the tidal river

A “groin” helps protect the mouth of the tidal river

A fishing boat navigates the surf at the mouth of the tidal river

A fishing boat navigates the surf at the mouth of the tidal river. View to the south.

A fishing boat navigates the surf at the mouth of the tidal river

A fishing boat navigates the surf at the mouth of the tidal river. View to the south.

A fishing boat comes to shore alongside the town of Bolinas to offload fish and equipment

A fishing boat comes to shore in the tidal river alongside the town of Bolinas, to offload fish and equipment

Chinese container ship on its way to San Francisco Bay

Chinese container ship on its way to San Francisco Bay

Fishing party boat heading home

Fishing party boat heading home

Surfer at Bolinas Beach

Surfer at Bolinas Beach

Gulls at Stinson Beach

Gulls at Stinson Beach

After a week in the Bay Area, it was time to head back to New Mexico. But not without a few stops on the way! Part 7 will take us to Yosemite NP and the Bridgeport, CA area.

https://believesteve.org/2014/10/15/road-trip-part-7-yosemite-np-and-bridgeport-ca-sept-28-29/

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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One Response to Road Trip, Part 6 – Alameda, Albany, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Bolinas Lagoon and beach, CA, Sept. 21-28/14

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    “psychedelic garden”

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