Autumn Days, Point Reyes National Seashore

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”

~ W. Eugene Smith


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Autumn Layers


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The Old Gal


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Cypress Tunnel


β€œIn every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”

~Rachel Carson


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Beach Hues


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Ice Plant


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Cypress Twists


β€œKeep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

~Vincent Van Gogh


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Dune Grasses


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Vibrant Dunes


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Take A Bow


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  1. That poor rotting boat. We have one like it that I’ve watched for perhaps a decade. It’s getting pretty sad. If those boards could talk…

    Seems you had fun playing with all the splendid color spectrum this season brings to the coast. Very nice to visit.

  2. This is a gorgeous series. You take an already beautiful area and elevate it. πŸ™‚

  3. These are fantastic. Captivating colours and composition.

  4. Wow, these are great. I haven’t spent enough time out in Point Reyes. Sigh, one of these days…

  5. I don’t normally associate California beaches with fall colors, but there they are. It almost looks like Alaskan tundra in places. That boat is amazing. Is that a natural shipwreck or did they plant it there?

    • Hi Jeff, The first time I saw this area in the fall, I was floored. The colors are so vibrant. The shipwreck has been there for years and I assume is natural. It’s become an icon of the area and is slowly losing its battle with the elements. Happy you enjoyed this series- thanks very much. πŸ™‚

  6. Beautiful work, Jane, I feel like I’m right there. I like the way that together, these images tell a story. The driftwood echoes the old boat, the ice plant closeup echoes the dune and beach landscapes, and the grasses punctuate with simplicity. It all fits together like a box and its lid. πŸ™‚

  7. I’m late getting to this, Jane. Your photos of Point Reyes are lovely. I particularly like the depth of field and color tones in β€œDriftwood”.

  8. Hello
    the first photograph is absolutely sublime; this carpet of wild flowers or bruyeres brings nice colors of autumn
    the third photograph; Is not this famous place where was shot a scene from a cult movie (which I have forgotten the name for that matter) …
    I also like other images, they are so clear and crisp that you would think (in reality) that you are photographing

    • HI Yoshimi, I’m so glad you enjoyed these images. It’s a beautiful time of year in Point Reyes with the autumn colors. Maybe a movie was shot there…I am not aware of it. I would think permitting would be difficult. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your terrific comment.

  9. Wonderful! My favorites are the beautiful nature pattern of the first and and the close-up, skewed look in the last.

  10. Love the trees – and also the boat shot. Beautiful

  11. Not until now, has nary a post pulled me away from slump and out of ordinariness. From the out front W Eugene Smith quote , your entrancing photographs and stray replies about the ice plant, the Reyes and irresponsible photographers… thanks for taking the viewers along through your captures.

    How important today more than ever, that conscious photographers leave only with memories and without a torch taken to the set. Thanks also for sharing what depicts solace and how it presses for thoughtfulness.

    • HI BlueSpade, Your comment is beautifully stated and I appreciate is so much. Thank you for stopping by and enjoying this post. Point Reyes is one of my favorite places for a quiet escape in nature’s beauty.

  12. Wonderful images Jane. I can tell you enjoyed your day there.

  13. No sorry I can’t agree with W Eugene Smith, your photography is certainly not a small voice. I thought I fell in love with the Old gal but the I saw the cypress tunnel

  14. As usual, these are gorgeous images. The Cypress Tree Tunnel shot looks like a painting.

  15. Just gorgeous! I love the colours of the vegetated dunes. I usually think of fall colours on trees or bushes, so this is a beautiful surprise.

  16. We had an afternoon at Point Reyes in the spring, for us the magic moment was being on an almost deserted beach and finding we were sharing it with seals! In the UK seals tend to avoid beaches where people go πŸ˜‚

    • Hi Andy, I’m so happy that you’ve spent time at Point Reyes and yes, the seals are fascinating to see there! At certain times of the year there are large groups congregating and resting. (Maybe they gather comfortably here since it’s illegal to disturb them or scare them back into the water. I saw a fisherman get a citation once.) Thanks so much for sharing your experience. πŸ™‚

  17. I love the ice plants, Jane! Those colours get me every time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. Beautiful pictures, Jane. For sheer WOW! factor I’m smacked between the eyes by the shapes and colours in Ice Plant – especially those bright, vibrant, almost day glow yellow-greens. A πŸ™‚

  19. So beautiful! Love the textures, colors and patterns.

  20. Lovely photographs, as always, and it’s good to see the Old Gal hanging on!

  21. Are all those colors and textures on the dunes from the ice plant? Are the reds just this time of year? It looks great, whatever it is. I’ve seen a lot of pictures of that old boat, and they’ve all been good ones. Hope I age that well. πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Dave, Aren’t those colors amazing? It’s a combination of ice plant, grasses and succulents. The ice plant does turn red this time of year- it’s very pretty but I read that it’s invasive and non-native and they are trying to eradicate it in some places. The Point Reyes is an iconic shipwreck. Sadly, some irresponsible “photographers” set it on fire a couple of years ago and did her in. I’m glad you enjoyed this series. Thanks very much! πŸ™‚

  22. Fantastic images – the richness in texture and colour is gorgeous.

  23. Splendid work! I do like those textures on the boat and the tree tunnel shot is very fine.

    • Hi Graham, Thank you! Glad you like the old shipwreck– I spent some time shooting some detail shots of her hull…for another post someday. I do love the challenge of shooting the Cypress Tunnel- they are so grand. Appreciate your visit here. πŸ™‚

  24. Beautiful shots! I love the 2 cypress ones! I think I identify with the boat listing on its side!

    • HI Mary Lynn, Haha- you and me both! I got a little sad seeing her listing even more on this visit… she’s a hardy old bird and is hanging on…like us. πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the shots– thank you very much!

  25. Loving these shots….the autumn colors on the seashore r spectacular..not sure i have ever seen before…just dreamy!!

  26. Stunning textures and colours. Love these pics!

  27. Excellent set Jane; great colors. Can’t pick one, they are all beauties. πŸ™‚

  28. Oh that first photo! So beautiful. And the cypress tunnel. I do enjoy what your eye sees.

  29. Such splendid images I see here, the California coast is always full of wonders, as you have captured so very beautifully.

    • Hi Cornelia, It was a wonderful day – quite foggy to start – accentuating the colors. I loved getting lost in nature’s details which I know you love to do, too. Happy you enjoyed this set. Thank you very much.

  30. Every one of these is a marvel! The colors are so rich and deep in some of them, yet the very simplest (the grasses) may be my fave today!

  31. The ice plant is a terrific capture Jane. And loved Take a Bow

  32. Such a feast for the eyes, Jane! The cypress tunnel gives the impression of a gateway to another world, and the weathered old boat conveys such a melancholy atmosphere.

    • Thank you, Dries. This is a wonderful coastal preserve only an hour from San Francisco. You would love exploring its natural beauty. The shipwreck is slowly eroding into the bay and is a beloved icon of the area. Pleased you enjoyed this series. πŸ™‚

  33. The words from “W. Eugene Smith” are good introduction to the pictures in this post. They stuck to me while looking through your pictures. I think I had the opposite, that I lost sense of awareness when looking at them.

    • Hi YC, I’m so glad you like that quote by Smith and your reaction is a wonderful compliment- getting lost in art is a great feeling and as the creator, it’s what I hope for. My interpretation is that each image comes together as a whole for a new sense of awareness of a time or place. Thank you so much for your encouraging response. πŸ™‚

  34. These images are remarkable! Thank you, Jane for giving us an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy!

  35. Aaaah! Those Autumn Layers and Vibrant Dunes – glorious. Always feel inspired after visiting you Jane πŸ™‚

  36. Fantastic set of images, Jane. Well done!

  37. Aaaah! Those Autumn Layers and Vibrant Dunes – glorious. Always feel inspired after visiting you πŸ™‚

  38. You’ve captured all the beauty that I love along the northern CA coast, Jane. The second best thing to being there in person! Thank you! ❀

  39. Wonderful pictures of a wonderful coast. (It’s no secret that I love coasts). The driftwood looks like bones! And it’s interesting that your dune grasses are very similar to ours. Over here we plant those grasses in newly formed natural dunes, or the ones we make ourselves, in order to prevent the sand from being blown away by the wind. We don’t have a high raised rocky coast, so dunes and dykes are essential to keep our feet (and heads) dry. I love the colours in your pictures and the vastness of the landscape.

    • Hi Peter, I’ve learned that some of these plants, the ice plant and certain grasses, are invasive species but serve that same purpose of slowing erosion and holding the dunes together. This area is one of my favorites for its largely uninhabited coastline. I’m so glad you enjoyed this series– thanks very much. πŸ™‚

  40. Wow-colorful foliage!

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  41. Marvellous images Jane. I need to go for a beach walk and see what’s going on there.

  42. Gorgeous images Jane 😊 The Cypress Tunnel is amazing.

  43. For whatever reason, I don’t hear as much about W. Eugene Smith now as I did in the 1970s. He had a sometimes-difficult life and lived to be only 59.

  44. I love the beached boats. And I love how you format your posts!

  45. Cypress Tunnel is so awesomeπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  46. Ice Plant = wonderful – eco πŸ™‚

  47. Thanks once again Jane for bringing a deep pause to my day. Your precious gift both stills and stirs the mind.

  48. One of my absolute favorite places, as you know. Beautifully shown.

  49. wonderful picture jane, i especially like the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th. i wish you all the best for your next photo series and look forward to it.
    greetings robert

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