Monochrome Meditations: Tomales Bay and Point Reyes


 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

Tomales Bay

 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

High Tide, The Point Reyes

 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

Tomales Bay Meditation

 

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Tule Elk Grazing

 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

Beach Grasses

 

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Water’s Edge

 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

Fishing Boat and Waves

 

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Wave Break

 

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Bull Elk in Fog

 

Black and White, Photography, California, Point Reyes, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Wildlife

Reed Reflections

 

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91 comments

  1. Ohhh…Gorgeous, Jane! The monochrome is wonderful. It really is so dramatic and beautiful.

  2. Feelings of calm and silence…. Magnificent, dear Jane!!

  3. Black and white is a whole different mood, isn’t it? Meditation is probably a good way to put it.

  4. Tender mediations, Jane. Gentle connection.

  5. I can almost hear the quiet 🙂 🙂 Lovely, Jane!

  6. There’s something about those elk – looking up, with the minimal background, in black and white – very effective! I like “Water’s Edge” very much too. You set a very quiet, thoughtful mood here. 🙂

    • Hi Lynn, I’m happy that the elk image conveyed the mood as they quietly chomped away in the fog. The ocean was wild that day, but I liked focusing on the patterns they made on the sand. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  7. Water’s Edge is stunning. I love abandoned things – in that I think it looks beautiful, although it always makes me a bit sad. Do you follow abandoned on INstagram?

  8. Stunning photography of one of my favorite places on earth! The black and white really makes for a dramatic collection. I love the seagrasses and the tides edge. The elk too. Beautiful.

    Peta

  9. A wonderful collection, Jane, it surely makes me want to go sit by that bay!

  10. Very nice! Glad to see that the shipwreck is still there. Painted it of a reference photo from Google but was never entirely happy with the result. Might go back and have another go.

  11. Gorgeous captures, Jane. You’ve picked up some distinct features of water, waves and reflections. Love the atmospherics. The bull elk for frosting. Pacific life…

    • Thank you, Gunta. We had such a great time exploring and it was nice to take my time with the shots. In addition to the elk, we witnessed an intense fight between two enormous elephant seals vying for the alpha male spot on the beach. It was unsettling but I felt lucky to photograph it.

      • It’s hard to pick a favorite in nature, but I think the ocean does it for me. Particularly our Pacific West Coast. Whoa! Elephant Seals fighting it out would be a bit more than unsettling to me. Them things are HUGE and heavy and ferocious… and those tusks. I certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of one. So very lucky to be able photograph it… and live to tell about it. Can’t wait to see it. 😉

  12. These are just lovely. I love the elk!
    Alison

  13. Water’s Edge – my favourite

  14. Love the B&W. Almost can feel the ocean spray in your photos down by the waves.

  15. The way in which you compose each frame is fascinating, Jane. I can almost feel the wheels of your mind working as you stand there deciding how to frame each image. You seem to be with your camera so much more frequently than I am of late to which I say to me, take after Jane’s example and just get out there even if the weather is blah. Thank you for the inspiration I found here. And another thank you for the beauty found here as well.

  16. Wow!! Beautiful!! As a mountain girl, I absolutely love the first picture.

  17. Some wonderful pictures and I especially lie the old beached boat.

  18. Great series, I especially like no. 5&8.

  19. Indeed, your pictures just as if you are meditating. They are tranquil.

  20. Lovely series, Jane! B&W works so nicely in these scenes.

  21. Some marvellous monochrome meditations, Jane… the grasses, the reeds and the Point Reyes wreck particularly spoke to me….

  22. Excellent images Jane. That beached boat looks like an iconic fixture at Point Reyes.

  23. Love these “ quiet” images!

  24. Interesting collection, Jane – Water’s Edge is my favourite. A 🙂

  25. Gorgeous, this sensitive portrayal of a beautiful area.

  26. Beautyful pictures in black and white👍👍👍

  27. Fabulous images – love the detail black and white can show

  28. Fantastic series of photos, Jane, and in one of my favorite places on earth. Unusual to capture so many male tule elk together, and what a capture.

    • Thanks, Jet. Every time we go, I am thankful to have this amazing preserve so near SF. It’s a photography gem.
      There was this large herd of bull elk grazing near a group of cows. Then we noticed further down a large group of female elk. I asked the ranger about it and she said the males and females self separate.
      We also witnessed a long battle between two male elephant seals on Drakes Beach- it was intense and lasted a good 20 minutes until the alpha male finally chased the other into the ocean. A post for another time (it was far from meditative!)

  29. I didn’t see elk when I mountain biked there; only beef on the hoof. Are they farmed? (The same day I rode through the herd I saw them on a menu as Pt. Reyes beef!) Please keep taking your cameras for walks Jane! It is a balm for the soul.)

    • Hi Bob, The Tule Elk are wild but are controversial with the cattle farmers because they encroach on the farmland. They seemed peacefully grazing together to me. Glad you enjoyed these–it’s a perfect place to get lost in photography and nature. Thank you, Bob. 🙂

  30. Great collection, Jane, as always. The one time I visited California my brother took me to Point Reyes but it was brief and there wasn’t much time to explore. Maybe again some day. The Point Reyes wreck sure does draw attention to itself. Water’s Edge is a great composition with really nice lines. The elk shots are very nice and Wave Break is a nice capture too. Reeds are meditation magnets.

    • Thank you for your great reaction to these, Steve. I am always amazed at the wide open and uninhabited land on Point Reyes. I hope you get there again someday soon.
      Glad you enjoyed those shots in particular- it was meditative making them.

  31. Nice. Lovely textures in the wreck in #2.

  32. Beautiful. One of my favorite places.

  33. You’re right, these are conducive to meditation. I like that Tomales Bay shot in particular, but they’re all excellent.
    I’m guessing that forlorn little craft in “High Tide, The Point Reyes” was once owned by a relative of mine. We have a hereditary curse of sinking canoes, boats, ships, kayaks, whatever.

  34. Beautiful monochrome’s, Jane. Very restful to peruse.

  35. Partial to both of your grasses images Jane. Really lovely in B&W

  36. These are all terrific, Jane – one can easily spend hours studying the detail in each image!

  37. Quiet and meditative series, Jane. Just right for winding down at the end of a long, busy day. ❤

  38. Hi jane, you know I love b & w photography you chose really great photos my favorites are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th I like them very much.
    greetings robert

  39. Beautfiul. I love the effects one can get with Black and White Photography.

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