Monochrome Meditations: Tomales Bay and Point Reyes By Jane LurieJanuary 25, 2020 ( 102 ) Tomales Bay High Tide, The Point Reyes Tomales Bay Meditation Tule Elk Grazing Beach Grasses Water’s Edge Fishing Boat and Waves Wave Break Bull Elk in Fog Reed Reflections Share this:TweetEmailShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, Nature, PhotographyTags: Black and White, California, Fujifilm X-T2, Meditation, Monochrome, Nature Photography, Point Reyes National Seashore, Reflection, San Francisco, Tomales Bay, Tule Elk Related Articles Beauty and the Barn By Jane Lurie2 days ago ( 92 ) Color My World By Jane Lurie1 week ago ( 116 ) Feeling Blue By Jane Lurie2 weeks ago ( 105 ) 102 comments › Brandon April 19, 2020 • 6:28 am The grey and white really work well with these shots. Nicely done! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie April 19, 2020 • 10:05 am Thanks so much, Brandon. I’m happy you enjoyed the monochromatic look. Much appreciated. 😊 Reply ↓ peachandbatman April 6, 2020 • 3:12 pm Nothing beats B&W for everything except maybe sunrises, those her color…nice pics kiddo Reply ↓ Jane Lurie April 6, 2020 • 3:47 pm Agree! Thanks, PeachandBatman. 😊 Reply ↓ debinthegarden April 4, 2020 • 8:50 am Beautifully done! Black and white photography, when as successful as yours, is more intriguing, inviting, and creative than color photos. Good work! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie April 4, 2020 • 1:05 pm Hi Deb, I’m pleased you enjoyed these. It was one of those great days being out there and shooting these felt very inspiring. Thanks so much and I appreciate you following me. 🙂 Reply ↓ Haroon Mirza March 14, 2020 • 3:42 am Beautiful telling tales Reply ↓ Jane Lurie March 14, 2020 • 3:31 pm Thank you very much, Haroon. 🙂 Reply ↓ Antonio Mozeto March 5, 2020 • 4:40 am Congratulations for the awesome black and white images. They are really supperb !!! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie March 5, 2020 • 9:15 am Hi Antonio, I’m pleased you enjoyed these. It was one of those inspiring days. Thank you very much. Reply ↓ pattimoed January 31, 2020 • 6:14 pm Ohhh…Gorgeous, Jane! The monochrome is wonderful. It really is so dramatic and beautiful. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie February 5, 2020 • 11:06 pm Thank you so much, Patti. I really appreciate it. What a great day at Point Reyes. Reply ↓ Jacintº January 30, 2020 • 4:29 am Feelings of calm and silence…. Magnificent, dear Jane!! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie February 5, 2020 • 11:08 pm Thank you very much, Jacinto. That is how Point Reyes feels. Reply ↓ Tomales Bay Meditation – Monochromia January 29, 2020 • 10:00 pm Dave Ply January 29, 2020 • 6:17 pm Black and white is a whole different mood, isn’t it? Meditation is probably a good way to put it. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 29, 2020 • 10:04 pm Thanks, Dave. Yes, I agree, B&W brings out new elements in an image. Making these did feel meditative…a great day. Reply ↓ drawandshoot January 29, 2020 • 10:59 am Tender mediations, Jane. Gentle connection. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 29, 2020 • 1:54 pm Thank you, Karen. One of those days where it falls together- I’m sure you know the feeling. So nice to hear from you. Reply ↓ restlessjo January 28, 2020 • 11:32 am I can almost hear the quiet 🙂 🙂 Lovely, Jane! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 29, 2020 • 9:04 am Thank you so much, Jo. It was a wonderful day of nature photography. 🙂 Reply ↓ bluebrightly January 28, 2020 • 10:50 am 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. 🙂 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 29, 2020 • 9:00 am 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. 🙂 Reply ↓ LisaDay January 28, 2020 • 3:31 am 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? Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 28, 2020 • 8:18 am Thanks, Lisa. I am fascinated with the abstracts. I love abandoned things, too. I do follow one site- must look for others. Glad you enjoyed my meditative day on the coast. Reply ↓ greenglobaltrek January 27, 2020 • 8:47 pm 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 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 28, 2020 • 8:19 am Thanks so much, Peta. It was a fabulous day of quiet nature moments. Pleased you enjoyed these. 🙂 Reply ↓ Ellen Jennings January 27, 2020 • 4:52 am A wonderful collection, Jane, it surely makes me want to go sit by that bay! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 27, 2020 • 9:12 am Thank you, Ellen. It’s the perfect escape. 😊 Reply ↓ communicatingcreatively January 26, 2020 • 10:54 pm 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. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 27, 2020 • 9:17 am Thank you, David. She is hanging on nicely despite a fire and tough surroundings. I’ve photographed her many times over the years. Would love to see your artwork. Reply ↓ thereluctantpoet January 26, 2020 • 7:48 pm Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 28, 2020 • 7:55 am Thank you for sharing, Chuck. Reply ↓ Gunta January 26, 2020 • 6:20 pm 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… Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 6:57 pm 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. Reply ↓ Gunta January 27, 2020 • 6:17 pm 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. 😉 Reply ↓ Alison and Don January 26, 2020 • 6:19 pm These are just lovely. I love the elk! Alison Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 6:54 pm Thanks, Alison. It was such a surprise to come upon such a large group. Glad you enjoyed these shots- it was a great nature day. Reply ↓ ecopoet January 26, 2020 • 5:20 pm Water’s Edge – my favourite Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 6:53 pm Thanks, Ecopoet. I’m so pleased you picked that one out of the bunch. I was fascinated with the contrasts and curves as the waves receded creating nice abstracts. Reply ↓ ecopoet January 26, 2020 • 7:02 pm Beautiful natural abstract art Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 7:08 pm I’ve been fascinated by the grass reflections for years. Reply ↓ ecopoet January 27, 2020 • 9:05 am Love the movement- calming Jane Lurie January 27, 2020 • 9:11 am Exactly… we need more calm in the world. ecopoet January 27, 2020 • 9:12 am Nature’s muse 🌿 David January 26, 2020 • 1:21 pm Love the B&W. Almost can feel the ocean spray in your photos down by the waves. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 3:16 pm Thanks, David. It was an awesome nature day. Hope you’re doing ok. Reply ↓ David January 26, 2020 • 3:56 pm We’re doing okay. It is certainly much quieter than I expected, an indicator of how close dad and I, and my family, were with him. Thanks for asking. Reply ↓ AmyRose🌹 January 26, 2020 • 10:43 am 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. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 3:19 pm Thanks so much, Amy. You get it. Photography is meditation to me. Pleased you enjoyed and also inspired to shoot. There’s always something that will grab you. 😉 Reply ↓ AmyRose🌹 January 26, 2020 • 3:22 pm Ditto. Yep I get it. Photography is my zone, my meditation. Lately this weather has really put me on a bummer. No more! I’m getting out there! Thank YOU for the encouragement! Reply ↓ magicalnormal January 26, 2020 • 8:03 am Wow!! Beautiful!! As a mountain girl, I absolutely love the first picture. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:11 am Thank you so much, Heidi. We love to hike in these hills. Reply ↓ camerapacker January 26, 2020 • 7:30 am Some wonderful pictures and I especially lie the old beached boat. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:05 am Thanks, Bruce. It’s like visiting an old friend when I photograph her. Glad you enjoyed. Reply ↓ David A Lockwood January 26, 2020 • 7:12 am Great series, I especially like no. 5&8. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:05 am Thanks very much, David. That means a lot. Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂 Reply ↓ YellowCable January 26, 2020 • 6:20 am Indeed, your pictures just as if you are meditating. They are tranquil. Reply ↓ belindagroverphotography January 26, 2020 • 5:58 am Lovely series, Jane! B&W works so nicely in these scenes. Reply ↓ Sue January 26, 2020 • 5:29 am Some marvellous monochrome meditations, Jane… the grasses, the reeds and the Point Reyes wreck particularly spoke to me…. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:04 am Thank you very much, Sue. And I’m glad you like those images in particular. Much appreciated. Reply ↓ Joe January 26, 2020 • 4:49 am Excellent images Jane. That beached boat looks like an iconic fixture at Point Reyes. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:03 am Thank you, Joe. It is indeed an iconic, and much photographed gem. She’s holding up pretty well considering. Reply ↓ harrienijland January 26, 2020 • 4:49 am Really fine set! 🙂 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:02 am Thank you, Harrie. 🙂 Reply ↓ Linda Wyatt January 26, 2020 • 4:43 am Love these “ quiet” images! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:02 am Thanks so much, Linda. It was a wonderful day there. Reply ↓ Adrian Lewis January 26, 2020 • 3:21 am Interesting collection, Jane – Water’s Edge is my favourite. A 🙂 Reply ↓ paula graham January 26, 2020 • 3:06 am Gorgeous, this sensitive portrayal of a beautiful area. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 9:02 am I’s so glad you enjoyed these, Paula. I have such a tranquil and appreciative feeling when I am there. Thanks very much. Reply ↓ Detlef Gimbel January 26, 2020 • 2:34 am Beautyful pictures in black and white👍👍👍 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:41 am Thanks so much, Detlef. It was a good day. 🙂 Reply ↓ Murtagh's Meadow January 26, 2020 • 2:30 am Fabulous images – love the detail black and white can show Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:41 am Thanks very much, MM. I agree, it strips a scene down to its details. I’m so glad you enjoyed these. Reply ↓ Jet Eliot January 26, 2020 • 2:20 am 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. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:40 am 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!) Reply ↓ Robert Baum January 26, 2020 • 1:52 am 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.) Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:32 am 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. 🙂 Reply ↓ Steve Gingold January 26, 2020 • 1:21 am 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. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:29 am 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. Reply ↓ Steve Gingold March 5, 2020 • 7:32 am I forgot to mention the earthquake while we were there. 😳. Pretty minor but part of the experience. Reply ↓ Graham Stephen January 26, 2020 • 12:48 am Nice. Lovely textures in the wreck in #2. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:26 am Thanks, Graham. That old gal is hanging on and begs me to photograph her every time we go by. Reply ↓ Graham Stephen January 26, 2020 • 10:16 am 🙂 Reply ↓ Michael Scandling January 25, 2020 • 11:15 pm Beautiful. One of my favorite places. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:25 am Thanks, Michael. It was such a stunning, quiet day on Point Reyes. It’s magical. (The elephant seals were incredible…for another time.) Reply ↓ Michael Scandling January 26, 2020 • 9:57 am 😊 Reply ↓ Robert Parker January 25, 2020 • 9:15 pm 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. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:24 am So nice to read, Robert. Glad you enjoyed them. Now I know what happened to the Point Reyes…the Parker family when out for a cruise! 😄 Reply ↓ anotherday2paradise January 25, 2020 • 7:04 pm Beautiful monochrome’s, Jane. Very restful to peruse. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:22 am Thank you, Sylvia, and what I was hoping for. Glad you relaxed and enjoyed. 🙂 Reply ↓ Tina Schell January 25, 2020 • 6:45 pm Partial to both of your grasses images Jane. Really lovely in B&W Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:20 am Thanks so much, Tina. I’m still enamored with them. Reply ↓ de Wets Wild January 25, 2020 • 6:43 pm These are all terrific, Jane – one can easily spend hours studying the detail in each image! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:19 am That means a lot, Dries. So glad you enjoyed them. Thank you! Reply ↓ Eliza Waters January 25, 2020 • 5:59 pm Quiet and meditative series, Jane. Just right for winding down at the end of a long, busy day. ❤ Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 26, 2020 • 8:18 am Thank you, Eliza. Exactly the effect I was hoping for. And how I felt making them. 🙂 Reply ↓ robert20359 January 25, 2020 • 5:53 pm 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 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 25, 2020 • 5:56 pm Thank you, Robert. Yes, so glad we share an appreciation on B&W. Happy you enjoyed this one and those images in particular. It was a great day. Reply ↓ rothpoetry January 25, 2020 • 5:10 pm Beautfiul. I love the effects one can get with Black and White Photography. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie January 25, 2020 • 5:51 pm Thanks very much, Dwight. I agree, black and white brings out different moods and details. Pleased you enjoyed this series. 😊 Reply ↓ rothpoetry January 25, 2020 • 5:52 pm Yes, very much. Reply ↓ Love to hear what you think... Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (Address never made public) Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.