California Green

March 23, 2009

West Marin County is at the edge of Point Reyes. It is a rural area with horse farms, cattle pastures, open space and redwood groves. California is called the Golden State because it stops raining around the beginning of April. By the end of June and the beginning of July, California turns a golden brown when the grasses dry out. The rainy season produces a plethora of green produced from chlorophyll found in all plants. This is what the Halleck Valley in West Marin looked like in the middle of March, at the end of the rainy season.

Fire in the Valley

March 14, 2009

Drennon Ranch is home to our Celtic Forest friends Jeff and Laura who invited a horde of artist friends to spend an evening celebrating their pyrotechnical skills. The mutant vehicle Huracan was awoken from its winter hibernation for the occasion which was a mini Burn of memorable proportions. 

The evening was called Fire in the Valley.


Stars in the Beach

March 7, 2009

The first sunny day in several weeks revealed Stars in the Beach. These scenes unfolded a hundred feet below the Cliff House.

Sunset at Land’s End

March 4, 2009

Sunset over Mavericks

March 3, 2009

Helvetica and I took a road trip to the Del Monte Forest and Carmel Valley stopping along the way to replenish our stock of artichokes. Pezzini Farms in Castroville in the Salinas River Delta on the lip of Monterey Bay grows the yummiest artichokes. We find the smaller ones are among the best. The heavy rain storms that lasted a week on the California coast subsided briefly on our ride north, home to San Francisco, so we opted for the ride on Highway One through Santa Cruz up the San Mateo County coastline to Half Moon Bay.

We often stop at the Princeton Seafood store at Pillar Point Harbor which always has fresh fish and dungeness crab when in season. This trip, we bought some ocean caught Alaskan Salmon then drove out to the Pillar Point radar station where we walked to the beach to view Mavericks.

Watch what it was like…

Pillar Point is north of Half Moon Bay, California and has several anthropological interests. One is the Princeton Seafood Company that sells the freshest of fish from the fleet in the adjacent harbor. A mile or so west of the seafood shop is a unique aspect of the continental shelf now known as Mavericks where some of the world’s largest surf occurs under the right conditions from swells commencing in the eastern Pacific between January and April.

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