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Bush Past Prime revisited

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A few years back I hiked out to Salt Pond E2C for a round of photographs. This is a small pond near Turk Island. I discovered on that initial visit that it had been recently connected to the tides via a set of culverts that connected to the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel. The pond […]

A visit to the Alviso Flat

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Alviso Flat lies just a hundred yards north of the Alviso Marina County Park. Lying to the west of the 1880 South Coast Pacific railroad grade, the flat is a widening of the ditch flanking the rail tracks. I have no idea why the ditch widens here but it makes an interesting and photographic landscape […]

Hydroseeding the E14 levee

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In November 2013, Save the Bay began field work on a project to establish vegetation of the levee separating Salt Pond 14 to the north and Salt Ponds E8X and E9 to the south. This levee has a major makeover in 2011 and has been quite bare since. The idea is to establish a band […]

Mud Matters at Eden Landing

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

With the arrival of fall the nesting season is over and I am allowed to photograph in the South Bay again. Project managers also wanted me to photograph a construction project that is subdividing Salt Pond A12 into series of smaller managed ponds to serve as avian habitat. The ponds will be kept at different […]

Eden Landing – Levee Portrait

Friday, October 18th, 2013

September 15 marked the end of my nesting season hiatus and I can fly kites in Eden Landing again. High on the list was a request from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project management team to photograph the levee separating Salt Pond E9 from Salt Pond E14. This levee was rebuilt several years ago […]

NOAA’s Bell Shimada at the Exploratorium

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

On Thursday I headed over to the Exploratorium’s new Pier 15 home to take a round of photographs. Pier 15 is a great location for the museum with its dramatic waterfront siting sandwiched between the city’s center and San Francisco Bay itself. On Thursday it was more dramatic yet for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric […]

La Riviere Marsh on a spring morning

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

On a pleasant Sunday morning I headed down to the Visitor Center for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to join a field workshop led by microbiologist Wayne Lanier, my colleague in the Hidden Ecologies Project. Wayne led a group into the restored La Riviere Marsh, once the site of a large […]

An interesting bottom – (former) Salt Pond A17

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

After a four-month hiatus I have resumed my kite aerial photography in the South Bay. The short days of winter were devoted to work on my book about the South Bay and a variety of little, barking tasks. So it was great to be out in the open again in the late afternoons of spring. […]

Pier 94 Revisited

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Last Friday I got a chance to reshoot the Pier 94 site I had visited week or so ago (see previous post). In that original session I had struggled a bit with cloudy skies, inconsistent and turbulent winds, and a couple of suboptimal camera settings (e.g., lens wide open and thus soft in the corners). […]

Up and down, up and down

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Up until the late 19th Century the Islais Creek basin on San Francisco’s southern coast was an impressive tidal marsh. Then the exuberant application of explosives, steam, and later diesel power filled the marsh to create district of industrial works. A panorama of the Pier 94 site (stitched from 7 portrait format images). In the […]