Archive for the 'trip reports' Category

Salt Pond N1A and Don Edwards HQ

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting Scott White, a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Scott was interested in trying kite or balloon photography to do some ecological and geomorphic research on the east coast and I agreed to provide an introduction to KAP technique while he was […]

The Mallard II at Beard’s Creek

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

A few weeks ago I took my Documentary Photography class down to the salt ponds for a field trip. After poking around La Riviere Marsh, the Red Hill Gravel Quarry and the Coyote Hills we headed out to Dumbarton Point to see the old landing. There, to my delight, was the Mallard II clamshell dredge, […]

Visiting the Weep

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I took my VS186A: Documentary Photography class out to the Weep last Friday. It had been almost a year since I had visited the Weep and I enjoyed finding it moist and vibrant. I promised to post a link to the article in Bay Nature that Wayne Lanier and I wrote about the Weep. The […]

Carp Pole failure

Friday, January 13th, 2012

During my recent trip to Southern California I camped by the Trona Pinnacles near Ridgecrest, California. The Pinnacles are ancient tufa (calcium carbonate) towers rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. They were formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when the area was an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from […]

A trip to the Mojave Desert

Friday, January 13th, 2012

In early January 2012, the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) hosted a gathering of folks who take low altitude photographs using unconventional means. I drove the Westfalia down from Berkeley, an 1100-mile round trip, and had a great time camping along the way. Aerial camera resolution target – Cuddeback Lake The group included rocketeers, […]

Floating above Salt Pond A23

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In late October 2011, Claudia and I spent a nice Sunday afternoon down near Drawbridge. The mission of the day was adding another image to my Salt Pond A21 vegetation series (see previous post). But the real entertainment for the day was shooting Salt Pond A23 again. I confess a great fondness for Salt Pond […]

Salt Ponds A6 & A8 after the breach

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

To celebrate completion of the first week of my Fall Semester I made a late Friday trip down to Alviso to check out Salt Ponds A6 and A8. These ponds lie just west of Alviso and have been opened to tidal flow in the last year. Salt Pond A6 before and after breach

Bayfront Park in Menlo Park

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Claudia and I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon this week at Bayfront Park in Menlo Park. As it turns out I was at least the third kite aerial photographer to visit the southwest corner of the park in the last two-week period, having been preceded by Michael Layefsky and James Lent – sort of an […]

Salt Ponds E13 & E14

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I returned to the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve to walk the new levee separating Salt Pond E13 to the north from Salt Pond E14 to the south. While there has been a levee in this location for a long time, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project has constructed an improved levee here and between […]

Salt Ponds E8X, E9, and E14

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In celebration of renewed access I have made a few trips to the Eden Landing Ecological reserve over the last week or so. It is fun to see the change underway thereabouts and to realize how much the landscape has, and will, evolve. One of the areas I visited was the newly refurbished levee separating […]