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Construction at the Oliver Salt Works ruin

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As the Phase I restoration activities wind down at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) the day approaches when areas of the reserve will be open to the public. The plans have long called for public access to levee-top trails, the construction of a kayak launch on Mt. Eden Creek (a new Eden Landing!), and […]

Eden Landing Redux

Friday, September 26th, 2014

  Old textures blend with new in the flats just south of Eden Landing (Salt Pond E12). Go back 150 years or so and Eden Landing held a prominent place in the East Bay cultural landscape. Here topography and entrepreneurship combined to provide a boat landing on Mt. Eden Creek that served as one of […]

Alvarado Wastewater Treatment Plant

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A vertical panorama of the plant. As I begin a new season of photography in South San Francisco Bay I have a list of a couple dozen subjects to visit. Some of these are new requests and some are locations that I photographed in previous years. One interesting request was to photograph the Alvarado Wastewater […]

Salt Ponds E12 & E13 revised and revisited

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The days grow shorter as summer draws to an end. This must come as something of a relief to the Snowy Plovers, Terns, Avocets, and other bayland birds as it marks the end of their long nesting season. It a relief to me as well because with the end of nesting season my Special Use […]

Regarding kites

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

I often explain the role of kites in our KAP pursuits with a golf analogy. Here our kites are like golf clubs. The golfer gauges distances and obstacles then selects a club to fit the circumstance. We can do the same with kites. I suspect it is devilishly difficult to play a round of golf […]

Progress at Salt Pond A21

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I have been photographing Salt Pond A21 since 2006. This was the year that Salt Pond A21 and its neighbor, Salt Pond A20, were returned to tidal flow. The two ponds flank the abandoned hamlet of Drawbridge and their construction in the middle of the last century must have hastened the decline of that community. […]

A visit to Drawbridge

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

In July 2014 I made my way out to Drawbridge for the first photography session since December 2012. It was fun to be out there again. The vegetation in Salt Pond A21 has really expanded in recent months – the pond is starting to look like a marsh. Drawbridge in a view taken near sunset. […]

Saltscapes reviewed

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

  Saltscapes, my book on the South Bay salt pond landscape, is being reviewed here and there. Lyra Kilston, writing for the Wired RAW Files, conducted a thorough interview before publishing Wired’s review. “Benton has explored the South Bay with a deft eye and a historian’s ardent curiosity. His images may be as abstract as […]

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 […]

EOS M Maiden flight

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I had the new EOS M cradle aloft for the first time today. The Solar Calendar – a memorial to Cesar Chavez. The maiden flight took place late this afternoon at Cesar Chavev Park along Berkeley’s San Francisco Bay waterfront. The park had a thin thread of fog forming as the day came to an […]