My favorite part of the annual Saint Stupid's Day Parade on the first of April, is seeing the puzzled looks of the passers-by. No matter how popular the parade gets, the office workers never seem to have any idea what's going on. Anyway, I missed the last two years, so I was very happy to be there today.
It was New Year's Eve, and I went to watch the sunset in Emeryville. This stretch of the San Francisco Bay Trail is difficult to get to on foot, but there is a great view of the Port of Oakland, with its iconic cranes. As always, I am fascinated by the diverse wildlife juxtaposed with the urban environment.
Crab TrapsThe San Francisco Bay Trail at Everyville, California. Snowy Egret at Emeryville MarinaThe San Francisco Bay Trail at Everyville, California. EmeryvilleThe San Francisco Bay Trail at Everyville, California. The Port of Oakland from EmeryvilleThe San Francisco Bay Trail at Everyville, California.
I have been living in the Bay Area for a while now, and I keep hearing about this "San Francisco Bay Trail." I have walked and photographed a few sections of the Bay Trail in the past, but in the coming months, I am going to explore it much more intentionally. Many sections of the Bay Trail go through existing public parks, marinas and otherwise built-up places. But the most exciting parts for me are the areas that are set aside as nature preserves.
A couple of days ago, I visited San Leandro Bay, which is the bit in between Oakland, Alameda, and Bay Farm Island.
The picture above is of Arrowhead Marsh. These intertidal wetlands are important breeding and feeding grounds for birds, amphibians, fish, insects, and even mamals. The non-native cordgrass that chokes this marsh prevents shorebirds from feeding.
This is a ring-billed gull. It can be very difficult to tell the different species of gulls apart, but I'm learning.
It was a cold and overcast day at the Berkeley Marina, and I was in the mood for some experimental photography. I also love seeing the wildlife down by the bay.
American CootAn American Coot at Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, California. The Dancing Sail BoatsA multiple exposure of boats docked at Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, California. Berkeley MarinaBerkeley Marina, Berkeley, California. Coots on the BayBerkeley Marina, Berkeley, California. The Rocks and the WavesBerkeley Marina, Berkeley, California.
Here's a quick post from a recent trip to Half Moon Bay, California.
Half Moon BayThe beach and a pier at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayThe beach and harbour in Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayAn old pier at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayMultiple exposure shot of sand patterns at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayRed kelp on the beach at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayKelp on the beach at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BayA Great Blue Heron at Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon BaySeagulls on the beach in Half Moon Bay, California.
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Gareth Bogdanoff is a photographer exploring the clash of natural beauty and urban life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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