Welcome to an up close and personal view of Northern California and the Bay Area. If you’re anything like myself, you’ve got an itch to wander. Sometimes we need a little help scratching that itch… a bit of inspiration. Take a look through my lens to inspire and shape your own sense of exploration. This site is filled with photos designed to get you out of the house and into the world, even if your destination is just around the corner. I tend to be a weekend warrior, limiting my longer day trips to Saturdays and Sundays. There is still hope for the busy weekdays though! I’m constantly discovering new places to shoot photos right outside my door. It’s important to have an appreciation for where we live, and that appreciation helps my own self stay motivated.
Most recently I visited Limantour Beach, one of the many Point Reyes beaches. Although it’s a little “off the beaten path,” the windy drive is definitely worth it. Regardless of the direction you are coming from, you will know you are in the right spot if you turn left on the Bear Valley Road. Follow this road for just short of 1.5 miles and you’ll make another left onto Limantour Road. Continue on this road for 8 more miles and you will, no doubt, end up at the beach parking lot. Upon arriving you’ll find parking to be easy and plentiful! Which is a huge plus in my book. The entrance to Limantour has bathrooms and a sign for trail maps. On this particular day there was also staff handing out paper trail maps, but I’m not sure if they are always there providing this service. The good news is there were at least ten marsh-type trails if you wanted to turn this day trip into a hike. Today my fiancé Alex, dog Allie, and myself were looking more for a relaxing beach getaway, so we decided to save that for another time. Dogs are allowed on certain areas of the beach (all easily marked) which is another major advantage.
The scenic views and wildlife are spectacular and the beach itself is very clean. A perfect setting for photography. Harbor seals often bob their heads up and out of the waves while pelicans follow close behind in search of fish. For a Sunday, the beach was not too crowded at all and I was able to snap some great photos (for more information on my camera and equipment, see the “about” section.) We were all able to calm lay out among the dunes and listen to the waves crashing in the background. For the more nature inclined traveler, you will notice the surrounding cliffs are ripe with bees and wildflowers. Many of the beach staff even said their had been a very fox siting on one of the trails that very day! All in all, this is a great place to rest and relax for anyone inclined to do so. Take a peek into my life, through my lens.