In early years, vessels sailing the Pacific Coast were wrecked on the rocky cliffs of Point Reyes on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. In 1870, a lighthouse was built to guide ships lost in the dense fogs that blanket this coast. It was decommissioned in 1975. In winter, skies over Point Reyes National Seashore are dramatic, and Pacific storms push huge waves onto the outer beaches. The first rains of winter bring wild mushrooms to Mt. Vision.
In this newsletter issue #087 - Point Reyes in Winter, California are some of my favorite trails to some unusual places to set up a tripod and a camera. Before driving out to the coast, check the weather forecasts. If you want to visit the lighthouse, find out when it is open to the public. Down the western side of the peninsula, wide sandy beaches face the open sea. Wind, salt spray, and the steady roar of breaking surf challenge photographers searching for new images.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.