A Long Walk on the Beach in Alameda

The holiday season has been hectic for me, and I needed to get out and get behind the camera. Traffic is crazy lately, and I’m not the only one who notices. Driving is unpleasant, and taking the bus is not much better, because you still have to sit in traffic. BART is a better option, unless you get stuck on a crowded train returning from San Francisco. I was starting to think that traveling in the Bay Area just wasn’t worth it anymore. But I needed to get out, so I took the bus to Alameda and walked the length of Crown Memorial State Beach. And boy, was it worth it. I felt more relaxed than I have in more than a month.

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SF Bay Trail at Eden Landing

In the latest issue of Bay Nature magazine, there was a great article about Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Eden Landing is on the San Francisco Bay Trail, and it is a section that I have been meaning to visit for a long time, but I just couldn’t get around to it. On a map, Eden Landing looks strange. I knew that it was a vast wetland area, but I really had no idea what to expect. But I am so glad that I went.

Eden Landing was formerly a settlement, founded in 1854. The location was bought a year later by Richard Barron, who changed the name to Barron’s Landing, and it seems that the name was later changed to Edendale later, but I can’t seem to find an exact date. In any case, I like the name Eden Landing.

The big industry here was salt. In the pictures below, you can see some of the ruins of the salt works that still remain.

Crown Memorial State Beach

One of my favorite walks on the San Francisco Bay Trail is Crown Memorial State Beach, better known as Alameda Beach. This is a great place to just walk along the Bay on a sandy beach. The walk is 2.5 miles long, with sand dunes and lots of birds. There are sandpipers and sanderlings, ducks, egrets, pelicans, cormorants, and of course, pigeons.

California Poppies

I recently went on a photo walk down at Point Isabel in Richmond. Spring was in the air, and I decided that I wanted to take pictures of California Poppies. This time of year, these iconic flowers are blooming everywhere. To be honest, flowers are not my favorite subject to shoot, but sometimes I just need to try something new. This is how we learn new things.

Even though I don’t feel that these are great flower photos, it was still fun. I took these photos along Hoffman Marsh at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA.

Strangely, I felt that the standout image from this shoot was the one of a white morning glory:

SF Bay Trail At San Leandro Bay

The San Francisco Bay Trail at San Leandro Bay is a surprisingly scenic short hike in Oakland, California. San Leandro Bay itself is a small bay between Alameda Island, Bayfarm Island, and Oakland. There are several creeks draining into the bay here, including Lion Creek and San Leandro Creek. This creates a rich but delicate ecosystem. The mudflats are important feeding grounds for shore birds, and at low tide you will see lots of them way out in the distance. At high tide, the shore birds will be huddled closer to the shore, where you can see them better, but please don’t disturb them or let your dog chase them.

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