“PINOLE BAY”

It was a gray-ish day. I’d only ever driven through the town of Pinole. There didn’t seem to be much to attract outsiders: a few cafes, some historic buildings, residents walking dogs and pushing strollers. Anywhere, America. I parked and started walking west, towards the water, camera in tow.

There was a path. You could cross the railroad tracks and get really close to the water…

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RAILROAD CROSSING – Celenia Delsol

…or you could cross a little bridge and see the bay from a distance.

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A LIGHT IN THE WATER – Celenia Delsol

The birds were certainly out that day. They’re not a favorite photography subject of mine. Just when you’ve framed the shot, gotten everything into focus and are ready to click, they move. But it was either them and the picturesque views near the water…

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TIGHT FIT – Celenia Delsol

…or the industrial blight. There are some coastal areas of California that are just gorgeous. It almost doesn’t matter where you point your camera and shoot. Carmel comes to mind. Half Moon Bay. Cambria. Not Pinole.

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NOT WELCOME – Celenia Delsol
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FIXER-UPPER – Celenia Delsol

Still…sometimes one simply needs to expand one’s definition of “beauty”…

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BLONDE, BRUNETTE – Celenia Delsol
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RUSTED RESTING ROOST – Celenia Delsol

I love this next photo because it looks like a multiple exposure and isn’t. It’s as If I’d taken several photographs of the same bird in its quickly progressing stages of take-off. But no. These birds had been rehearsing this scene for me all morning, coordinating amongst themselves when to deliver this performance. It was my favorite shot of the day.

TAKE-OFF - Celenia Delsol
TAKE-OFF – Celenia Delsol

5 comments

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Bobbie. I have a little story about Port Costa coming up soon. I’d love to be surprised by Crockett, and will make it a point of shooting some pics there as well.

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