Friday, October 7, 2011


Last Sunday was one of the most beautiful days I have ever had on the Pacific Ocean.  The sea was calm, barely a one foot swell even when the wind picked up later in the day.  We headed out to look for the Great White Sharks which are congregating near the Farallons at this time of year as they follow their favorite food, Sea Lions and elephant seals.
Calm Seas
We got skunked on the sharks but we did see a pod of Risso Dolphin (Grampus griseus).  The lack of shark activity gave me some free time to pull out a wide angle lens and play with the clouds.  Normally I am too focused on working the long lens as I chase images of the animals that live in this amazing area.  On our way home we found a weather buoy that had broken loose form it's anchorage and was drifting into the shipping lane.  A quick call to the Coast Guard found the contact info to report the errant buoy and it should be back where it belongs by now.
Pod of Risso Dolphin in front of the Farallon Islands

Farallon Islands also called the Devil's Teeth

An errant weather buoy

The Golden Gate welcomed us home

Alcatraz Island


John W. Wall said...

Gorgeous place, and I love those skies. I've still never been out there!

Rebecca Jackrel said...

I'm really surprised John! You've been everywhere else in California.

G Dan Mitchell said...

Rebecca: The first image of the beautiful cloud-filled sky above that small strip of the sea is beautiful and expresses a sense of the space of the open ocean. Nice work!