The Dawning in Point Reyes | One Photo

I took this photo what seems like ages ago now. It’s perhaps my very favourite photo from Point Reyes. Given that I’ve taken thousands of pictures all around Point Reyes, this statement has a bit of weight.

This barn is right at the beginning of the road that leads to Bear Valley Visitor Center, and also right across the road from the park headquarters. That means I’ve seen this building more times than I can count, and it’s always been one I looked at with adoration. It’s the first one I see when I come to the headquarters early in the morning, and the last one I look at when I leave at night. I saw this barn when I finally came back to Point Reyes 18 months after the pandemic began, and it felt like coming home—just as coming to Point Reyes always did.

On the cold morning when I took this picture, the land was covered in the typical fog that pays a visit to this beautiful piece of paradise in the fall. Autumn-colored leaves were about to start dropping from the trees, and a cup of coffee warmed my hands as my breath materialized in front of my eyes. It was October 20, 2019, less than four minutes before 8 a.m. and I stood at the crossroads, taking in the beauty before I headed to the headquarters to get my radio, maps, and other equipment for the day. The parking lot was still empty and I had to unlock the cache myself.

By the time I checked out the items and visited the bathroom (the mirror in which has a mustache glued onto it—never tell me that rangers don’t have a sense of humour), a few rangers and one of our medics arrived and we wished each other a good morning and a good day. I said hi to Julia and Travis and headed out to start my trail patrol.

That morning, for whatever reason, sometimes still visits me in my dreams. Words cannot describe its absolute beauty, and so I, too, shall stop trying and let you enjoy the serenity of the day’s coming.

One-Photo Series:

Point Reyes, Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Point Reyes is an amazing place with its geological past and future, Tule Elk, endemic to California, nesting Sowy Plowers, and Elephant Seals. And yet, it still brings more with its wide variety of plants that bloom in all the colours of a rainbow all throughout the year.

I’ve photographed quite a few of these in the years I spent hiking in Point Reyes and would like to share a few of them with you today, in all their majestic beauty. I shall even try to correctly identify them. (Please don’t take these identifications at face value. I’m not that good with plants. There’s a non-negligible chance I might be wrong.)

I will keep trying to improve my identification skills and update this post if/as it needs be.


Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:28 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

Brass Buttons

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location: Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)


(Don’t know which species exactly)
Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:29 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

California Poppy

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.236282 Lon: -122.990906)

Cobwebby Thistle

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:42 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.230461Lon: -122.986198)

Rabbitfoot Grass

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)

Variable Linanthus

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:02 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.216686 Lon: -122.975685)

Coastal Bush Lupine

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:43 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.194775 Lon: -122.963013)

Tidy Tips

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:37 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.197056 Lon: -122.963539)


(Don’t know which species exactly.)
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 3:07 PM PDT
Location: Earthquake Trail (Lat: 38.041569 Lon: -122.797531)

No Idea.

Please help me identify this one. I know it’s not the best photo for identification but wanted to share anyway because I really like it. 🙂
Location: UC Berkeley Point Reyes Field Station Research Institute


This is a guess. In fact, I have nearly no supporting evidence. Feel free to help me identify it in the comments 🙂
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 2:34 PM PDT
Location: Point Reyes Station (Lat: 38.068233 Lon: -122.804779)

Peace in Bayeux | Photo

I spent exactly one day in Bayeux, arriving to the town in the early morning after I spent the previous day and night on a bus, and leaving with the sunset on a ferry that would take me to Ireland. This little adventure took place years ago, and it was my first time traveling to a foreign country without my family or teachers.

Bayeux is home to Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux which exhibits the Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry is 230 feet long embroidered cloth depicting the events that eventually led to the Norman Conquest of England. Even though the story is told from the point of view of the Normans, the tapestry itself was embroiderend in England in 11th century, a few years after the conquest.

Bayeux is also known for its cathedral. The Bayeux Cathedral is an impressive piece of architecture, and it’s the place where the tapestry was originally stored. It’s built in the Norman-Romanesque tradition and the amount of detail that was given to it is simply impressive.

But it wasn’t the tapestry or the cathedral that I loved the most about Bayeux. It was the architecture of the “common” spaces, which, to be honest, don’t look so common at all. Restaurants, store fronts and entire streets send the traveler on a trip down the Memory lane.

If one strays away from the main streets, they can be met with quiet corners and secretive passages, gates that take them into serene gardens and bridges crossing small canals embraced in stone.

One such gate took me into a corner garden, empty save for the few birds that still stuck around, even though autumn was in full swing. There are only a few places in the world that were as peaceful as that one. In the garden, I found a beautiful statue. To this day, the photograph I took there remains one of my favourite ones.

The daylight started to disappear soon, the sun setting on the town. It was time for me to make my way back to the present and to Cherbourg where my ferry was leaving from.

The town of Bayeux was destined to stay in my memory even years later, when I would go through every single memory stick I own in hopes to find some photos from there. As I’m happy to report with my writing, the month-long search was succesful. For some reason, sharing this quiet town and this serene moment felt important, perhaps because of the turmoil the world is in. I hope we can all go back to our own “Bayeux’s” to enjoy some peace and quiet soon.

With love,
– P

Head In The Clouds | One Photo

I’ve been told to get my head out from the clouds so very many times that I probably wouldn’t be able to count it. I’ve been told it by my parents, grandparents, teachers, and even people I once considered friends. But the mountains taught me to keep my head in the clouds, to keep dreaming and reaching higher than anything else.

What happens in the mountains stays… with you for the rest of your life.

There are so very many things the mountains have taught and continue to teach me.

To stand tall and strong through every storm.

To let only the sun, wind, rain and snow paint wrinkles of age on my face.

To be wild and free, with my head in the clouds, while being the rock for those who might need one.

There is so very much more, and even more of that which cannot be put into words. And for that, I am and will be forever grateful to those most beautiful places in the world.

One-Photo Series:

Grand Teton

Foggy Redwoods

Half Dome

Bridalveil Fall

Crater Lake

Mt Rainier

Mount Adams

Black Butte Drowned in Color

Years of Wisdom

Logan Pass View