The Farallons from Fort Scott

November 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Here is a shot you don't see every day. The Farallon Islands 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. They rise out of the sea like pillars for which they were  named by the Spanish. In the foreground is Mile Rock Light House or should I say, what is left of it, lying just off China Beach. 14,000 years ago this was a meadow that stretched out to the Farallons and the Golden Gate was just a river. (It was fun playing in that meadow as a child)

The Farallon Islands are in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary and are the home to thousands of sea birds, seals and sea lions as well as Grey Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Killer Whales. It is also the home of one of the greatest concentration of Great White Sharks in the world. Outnumbering the sharks, seals and birds are the some 44,000 barrels of nuclear waste that were dumped there between 1946 and 1970 by the military. Weighted down by concrete, some did not sink and were shot full of holes until they sank to the bottom.

They Islands and wildlife are now protected as a National Wild Life Refuge and are off limits to the public. While I have seen their silhouette on a clear day, I have never before see the detail like this. In this photo they look close because of the compression of the long lens. Still, to the naked eye they were pretty clear.

Nikon D300s

ISO 400

Hand Held

Nikkor 70mm-300mm lens

 


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