blog of photos taken with a camera by me



Workers process harvested oysters at the Drakes Bay Oyster Company located on the shore of Schooner Bay in Drakes Estero in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore near Inverness, California, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been ordered to vacate a federal marine sanctuary in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. The oyster farm’s fate now rests with the Supreme Court, which is set to decide whether to hear the company’s appeal. Under pressure from conservationist and the Park Service, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to not issue a new operational permit and extend the lease of the land for the oyster company. The oyster company is the latest longtime business being forced off federally protected land in the West. In 2005, the Lunny family took ownership of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company which has been in operation for decades. Drakes Estero has been in commercial oyster production for nearly 100 years. Drakes Bay Oyster Co. produces over 300,000 oysters and about one million Manila clams each year, reportedly, 85 percent of shellfish grown in Marin County.

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Portrait of San Francisco firefighter Elyse Duckett in the new July issue of San Francisco Magazine. Duckett is suing her department for blaming her alone for the death of a teenage survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO when at least two fire trucks ran over her on the runway.


ICE immigrant detainee Beatriz Corona of Los Angeles talks on the phone in a female detainees module at the coeducational medium security West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California. Ms. Corona, who was arrested for assault in 2010, has lived in the US since she was 2 years old and is now facing deportation to Mexico where is was born. She has been in ICE’s custody for 21 months and says she “has no one in Mexico.”

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Two-and-half year old BB Caspare checks out cherries at the Marin County farmers market at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California, Sunday, May 18, 2014. BB’s father, Tim Caspare, is a chef and head purchaser at Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco and often buys produce for the restaurants at the Marin farmers market. Measure B, which will be on the June 3rd ballot, would create a permanent building and location near the current location which is in a parking lot of the Civic Center. The Marin County farmers market is the third largest in the state.

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Astronomer and Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley Geoffrey Marcy poses with Rose, one of his chickens, at his home in Berkeley, California, Friday, May 09, 2014. In April, NASA’s orbiting Kepler telescope discovered Kepler-186f, a planet believed by astronomers to be the most Earth-like planet yet detected. The planet is 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Dr. Marcy has been studying and searching for exoplanets for decades.

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A foot wash at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Starting May 1, the City of Santa Cruz Water Department imposed water rationing on residential customers in an effort to reduce consumption by 25% in response to California’s drought. The department is giving out free water conservation devices to residents. The drought and Santa Cruz’s limited access to fresh water has led to the rationing.

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Patricia K, Gillette, a lawyer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, poses for a portrait at the firm’s office in San Francisco, California, on Friday, May 2, 2014. Ms. Gillette founded the Opt-In Project, an initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms in order to increase the retention and advancement of women in the workplace.




Republican Congressman Tom McClintock of California’s 4th congressional district poses for a portrait after hosting a town hall meeting in the Calaveras County Water Agency Board Room in San Andreas, California, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Congressman McClintock is being challenged in the next election by moderate Republican Art Moore. California’s 4th District trends conservative. San Andreas, the town the Congressman was visiting, also leans Republican.