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December 15. 2011

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This photo is taken in early morning in Point Reyes NS, California, close to San Francisco, America, USA.

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Point Reyes is a great place to conduct your very own time-motion study of the San Andreas Fault. Evidence of both slow- and fast-moving forces can be found at the national seashore. Wave-torn rocks of the craggy coast match rocks in the Tehachapi Mountains more than 300 miles to the south. Many plants and shrubs found on the west side of the fault are pre-Ice Age relics not found on the east side. Plates forming the earth’s crust do not always creep quietly past each other, of course. In 1906 they clashed violently, and the result was California’s worst natural disaster, the San Francisco earthquake. Point Reyes was shoved 16.4 feet to the northwest. A cow barn, located near the park rangers’ headquarters, was ripped in two. A corner of the barn stayed on the foundation and the rest was carried sixteen feet away.Rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore encourage visitors to take a close look at the San Andreas. You can watch the seismograph, which constantly measures the earth’s quivers, or take the self-guided Earthquake Trail (a memorable nature trail). One sees creeks and fences that were rearranged by the 1906 quake and the spot where, a colorful legend has it, an unfortunate cow was swallowed up by the heaving earth, leaving only her tail waving above ground.

I am thankful for Mother Nature, that in this area have not been jet many drastic earthquakes. Along with the earthquake-displaced land, the ocean is an overwhelming presence here. Pt. Reyes is bounded on three sides by more than 50 miles of bay and ocean frontage. The point, described as hammer-headed—or wing-shaped by the more poetic—literally and figuratively sticks out and stands out from California’s fairly straight-trending coast north of San Francisco.

British explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have been the first to arrive on these shores in 1579. Long before—and after—European discovery, the native Coast Miwok lived well off the land’s bounty: elk, deer, fish, shellfish, acorns, berries and much more.


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Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 3 years ago

    stunning capture

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    – loiteke

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    GORGEOUS Meeli!!!! :)))

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/09/15
    Awesome capture!

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  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieabout 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture Meeli!!! Please add the COUNTRY to this entry. I couldn’t find it. THanks, S.

  • Thanks Stephanie for your comment and support

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous scene and capture.

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  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150about 3 years ago


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

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    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

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  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Excellent capture, love the reflection!!

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  • greenstone
    greenstoneabout 3 years ago

    now thats what i call amazing!!! georgie

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