Photographing Coastal National Parks

Photographing Coastal National Parks

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In June of this year, while touring New England, I plan to spend some time in a U.S. National Park that I’ve long known about, but never visited, let alone photographed: Acadia.

(Kim Carpenter Flickr Photo)

Located along Maine’s coast, the scenery should produce plenty of “photo ops.”

But although that coastline will be new to me, shooting photos in coast-side national parks is something I’ve been doing for over 40 years.

Getting “The Point”

Point Reyes National Seashore, along the western edge of Marin County, California, is about an hour-plus drive north of San Francisco. I’ve been there countless times over the past four decades, and since January of 2008, have frequently hiked its shoreline, forests, and valleys with a group of “locals.”

One of the all-time favorite photos that I have taken in the park is this one above of a member of our hiking group literally standing at the edge of the world looking toward “The Point.”

A “Gold Mine” Near The Golden Gate

While the Golden Gate Bridge spans the gap in the coast mountains between Marin County and San Francisco, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a federal park that spans the coastline north and south of “The Gate,” is a “gold mine” of outdoor recreation activities.

Although the views down the coast to San Francisco from the edge of the sea or the high hills in the GGNRA can be spectacular, I have a special fondness for this black-and-white shot of our hiking group standing inside “Battery Townsley,” a WWII gun emplacement.

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