Views from Inverness, California

I went out to Point Reyes yesterday, something I haven’t been doing too much of this year compared to last year.  The forecast said there would be fog, but thankfully it was a no-show.  Moreover, the light was fantastic thanks to lots of clouds varying from almost pure white to very dark.  The sun shined through in spots on occasion.   I didn’t see much in the way of wildlife; just the usual ho-hum critters (quail, songbirds, hawks, elk and deer) plus one coyote just before sunset.  I had lunch with a friend who said he saw four bobcats before our lunch.  Another friend told me he saw two badgers there yesterday.  I’m beginning to wonder if I’m losing my touch in spotting wildlife because I haven’t been spending much time looking for them this year.

I was feeling uneasy all day because I only brought my wildlife gear and I sensed there would be some good landscape opportunities at sunset given the good light and the clouds.  Shooting landscape photos with telephoto lenses is, needless to say, limiting.  One thing I’ve been meaning to photograph is Black Mountain, which is a large coastal hill/mountain completely covered in grass.  It is very green this time of year.  I’ve also heard it referred to as Elephant Mountain.  I made a mental note to stop in Inverness on my way home to see how it looked.  I knew it was one landscape scene I could photograph using a telephoto lens.  This is how it looked when I arrived in Inverness.  The green grass of Black Mountain  has been turned to gold by the setting sun.  The water in the foreground is Tomales Bay.  The green hills in the midground are not part of Black Mountain.  I don’t know why it’s called Black Mountain.

Photo of Black Mountain from Inverness.

Black Mountain at Sunset

As I stood there in Inverness, I looked at the rest of the east horizon and saw a nice looking ridge well north of Black Mountain that was also bathed in the last light of the day.  I don’t know the name for it, assuming there is one.  There are two large structures at the top of it, unfortunately.

Photo looking east from Inverness, California

View to Northeast from Inverness

I was somewhat lucky yesterday which counterbalanced my poor planning in not bringing some landscape lenses.  I was lucky in the sense that I made it to Inverness with about 5 minutes to spare before the sun’s golden light left these mountain tops.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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12 Responses to Views from Inverness, California

  1. Chris Shelley says:

    It is most definitely Barnabe. The structure to the right is the fire lookout. The cell tower is new, and “disguised” to be a tree. I grew up in Lagunitas, which is tucked in on the opposite side of this view. Nice photo!

  2. TimB says:

    That is Barnaby, the radio towers give it away, one of the local repeaters currently in use…..I like saying Black mountain rather than elephant mountain, since there seems to be about a million ‘elephant mountains’ in the world…to me, Black mt looks like the back of a fist, I would have named it Knuckle-sandwich Mountain

  3. Jim, If you were pointed towards Soulajule then it no longer sounds like Mt. Barnabe. Speaking of Soulajule, I’ve been meaning to make my way out there one of these days. I’ve never been.

  4. I always love the vibe along Tomales Bay in Inverness. Most times I’m just passing through, but it’s nice to pull over and hang out for a while. Nice sunkissed hills! If I’m not mistaken the other ridge with the cell tower and lookout is Mt. Barnabe. It can be accessed via Devils Gulch as well as the Barnabe Fire Road in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Hi Cole. I just went to Google Earth and I think my lens was pointed roughly in the direction of the Soulajule Reservoir in Sonoma County.

  5. Charlotte Crackbon says:

    So happy you captured these, they are gorgeous landscapes, I’d have never known you used the
    wrong lense. I love all the landscapes you’ve done, I have to spend time soon to look at your
    collection on your website again. Right now its drizzlly and dark in Novato. We’ll get great weather
    again soon. Charlotte

  6. John Wall says:

    Interesting photos! The mountain is named after a rancher (see “Black Mountain was originally named after James Black, a pioneer cattle rancher who moved to the Nicasio-Tomales Bay area in 1848.”

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