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Novato, California

The small cascade that makes up the middle portion of Pacheco Creek Falls is lined with brilliant emerald moss. As the water trickles down in the early spring the entire scene is sublime and peaceful. The small pool at the bottom not much bigger than a puddle at the moment.

The Pacheco Creek trailhead is located in south Novato at the terminus of Pacheco Creek Drive and offers a moderate but short hike to the base of the falls. A goat trail continues up the valley, but is quite steep and slips can happen easily.

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Novato, California

April 15th, 2014, the evening haze that had been lingering for hours as the full lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, began finally cleared up at about midnight. I got my gear ready and set up shop in my back yard for about an hour until I finally got this image at about 12:45am PDT.

I just love witnessing these full lunar eclipses and the resulting images scattred about the internet. Such a mind boggle to think that so many people were all looking at the same thing for a period of time tonight, and it wasn’t a TV or computer screen!

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Novato, California

Pacheco Valley, located on the southern end of Novato offers up a short nature hike at the terminus of Pacheco Creek Drive. The trail to the lower falls is well maintained and easy to navigate but becomes quite steep and narrow going above the lower falls.

This image was taken just above the lower falls, which had a bit too much overgrowth for a decent image after the heavy rainfall this past month. As with most of the Marin County waterfalls, Pacheco Creek Falls are heavily reliant on sustained rainfall and we’ve been lucky recently with a couple storm systems rolling through town.

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Novato, California

A nice early spring blossoming of the plum trees here in Novato, CA. Its a very magical time of the year that lasts about a week when the numerous plum and cherry plum trees are filled with beautiful white and pinkish blossoms.

Today was the perfect day to get some shots of these spring time blossoms with a light cloud cover adding in some drama to the sky. Took this one in my back yard with my trusty (and heavy) manual AiS lens.

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Novato, California

Spring seems to be upon us here in Marin County despite the forecast for a nasty storm coming this week! I took the opportunity to capture the plum blossoms out in the back yard before they blanket the ground and are gone for another year.

I decided this was a prime opportunity to use my old 35-70mm f/3.5 AiS manual focus lens as the minimum focus distance is extreemly short, 0.35 meters to be exact! The result is a nice sharp foreground and a background that is just bursting with color and that nice out-of-focus bokeh.

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Novato, Califirnia

After getting some shots of the lower falls I made the first climb up to the top of the middle falls. I was hoping to get to the base of the middle falls, but found that the side of the hill I was climbing just didn’t provide access easy enough. Instead though, I managed to get into position in the middle of the creek for a shot looking down over the middle falls and into the valley below.

The creek here is quite narrow and the water flow wasn’t at its peak, wich worked out perfectly for this shot. The vantage point here is is somethere around 75 feet above the base of the lower falls, certainly not a drop I’d like to make myself. The upper falls are another quarter mile up the valley behind me.

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