Down the San Mateo Coast once again. A great place for tide pools is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – a San Mateo County Park.

For tide pooling, it’s best to be there at low tide. I didn’t plan on that, just decided to stop by there and found it was low tide. So, I took advantage of that and captured images of sea creatures. One thing about your visit there – don’t disturb any of the critters. Unless you want to get kicked out of the park. See the link above for more information about the Reserve.

Meanwhile, you can see a few of my images here.

Spent some cold minutes in high winds capturing the San Francisco Fireworks last night. Good show…if you like fireworks. You can see more here.

One question I get this time of year is “What settings do you use?” So, here you go. I was using a 55-200mm lens on my Fuji X-T1 mounted on a tripod. The aperture was f/7.1 or f/9.0. ISO was 200. Shutter speed was set to Bulb. Using a remote control, I would trip the shutter when I saw the launch flash on the barge. I’d let up at some (random) interval after that. The shutter speeds in the gallery range from 2.6 seconds up to 6.5 seconds.

Continuing with my exploration of the Presidio, I spent an early morning hiking around El Polin Spring. This is basically a continuation of the hike from last week. It turned into a search for flowers since that was the most colorful thing I saw. That reminded me of a short conversation I had several years ago on a shoot with a friend on a foggy morning:

Friend – “There’s not much color today.”
Me – “Gray and Green are colors.”

Now I’m more in the “not much color” camp which really means I’m just not being creative. You can see some other shots from the morning here.

I stopped at Crissy Field to see there was any windsurfing in progress after my hike. There was but only a few riders. It was very windy – back in the day the beach would have been jammed with people rigging and going out. Now, not so much. I got in a couple of shots as you can see below.

The Presidio Ecology Trail is a nice easy hike with some good views. I was surprised there were quite a few flowers along the trail – expected them to be gone since it’s officially summer now. I guess these apples(?) don’t qualify as “flowers” but I found them interesting. And here’s some flowers from my hike. More images here.