A Sunday Morning Walk in the Coastal Country

Over the last couple of years, I’ve subscribed to the RSS feeds of a number of local folks on Flickr who share some great photography. How I find them initially seems pure serendipity. Sometimes they post one or two photos in a local group – sometimes I just stumble upon their work. If they’re interesting, I add their Flickr RSS feed to my Flickr folder in Google Reader. Inevitably, their work helps me to learn more about photography and stimulates me to visit some new local locations – it’s very rewarding.

This morning, I came across this photo (part of his Half Moon Bay set) in the RSS feed of JB in Pacifica. I loved the “urban decay” look to the barn, the shape of its architecture, and the low sun angle.

This was the first time I had seen this place – it’s the Mills Dairy Barn in the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park just a mile southeast of Half Moon Bay. Here’s a Google Map of the parking area (zoom out to see the surrounding area):


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It was a beautifully clear morning for a nice morning walk up in the coastal country. The road into the park is wide and clear – and an easy walk. It’s about 1.25 miles from the parking lot up to the Mills Barn – took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to complete the roundtrip including the time I took to shoot some HDR photographs along the way.

Here’s one (handheld HDR) that comes closest to what JB had shot – although mine is taken from the downhill side. The full set is here on Flickr or view the slide show below:

All of these HDR shots were taken on a Canon 40D digital SLR using a Canon 24-105mm F/4 IS lens, post-processed using Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 2.2.

On the way off Main St. in Half Moon Bay up Higgins-Purisima Road to the park, I stopped to take a couple of HDR photographs of the James Johnston house – a standout landmark along the coast south of Half Moon Bay.

James Johnston House - HDR

Heading back home up Main St., I stopped for a quick brunch at Chez Shea. I had one of their California Omelets – great!

My final stop was at Half Moon Bay Nursery – just off Hwy 92 at the eastern edge of town. This one is at the top of my list for “Worlds Greatest Nursery”! Too bad they don’t have a web site!

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