Point Reyes is steeped in cultural and natural history. Ancient home to the Coast Miwok Indians, the peninsula and coastal waters provided everything they needed to build a thriving economy. Over 120 villages were recorded on the peninsula. Experts believe european explorer Sir Francis Drake first landed here in 1579 on his journey around the world, claiming California for Queen Elizabeth I. Drakes Bay, on the South side of Point Reyes, now bears the famous explorers name. As Spanish trading boomed between Mexico and the Phillipines, the area saw countless trade ships sail by as they travelled along the coast before catching the trade winds across the Pacific. Shipwrecks throughout the region speak to the areas treacherous conditions and, because of this, the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse was built in 1870. Geologically, Point Reyes is equally as fascinating. It is tectonically separated from the rest of the continental United States by a rift zone in the San Andreas Fault. Looking at the area from above it becomes obvious that the peninsula is clinging to the mainland by a thread. Given its different geology, soils, vegetation and wildlife are locally unique to the peninsula. Herds of elk now roam the northern tip of the peninsula.
For me, words and images provide a powerful storytelling medium and I hope you appreciate the words as well as the images I post. They are together designed to offer a more intimate view into the world of the subject, more than either can provide on their own.
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