|Tennessee Valley Lagoon and Beach|
Bridging civilization to wilderness Tamalpais Valley is linked to the Marin County Headlands and the Pacific Ocean.
Deer make their beds in the woods along the creek and in the valley. Coyotes may sometimes be spotted sneaking off, glancing furtively. Overhead are the occassional Red-tail Hawks. Bobcats may be spotted on the hill above, on a lucky day.
|Black Crow Sentinel|
Crows are frequently claiming their territory; now and then a sentinel may be seen surveying his domain as he mounts guard on rocky outcrops.
Also in that creek are white feather flowers in radial bunches, their white petals more radiant than nursery greenhouse flowers.
|White Feather Flowers|
Often, the marine fog burns off mid morning, lifting in a swirl of white, revealing red bluffs and verdant foliage glistening moist.
|The Fog Lifts|
|Fresh Water Stream|
|Red Rose for Tennessee Valley Beach|
|Blue Heron Flight|
The creek also arrives at the beach, by this time more like a fresh water stream emptying itself first into a small lagoon some two hundred yards inland, then into the sea. A micro ecosystem thrives in these brackish waters and Great Blue Herons are sometimes seen flying off with a belly full of crab.
|Moon Over Tennessee Valley Beach|
|Blue Sky Oculus|
|Sunbeam on Tennessee Valley Beach|
|Evening Sun-rays - Alabaster Bridal Lace|
Evening sun-rays shine on the horizon as waves crash and surf spreads white foam on black sand like alabaster bridal lace on the obsidian altar of the Divine.
|Sunset on the Pacific|
Regrettably, on January 9th, 2013 the oculus/arch ceased to exist. It collapsed and was captured on camera, crashing down, by geologist Roger Willis who happened to by hiking there at the time. The following is a new video compilation of the crash: http://landing.newsinc.com/
Today, a testament to the ever changing world around us, the beach endures. Different, perhaps diminished, yet on clear winter days gentle waves may be seen rolling into white surf, beautiful nevertheless....