25 Jan 2010
I live near San Mateo (in the SF Bay Area) in an area consisting of a series of gradually rising ridges running parallel to, and overlooking the bay. The canyons between these ridges are quite steep and densely wooded, therefore some of this land has not yet been developed for housing and is home to deer, coyotes, bobcats, racoons, possums, skunks and other wildlife.
In many cases, roads cut through these valleys, and there is one in particular that I travel frequently. Along that road, wire fences and "no trespassing" signs have started to appear along with construction equipment and markers. As I passed by one late afternoon the light brought the thicket alive, highlighting the planes of terrain, the intricate structures of the vegetation and its rich muted hues. I stopped the car by the side of the road and photographed for half an hour.
These images are my "thank you" to one of the last stretches of virgin land in my neighborhood, whose unassuming beauty has enriched my life for so many years, and will soon disappear.