Found @ Ft. FunstonĀ 

Hits the road to find what’s out there in the big, wide world. Lately Interstate 5, north to Oregon has been an actual road I’ve been traveling. 

Things catch your eye at 75 miles per hour, like these sunflowers, appearing as though imaged from a speeding auto on “The 5”, as my Los Angelino native wife would say. 

Truth is I took a ton of images of sunflowers after pulling off The 5 and locating this field, about 10 minutes after exiting.  

This particular image, the only one like it out of dozens, was an accident that I didn’t delete while editing on the spot. Glad I didn’t. 

Sunflowers in the abstract along the I-5.

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Sifting Sediments found.

Sifting Sediments found.

Two distinct sediments mixed and laid out in a pattern by the waves at Ft. Funston. The black is an iron rich magnetite, deposited in a dense layer half a million years ago when Mt. Lassen erupted. The lighter, golden sand was left behind 10,000 to 15,000 during the Wisconsin Ice Age. During that time the shoreline as we know it had moved westward about twenty miles. As the Ice Age ran its course and the planet warmed the shoreline moved back east, bringing with it massive amounts of the sand you walk on today at Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. These two remarkably different sediments mix on the shore of Fort Funston’s beaches. The magnetite eroding from a sedimentary layer in the bluffs, and the sands of glacier ground granite, brought here by the Sacramento River long ago are sorted by wave action to create dramatic patterns.