Foundation of all those fables

Wandering on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, high above Stinson Beach, the Bolinas lagoon, Duxbury Reef, and the open Pacific the seascape below was cloud-covered. As the sun began to set, thermals opened an area offshore and I was reminded of a quote from Thoreau of Walden fame: “Who has not seen in imagination, when looking into the sunset sky…the foundation of all those fables?”

Sunset from Bolinas Ridge by Harold Davis

Sunset from Bolinas Ridge © Harold Davis—Click to view larger

There’s magic in the sunset sky, yet we’re scared to succumb to such a simple infatuation. Beauty can make us grumpy, and put us in mind of postcards. Actor Dustin Hoffman cynically put it this way: “I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me.”

Photography can be many things. I’m here to tell you it is okay to shoot sunsets. Personally, I cannot look at one without being moved, and recognizing  the foundation of fables as day turns to night.

This entry was posted in HDR, Landscape, Photography.


  1. Patricia Pall September 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Do you sell cards or postcards with the beautiful image of Sunset from Bolinas Ridge. Bolinas was my home for 25 years and I would love to have this to send to people.
    Thank you,

  2. Harold Davis September 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Patricia,

    Thanks for the kind words. I don’t have a postcard of this image. I do have a postcard book of Marin Headlands and Point Reyes, which you can get through Amazon (—so this has images of the surrounding area.

    I could make you a small original print of the image, please let me know if you are interested and I can let you know the options and pricing.

    Best wishes,


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