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 Post Has 3 Comments

  1. 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. 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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