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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to head to Piedras Blancas to see elephant seals, particularly since that day just happens to be the peak of the mating season, according to the Friends of the Elephant Seals website.

If that wasn’t InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most’s exact thought, it’s close enough. Accompanied by wife Timi, he headed there this past February 14, and the result is this Photography Exploration.

Here’s more background on the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas, courtesy of the Friends:

“The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to 10 months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of 15 minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting, and rest.

“The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery spreads over six miles of shoreline around Point Piedras Blancas on the central coast of California. The viewing areas are located 90 miles south of Monterey, 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument in San Simeon, 1.5 miles south of Point Piedras Blancas. The viewing areas are open every day of the year, are wheelchair accessible, and free.”

Footnote from Robb: “The zebras are left over from the Hearst wild animal zoo when William Randolph was there.”

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Photographer Ian Ruhter bring’s “perfect imperfections” to Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park

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When invited to view “the world’s largest ambrotype” at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park, there was an immediate pivot to discover just what this was. A quick web search revealed that an ambrotype “is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed […]

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Gideon Mendel explores “Drowning World” at photography lecture on Feb. 9

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Pamela Chen, Head of Creative, Community at Menlo Park-based Instagram will be moderating an event presented by the Palo Alto Photography Forum featuring documentary photographer Gideon Mendel that will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. Mendel will present his ongoing project ‘Drowning World’ that […]

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Menlo Park women rally to make Firefly Institute photo camp happen – despite the North Bay fires

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When the North Bay fires forced the cancellation of the Firefly Institute’s photo camp for women, a group of Menlo Park women came to the rescue, opening their homes for the four days of the camp to the 25 attendees. “While Westerbeke Ranch, the camp’s location, was not in the evacuation area, the air quality was […]

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Taking a photo journey with David Hibbard on the Olympic Peninsula

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We were delighted to reconnect with Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard and take a photo journey with him around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where he’d spent eight days that he described as “not long enough.” He explained that he was just getting back into photography after a number of family responsibilities hindered his time […]

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Barry Fleisher and his camera head coastside to catch fishermen at their work

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When we asked Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher how he shifted from chronicling the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to capturing fishermen working out of Pillar Point Harbor, he said he saw more similarities than differences. “They’re both about people at work,” he said. “Hard and sometimes dangerous work.” His latest project […]

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Photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the sights at Strideaway Farms

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The InMenlo team recently visited horse trainer and riding instructor Nancy Hey at her facility Strideaway Farms in Menlo Park. Beyond capturing what Nancy was doing that day, InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow cast her camera lens at other scenes at the riding academy. We present a few of our favorites here.

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This spring Yosemite Valley is a watery wonderland reports Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most

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For the past 40 years, Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most have been visiting Yosemite in the spring. But this year, they report, is unlike any other due to the amount of water, not just in the form of raging waterfalls but the flooded valley floor. (And no, the top photo is not upside […]

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Exploring San Francisco’s Embarcadero with my iPhone

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I often meet up with my friend Doug Kaye for a couple of hours of street photography in San Francisco. We often meet  at San Francisco’s Ferry Building and head out from there along San Francisco’s Embarcadero towards Pier 24 (which is directly under where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge heads out over the Bay). […]

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Photographer Stuart Jacobson in taking part in Silicon Valley Open Studios this weekend

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By his own account, Menlo Park resident Stuart Jacobson loves taking photos of wildlife and making big prints. “But my landscapes are probably more successful as not too many people want big photos of animals over their sofa,” he told us when we stopped by today to see his photographs, part of the 2017 Silicon […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg cast her lens on Hawaii

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery this May. You can meet her in person at a reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit, titled “The Colors of Hawaii,” features landscapes and seascapes, as well as floral and wildlife […]

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