dreaming in the shadows of the Sleeping Maiden

Mt. Tamalpais, December 31, 2012

Mt. Tam glimpsed from that path along Corte Madera Creek, Greenbrae

Sure, it would have been absolutely lovely to have that perfect photo of Mt. Tam to show on the last day of this project. But that only happens in the albums of a mind framed by the hard wood of perfectionism. Not that I didn’t spend a good part of the day taking pictures from the time the sun came up until now. In fact, I had taken more photos today than probably all the days of some months in the last year.

There were some richly green pictures of the slopes from this morning, but in the end, I chose one of the last-minute pictures I took on my bike ride along the Corte Madera Creek. I haven’t been on the bike for weeks and by the time I got out there, the sun was slipping fast behind the ridges and the clouds were gathering near the peaks, flattening the light. Still, even with the lesser greens and poorer light, I chose this picture as the last one because of the boat hauled unto the dock in it. After all, it’s the end of the journey in a year of daily photos of the mountain. The mountain will still be there, always in plain view, even in that of mine … that is, for as long as I live in this region.

Mt. Tam will keep on posing for others who are much better at capturing her profile in the changing light of the seasons and of the days. For my camera, for now, she’s saying good night … and so am I….

Mt. Tamalpais at sunset



  1. December 31, 2012

    I especially love the last photo, so appropriate too! Congrats on the year’s photo diary. Will you continue on another blog? I hope so.

    Happy New Year, Maria!

  2. January 1, 2013

    This has been a great blog-project, Maria — so much fun to follow! Thanks.

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    January 1, 2013

    Thank you so much, Maria, for taking us along on this wonderful and intimate ride and retaining the stamina required for such a journey!

  4. January 6, 2013

    Looks like my comment got lost. Congratulations, Maria! Amazing project indeed.

    • January 6, 2013

      Leslee, thanks… your comment showed up on the December 30 post, where I replied. It’s been a haul, this year, but I am so glad I did it and managed to stick with it 🙂

  5. January 7, 2013

    This has been such a pleasure to follow. Huge congratulations on keeping it up every day, Maria. I look forward to more of your wonderful writing, whatever you embark on next.

  6. January 7, 2013

    Thank you all so much for your support. It’s been a fun, at at time quite challenging, project to do. For now, I am back blogging at until a new project takes shape. Hope to be able to spend more time reading blogs, too, not just worrying abou the next daily post 🙂

  7. September 4, 2013

    Just discovered your blog — great project. I’m doing something similar myself and look forward to perusing your pages for inspiration.

    • September 4, 2013


      I loved seeing your pictures. A richer view of the flora and fauna of Mt. Tam to be had through your images. My project was very personal and limited in that I always wanted to have the peak in view (even when there was fog or rain). It was quite a year, though, and I learned a lot about the way light moves around the mountain and how it changes our perception of the ridge lines. I am not a photographer, so I just aimed the camera or the phone at times.

      • September 5, 2013

        Your blog inspires me to look for interesting angles to photograph the mountain from afar, especially as we get ready for fall color. It appeared that Bretano Way in Greenbrae, for example, might be a good viewpoint, with its maples in the foreground.

  8. September 5, 2013

    Bretano Way, Bret Harte, Altura, especially, all are good for capturing fall colors with the light playing up shades and depth, depending on the time of day.

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