After weeks of unseasonably warm and fog-free weather, the day dawned for my Photography class’s field trip to Pacifica’s Mori Point. And wouldn’t you know it, the fog rolled in with a vengance. Since the purpose of the field trip was to learn to reduce glare with a polarizing filter, the point of the trip was somewhat negated. But we showed up anyway and tramped around in the fog and the wind looking for something reflective to neutralize with our polarizing filters.

 

No sun. Cold wind. Fog. But our fearless Prof, Nish, kept up a brave face and sent us out to combat non-existent glare.

No sun. Cold wind. Fog. But our fearless Prof, Nish, kept up a brave face and sent us out to combat non-existent glare.

We’re going to have to call the photo safari a wash-out, but I was pleased to discover this almost unknown little State Park, which is apparently the home of two endangered local species: the San Francisco Garter Snake and the California Red-Legged Frog. Overall Mori Point is an interesting hiking, running and biking spot with windswept bluffs, fresh-water ponds and odd art installations.

The endangered and colorful San Francisco garter snake. Photo by Todd Steiner.

The endangered and colorful San Francisco garter snake. Photo by Todd Steiner.

The endangered California Red-Legged Frog. Photo by Kathleen Freel.

The endangered California Red-Legged Frog. Photo by Kathleen Freel.

If you want the easy wilderness experience, Mori Point has lots of flat paved trails.

If you want the easy wilderness experience, Mori Point has lots of flat paved trails.

Or you can take the wilder paths up to the bluffs.

Or you can take the wilder paths up to the bluffs.

We were at the point to mitigate glare with polarizing filters. Ooops. Not much glare today.

We were at the point to mitigate glare with polarizing filters. Ooops. Not much glare today.

But I gave it the old college try. This is a pic of my props without the polarizing filter.

But I gave it the old college try. This is a pic of my props without the polarizing filter.

And this is the same scene with the amazing mitigating factor of a polarizing filter.

And this is the same scene with the amazing mitigating factor of a polarizing filter.

So final score: Field Trip Success, D-. Interesting new wild area found: A-.

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