Magical Elephant Rock Tomales, Ca.
Tomales is a coastal town in western Marin County it was originally inhabited by the coastal Miwok Tribe. In 1870 it was a stop on the North Coast Railroad connecting the town of Cazadero to Sausalito. These massive boulders are located on Dillon Beach rd off of Hwy 1 out of the town of Tomales. Tomales is about 20 minutes from Petaluma and 75 minutes from San Francisco. This town is built very close to the San Andreas Fault line and took a hit during the 1906 earthquake. This is a very small quaint town on the California coast.
When I started off I didn't know what to expect as far as weather goes, but I thought to my self there is no better time than now. The drive there is very beautiful twisting and turning your way thru the rolling hills of Sonoma County and North West Marin County. The hills had thick patches of dense fog laying in the valleys and the sun trying to work its way thru them was spectacular, I wanted to pull over and take these shots but at that rate I would never get there it is just to beautiful so i kept my eye on the prize. When I pulled up to these massive rocks it was foggy and damp and there were some young kids hanging out on them taking pictures so I waited for them to leave and set up the tripod and camera and went to work. There was no sun anywhere to be found at this point and the thick Pacific Coast fog bank was sitting off in the distance in the ocean. There was a clear area of blue sky off the coast and it looked beautiful with a orange glow of the sun trying to peak it's way thru. I first took my images from the top of the rocks and off to the ocean, there is a way down to the pasture below if you head to the left of the pull out area and slide down the smooth rocks. From the pasture below it is definitely an awesome site to think how old these rocks are and what they have seen and been through. It wasn't the most beautiful of days but I think I made due just fine. If you ever find your self near this area it is worth a stop just to see this place. While I was standing in this bright green pasture and looking at these massive rocks I wondered what the original inhabitants the Miwok tribe thought of these rocks. They almost look magical.
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