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Wading bird tracks rendered abstract along shoreline.

Salt Pond A23 is a disused salt pond located just north of Station Island. The pond, which is not connected to tidal flow, has a relatively high level of residual salt. I can always count on A23 to present the vibrant colors associated with high salinity. It is also a good pond for ground textures along its salt-encrusted shoreline. The pond gains water from precipitation during our rainy season and then dries out during our rainless summers. This tends to leave stratified marks along the shore recording the stepped phases of this filling and emptying. The high-salinity brine that fills this pond seems to resist the small surface ripples produced by wind. While the winds during this session were quite variable, ranging from 5 to 15 mph, the surface of A23 stayed mirror-like for much of the session. This produced some pleasant visual effects as the sun set.

The session’s variable winds kept me on my toes. I started with a Sutton 16 but it proved underpowered. After shifting to a Sutton 30, I had adequate and sometimes excessive lift, but I was also bedeviled by lulls in the wind. These caused several occasions where I went into a full bore “cradle recovery drill,” rapidly inhauling line to keep the camera cradle from being pickled in the salt brine. Happily, it worked out.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Kite flying is prohibited over the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge as is access to this part of the refuge without a Special Use Permit.

Tags:   Fremont California United States of America KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies SBSPRP Don Edwards South San Francisco Bay salt ponds A23 wetland

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Salt Pond A23 is a disused salt pond located just north of Station Island. The pond, which is not connected to tidal flow, has a relatively high level of residual salt. I can always count on A23 to present the vibrant colors associated with high salinity. It is also a good pond for ground textures along its salt-encrusted shoreline. The pond gains water from precipitation during our rainy season and then dries out during our rainless summers. This tends to leave stratified marks along the shore recording the stepped phases of this filling and emptying. The high-salinity brine that fills this pond seems to resist the small surface ripples produced by wind. While the winds during this session were quite variable, ranging from 5 to 15 mph, the surface of A23 stayed mirror-like for much of the session. This produced some pleasant visual effects as the sun set.

The session’s variable winds kept me on my toes. I started with a Sutton 16 but it proved underpowered. After shifting to a Sutton 30, I had adequate and sometimes excessive lift, but I was also bedeviled by lulls in the wind. These caused several occasions where I went into a full bore “cradle recovery drill,” rapidly inhauling line to keep the camera cradle from being pickled in the salt brine. Happily, it worked out.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Kite flying is prohibited over the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge as is access to this part of the refuge without a Special Use Permit.

Tags:   Fremont California United States of America KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies SBSPRP Don Edwards South San Francisco Bay salt ponds A23 wetland

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Salt Pond A23 is a disused salt pond located just north of Station Island. The pond, which is not connected to tidal flow, has a relatively high level of residual salt. I can always count on A23 to present the vibrant colors associated with high salinity. It is also a good pond for ground textures along its salt-encrusted shoreline. The pond gains water from precipitation during our rainy season and then dries out during our rainless summers. This tends to leave stratified marks along the shore recording the stepped phases of this filling and emptying. The high-salinity brine that fills this pond seems to resist the small surface ripples produced by wind. While the winds during this session were quite variable, ranging from 5 to 15 mph, the surface of A23 stayed mirror-like for much of the session. This produced some pleasant visual effects as the sun set.

The session’s variable winds kept me on my toes. I started with a Sutton 16 but it proved underpowered. After shifting to a Sutton 30, I had adequate and sometimes excessive lift, but I was also bedeviled by lulls in the wind. These caused several occasions where I went into a full bore “cradle recovery drill,” rapidly inhauling line to keep the camera cradle from being pickled in the salt brine. Happily, it worked out.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Kite flying is prohibited over the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge as is access to this part of the refuge without a Special Use Permit.

Tags:   Fremont California United States of America KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies SBSPRP Don Edwards South San Francisco Bay salt ponds A23 wetland

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on a field in Dortmund


Die Kamera hängt in der Leine eines Drachens.

Photo taken by a camera suspended from a kite.

Tags:   KAP Delta Picavet Video-downlink field Banner KAP-Project

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For years now, microbiologist Wayne Lanier and I have hiked from Alviso’s Marina County Park north along the salt pond levees to visit a site we call the Weep (see baynature.org/article/out-at-the-weep/ ). The path parallels an active railroad track that dates back to the South Pacific Coast Railroad in the 1870s. This line stretches from Newark to Alviso and was the first rail line to cross Bay Area marshlands.

On this particular outing, I launched the kite from the levee between Salt Ponds A13 and A15 and then slowly walked back to the Alviso trailhead. Photographs taken along the route provide coverage of the Weep, the railroad grade with its flanking ditches, salt ponds, and New Chicago Marsh. The Alviso flat area, a curious carve out between the salt ponds and the railroad grade, was still full of runoff from our winter rains.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Kite flying is prohibited over this part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge without a Special Use Permit. The area does have many trails open for hiking and is well worth a visit.

Tags:   Sunnyvale California United States KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge salt ponds South San Francisco Bay Alviso A12 A13 A15 A16 New Chicago Marsh Alviso flat railroad the Weep


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