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Holy Cow! (2 edits)


Right at the Tomales Point Trailhead, in the Tule Elk Preserve, is Pierce Ranch which was a working dairy ranch established in 1858 and one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula.   Unfortunately, after our hike I was too exhausted to spend time photographing the ranch and it’s old structures, but I did manage to capture a shot of the barn from the side and thought I’d present two different edits on the image just for fun.

The farm ceased operations in 1973 and three years later, Congress authorized creation of the wilderness area incorporating that ranch as habitat for the reintroduction of tule elk. Beginning in 1980, NPS invested in the rehabilitation of the ranch core, citing it as the best example of a nineteenth century west Marin dairy ranch. Pierce Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and was subsequently opened to the public as an interpretive site.

Hope you enjoy them!

Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore


Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

61 thoughts on “Holy Cow! (2 edits)

  1. Excellent! Love the top photo edit! 👍🏻😀

  2. I like the top photo, also. The sky adds a huge dimension to the picture.

  3. Both very effective treatments, but I usually favor color and prefer the second.

  4. Never knew about this place. Love the monochrome~

  5. I like the top, very old fashion that suits the building.

  6. Love the first image, it really brings to life your historical bits and pieces.

  7. Both Wonderful photos. The monochrome version is my favourite.

  8. Great edits. The first looks so vintage and genuine, and the second has such great colors! This should be one of Stacy’s 1PF pics!

  9. I lean slightly towards the monochrome aged look but both are excellent.

  10. Beautiful ranch. Good shot even though you were tired, Laura. Both look so mysterious, and more haunted in the second one. Hope you had a great walk 🙂

  11. I like them both! It’s a fabulous barn. I hope you get back there soon to photograph and explore the other structures there.

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  13. Hi Laura! First picture is great for the dramatic sky, second one great for the soothing colors.

  14. That monochrome really does create the feeling of wilderness!

  15. Beautiful Laura. I love both edits but I’m favouring the monochrome. It just seems more suited to the image and conjures up a bygone day.

  16. Both are great, Laura. Enjoy reading the historical info, which made the photo even more special. 🙂

  17. Love them both, Laura. They create two different stories for me.

  18. Laura, I cannot believe I did not comment on this post. First of all, I really was intrigued with the history you gave about this place. And secondly your editing on both images is awesome! Two totally different “feels” in each image, giving each one of them something completely different from the other. Beautiful!!! ❤

  19. Do I detect the influence of Paul Strand on this image? There’s a famous one of his of a white picket fence, and the lowering sky and the boarding have the feel of work of that vintage.

  20. What a stunning photo. Beautiful!

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