Cronkhite Junkie (aka Rodeo Beach)

I am a self professed Cronkhite Junkie. I love to come out here to take a “Reflective Pause” especially when stress levels are high. The beach just opens up a new perspective.  And I need the reminder to take a reflective pause even out here since I am hooked to my Instagram, addicted to capturing surfers venturing in and out of the water.  It’s that priceless moment just before and just after entering or exiting the ocean that begs to captured. There is so much emotion for a dedicated surfer at the start (anticipation) and at the end (pride) of their session.

Cronkhite or Rodeo Beach lies at tip of the Marin Headlands- just three miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge and is made up of jade, red, carnelian and black agate stones. Somehow this beach still feels like a secret. It never feels overwhelmingly crowded even when the offshore winds bring the perfect beach day to The Bay Area. Surfers flock to the north part of the beach and daring souls climb the steep north or south end cliffs to view the thunderous waves rolling in below. To take in the Pacific and the 360 view from the hills above is pure magic. Come out to this beach at sunset when the afterglow lights up the lagoon that sits just behind the beach. To escape the wind, head down to the south end and settle into one of the rocky nooks that will protect you from the onshore chill.  If you find yourself here mid-week, you might have the beach to yourself and get a sense how life was out here years ago. Oh and it’s a great place to come alone or with your beloved, whether it’s a dog or human or both, and of course with your family.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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