A Sweet Pocket Marin Beach for Dogs (and Humans too)

A hop jump and skip away from San Quentin Prison, nestled between the San Rafael Bridge and Larkspur Landing lies a bitty little sandy cove tucked under eucalyptus and cypress tress that provide necessary shade on the hot days. Every time I stop off to let Murphy, Ella, Poppy (and any other number of dogs that might be hiding in the back of my car) play, swim and frolic, there will inevitably be either a whole gang of other pooches to cavort with or none. Both are good. None means relative quiet and lots mean you’ll be on your toes trying to keep track of whose ball is whose. There are no waves so the dogs have no fear. I love to bring a blanket and nestle down in the soft sand to relax for maybe just five minutes before I get barked at by Murphy urging me to play or sprayed by a sweet pup shaking off the good old salt water. And rather than get cranky, I take it as a good omen and only wish I could go in there with them and swim free in the briny bay. It’s been warm this spring but still a bit nippy in the Bay and who knows what’s in there….but I guess if it’s good enough for the dogs…


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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