Bay Point, Regional Shoreline
Wetlands along side Suisun Bay. This 150-acre parkland lay at the approximate midpoint of the San Francisco Bay Estuary and the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta.
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The Road In
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:07:53 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The park lay at the end of McAvoy Road where it veered right off of Port Chicago Highway. Just over the rise was a small parking lot. The park didn't appear to be gated, but a sign stated the park was only open from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.


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Path To Wetlands
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
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(Photo taken 11:11:16 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The path that led toward the wetlands was between a fence and the parking lot. The fence separated the path and park from a commercial marina on the other side. It had rained the week before but the path was dry.


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Modest Sign
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:11:28 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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A small sign stuck to the side of a shed labeled the path as a "Public Shore." The parking lot was located well back from the wetlands so the initial view was of this fence and weeds.


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The Parking Lot
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:12:14 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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This was the view of the parking lot as seen from the path to the wetlands. In the middle of summer the grass has dried out in typical California fashion. Notice the low hills in the background. Beyond those hills was Concord.


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The Park Boundary
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
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(Photo taken 11:13:29 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The park was wide but not very deep. Here it ended well before the path to the wetlands ended. Although the path turned into private property, access was open to the public.


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The Private Path
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:14:15 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The private part of the path leading out into the wetlands. To the right, past a barb-wire topped chain-link fence, was an industrial marina.


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Wind Blown Grass
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:15:19 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The grass turned green as we neared the wetlands. A wind blowing out from the land toward the water bent the grass and made it wave almost fluidly.


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A Thistle
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:16:13 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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Several thistles were in bloom with purple edging. Here was an older one that had dried out to match the color of a patch of dried grass.


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Wetlands With Ship Beyond
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:19:07 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The path finally led out into the wetlands. Beyond the low grassy island was the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta with a ship on its way inland.


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Estuary
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
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(Photo taken 11:19:32 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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A wide estuary separated the path from the island across. An old fishing pier lay rotting in the water. Beyond in the background was the park entrance.


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Giant Metal Thing
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:25:54 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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A large metal cylinder had been partly sliced open. It was in the yard of the marina on the other side of the chain-link fence. This shot was taken by poking the lens through a hole in the fence.


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The Ship Passed
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:29:44 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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An oil ship passed close to the distant end of the trail. Like a scene from a movie it appeared to be floating across the grassy plain. The huge ship moved quickly past and was soon distant again.


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Cat Tails
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 11:30:18 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The moist part of the path was lined with tall cat tails. This could be the source of vegetarian sausages or hot dogs. Here the wind continued to blow outward toward the delta.


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Trail Too Muddy
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
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(Photo taken 11:40:42 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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Well shy of the end of the trail it became too muddy to continue. One would be well advised to wear waterproof shoes or boots to take this path. Footprints showed that some had elected to walk further.


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Side Trail Paralleled Tracks
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:02:05 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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A second trail paralleled the train tracks and ran perpendicular to the first trail. This trail ran alongside open grassland. A train happened to pass by just shortly after noon.


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Abandoned Concrete
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:04:37 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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An old concrete building had been torn down and now littered the side of the trail as rubble. There were only a few bits of graffiti but that couldn't last. The concrete could be risky to children because of rusted rebar and rusted steel cable still embedded in the concrete.


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Old Stairs
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:06:31 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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Concrete had formed a staircase. After the building had been torn down, the staircase remained intact and simply abandoned --a true stairway to nowhere.


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Rich Colors
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:09:16 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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The low mix of dry and still green grass created a wonderful pastel wash of color across the land. A bonus was the wind that day, moving the colors and swirling their edges together, softening the entire effect.


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Blown Dry Grass
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:10:07 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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Dry grass was being swirled by the wind that morning, almost like the soft fur of a land creature. Occasionally a hint of underlying green would twinkle into and out of view. The effect was stunning.


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Green And Beige
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:13:04 Sunday 25 July 2010)
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Here there was a roughly even mix of green and dried grasses. The wind caused the two colors to swirl dramatically together, yet even in this still shot that visual feel remained.


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Burned Land
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Located at the end of McAvoy Road, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 10 May 2011)
(Photo taken 12:19:28 Sunday 25 July 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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A grass fire had burned the central part of the grassland. Hints of returning grass were visible, but the land was mostly desolate. A single wind-blown plastic bag became the focus of an otherwise drab field.


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