In my quest to climb and photograph all the high peaks of the Bay Area I have lists of named peaks and then many others not yet named, only known by their elevation. Peak 967 in Novato is one of them. Just next to Mount Burdell Open Space, the hill is an open grassy knoll with views across the expansive green pastures of West Marin.

Not every photo on a hike, though, is of a grand landscape, summit or sunset. If the light or composition is not interesting there’s always something else. In this case, while walking back down from the summit, I saw some green off in the woods and went to explore. Mossy branches on oak trees, a burbling stream, brown leaves underfoot. Finally this simple rock-moss-leaves composition presented itself. There’s always something marvelous out there. It just takes looking. And seeing.

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