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4th Annual Angel Island Photo Camp (Alumni Only)
With Tim Baskerville, Surrey Blackburn, and Susan Nichols- August 17, 2005


Angel Island
© 2003 Susanne Friedrich

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The Place
Angel Island is a hilly, grass and forest-covered island, the largest in San Francisco Bay. It is located one mile from the Tiburon Peninsula. The park covers 740 acres and is 788 feet high at the top of Mt. Livermore. It provides spectacular views of Marin County, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate, and the entire Bay Area. In addition to recreational facilities (hiking, biking, camping, boating), it is rich in historical significance. For over six thousand years, it was used by Miwok Indians as a fishing and hunting site. For almost 100 years - stretching from the Civil War to the Cold War - the island housed a variety of military installations, including supporting troops on their way to and from the Pacific Theaters in WWI and WWII. It also played a major role in the settlement of the West, serving both as a Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and an Immigration Station.

Today, trails and fire roads provide easy access to the whole island, including many historic sites and breathtaking views. Tours are available at many of the historic sites, especially on weekend days during the high season from April to October or November. Oak, bay, and madrone trees, sagebrush, chamise, manzanita, toyon, elderberry, and coyote brush are native to the island. Eucalyptus, Monterey pine, Douglas fir, Monterey cypress, black locust, Australian tea trees, Portuguese cork oaks, and other trees and shrubs were planted on the island by the military. Wildflowers are abundant.

Workshop Outline
We will photograph the ruins of historic Fort McDowell, Camp Reynolds, and the surrounding landscape of Angel Island, between sunset and "the wee small hours of the morning," with the aid of the Full Red Moon. The Photo Camp is open to Alumni of the various programs of The Nocturnes only.

Accommodations will be on the 'rustic' side - bring a sleeping bag - not unlike what Civil War-era soldiers underwent at Camp Reynolds, where we will be "bunking" in the historic (and still functioning!) "Bakehouse." Susan Nichols will prepare a hearty home-cooked meal on Wednesday night, as well as a light breakfast on Thursday morning. All meals and the fare for the roundtrip ferryboat ride, from Tiburon and back, are included in tuition.

Tuition is $125, with full payment and pre-registration due by August 1, 2005. Meals, beverages and the ferry boat ride are included in the tuition. For more information email us or call us at (415) 824-1653.