Early settlers in the 1850's recognized the opportunity to raise dairy cattle on the Point Reyes peninsula with it's cool moist climate providing rich grazing lands all year long. But the Franciscan missionaries were the first to introduce feral cattle to this area in 1817. Today Marin Sun Farms raises grass-fed, hormone/antibiotic-free stock on 3,500 acres of mostly certified organic pasture.
There were several working dairy farms of the historic H ranch within the Point Reyes National Seashore and this barn, no longer used, stood out on the furthest reaches of the peninsula north of the San Francisco Golden Gate. This remote end is designated for the Tule Elk who live here thus the dairy cattle are excluded yet the barn and ranch house still remain.
It was a dreary foggy day out along the coast. Converting the first photo into black and white brought out messiness in the sky not visible in the color photo. I couldn't figure out what it was or how to fix it, but being determined to have in it black and white, here it is.
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