One of the pros of living in the Bay Area is the sheer level of talent - you never know who you might bump into. And when you do, chances are he/she are very good at their chosen profession. I ran into Mindy Pines yesterday at a birthday party and she invited me to check out her photoblog. I did and was blown away. Her mission statement reads in part:

Mention Marin and most think money. Touted the most affluent county in the nation with median home prices surpassing a million, no wonder.

But many of us who call Marin home are renters. Others are homeless. Some drive old cars. Some take the bus. Some work blue collar jobs. Some are unemployed. Whether we're doctors or nurses' aides, restaurant owners or servers, wealthy or not-so-wealthy, we who live here are fortunate to be in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

I have to say she does a bang up job. Take for example, "Daddy's Girl," her picture from the aforementioned party:

Note the way she captures the love and playfulness.

As another example, take the Golden Gate bridge. It's been photographed so many times, it's tough to find a different perspective. I found two here though. The first is entitled "Below Golden Gate":

and the second is "Aliens, GGB":

And as for Marin itself, here are some additional goodies. "Local Color/San Rafael:"

and "Boxtops, Greenbrae:"

I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, the blog is jam packed with great shots like this. Very addictive indeed.

If you want to know more about Mindy, here's an article link.

OK - one more! "Determination/ Marin Headlands":

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- February 15, 2009 12:41 PM // Bay Area