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Martha Ture

Mt. Tamalpais, its surrounding forests and streams, are my territory. It is part of the United Nations Golden Gate Biosphere, recognized for its abundance of species and habitats in the ever-growing and increasingly developed San Francisco Bay Area.

In the years I’ve lived here, I’ve spent time with many individual animals and their family groups. I ramble the same trails and sit on the same hills every week. This regular practice makes me a familiar to the creatures here, and so, some of them let me take intimate portraits of their daily lives. The beautiful land and lakes, flowers and vistas, call me too. I have learned that the land and its plants and animals expect us to make and keep agreements – when we do, we are part of the place, and we can feel connected to the world.


  • Sometimes the light's all shining on me


  • Martha Ture at Lake Bon Tempe, with Mt. Tamalpais behind her, describes her relationship with the wildlife of the mountain.

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