Perfect Shot: Palo Alto EcoCenter

Photos by Jennifer Fraser

Originally commissioned by Lucie Stern as a center for Sea Scouts—and built to resemble a ship with porthole windows and navigation bridge—the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands was restored as an environmental nature center. Menlo Park photographer Jennifer Fraser enjoys wandering the tidal salt marshes that surround the Center, photographing the herons, avocets and mallards that inhabit them. “It is a peaceful walk, especially in autumn when the sun is low on the horizon and the marsh grasses glow gold and red,” she shares.

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