This is a journal of images by California photographer Skip Moss. The places, people, and events caught through my lens. Photographs of the Central Coast and mountains of California, the landscapes of the Western U.S. and travels abroad.
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All images © 2013 and beyond, Skip Moss.

1.08.2017

Rain, Finally, Rain. The Central Coast gets a good soaking.

After three years of a prolonged drought California's Central Coast is experiencing a rainy Winter.
Here are some images from the first week of January.
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Morning Sunrise, San Simeon
Painted Sky, Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle below storm clouds

Sunset Strip, Moonstone Beach, Cambria

Santa Rosa Creek, Full to the Brim

Santa Rosa Creek, Flood Stage

San Simeon Creek

The Well Field on San Simeon Creek



11.26.2016

Personal Space

Early morning exercise along the Venice boardwalk in West Los Angeles, a place for the introverts and extroverts to share the fresh air and get some me time.
10.5 million people now live in Los Angeles County alone, 22.4 million in Southern California from Ventura to San Diego.
After thirty plus years on the Central Coast I spent time in a town I hardly recognize, with friends and long lost classmates. It was a joy to see them all.
An unusual assignment I gave myself was to photograph the people finding some personal space.
At first I was a bit overwhelmed,  now I see the beauty and grace in all of it, definitely a well choreographed morning ritual with a wonderful feeling of individuality and tolerance and willingness to share.
That's a good thing these days.
Enjoy.







































9.02.2016

The Other Pacific Northwest

After returning from a three week tour of the mountains, valleys, watersheds, and parts of the coast in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia I was trying to find a common thread to a part of our lands I haven't visited since 1980.
Looking at my photographs, and remembering the moments that geographically stand out I found that water became the binding element. Perhaps coming from a drought stricken dry environment where I live the enormity of the rivers, the lakes, the glaciers, the controlled waterways, and all they provide struck me.
We followed great rivers, the Columbia to its source in Canada, the Kootenay past places with mystical names like Valhalla, crossing mirror smooth Lake Chelan, along the 100 mile Arrow Lakes, past unreal blue Crater Lake. Up the McKenzie and Yakima, the Okanogati. Water everywhere. This abundance of water provides for great swaths of agriculture, apples in the Okanogan, corn in Chelan,  wheat in the Palouse, berries, and rich, deep forests of fir, spruce, redwood, pines, ferns.
These rivers are fed by wild glaciers high up in the mountains of British Columbia, the Purcell Range, the Kootenays, the Nelson Range, Selkirks, the Bugaboos. Hidden places with black and grizzly bears, mountain goats, moose and eagles and osprey and horseflies the size of hummingbirds.  Places where the only way to see them is on foot.
In an attempt to understand where I've been I take photographs, maybe to document the days, but mostly to share the incredible places I experienced. Our idea was to see the offbeat places, the quiet zones. I can only hope that these images portray in some small way the beauty of the territory.

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Skip

It takes a 30 minute ferry trip to cross Upper Arrow Lake on the Columbia River, British Columbia

First evening, rain near Mt. Shasta California

Crater Lake, Oregon

Apple boxes, Chelan Washington

August wildflowers, Rossland, British Columbia

Rossland, B.C.

Morning in Nelson, B.C.

Gimli Peak, Valhalla Provincial Park, B.C.

Horsefly and Mountain Goat, Valhalla Park

Mulvey Lakes cirque below Mt. Asgard, B.C.

Northwest Face of Gimli Peak

The Slocan River section of the Columbia

Slocan Lake at Silverton, B.C.

Ferry crossing, Galena Bay

Shelter Bay along the Columbia

A small tributary in Jumbo Valley, B.C.

Forest, Jumbo Valley, B.C.

Hanging Glacier, Redtop Mountain, B.C.

Jumbo Pass Trail

Cauldron Mountain and glacier.

That's about eight miles away.

Mt. Lady MacBeth and Mt. MacBeth.

Glacial melt, a great campsite

Sunset in B.C.

The Palouse, wheat and open roads, Eastern Washington


Farmstead, The Palouse, Washington

Railway on the Washington side of the Columbia River

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Umbrella Falls, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Nightime on Newport Harbor, Oregon

South Beach, Newport, Oregon

Bandon Harbor, Southern Oregon

Bigfoot at night, Prarie Creek Redwood State Park




lives on the Central Coast of California. These photographs are an attempt to share the story of a place, a person, a moment as it happens. Sit back, take a deep breath, and spend some time enjoying the images.

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