This is a journal of images by Skip Moss. Photographs of the places, people, and events caught through my lens. Click on the photographs to enlarge them on your full screen browser, and please leave comments.
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Seaside Surprises

Some days I find myself out wandering the coast, not quite sure what to photograph. Then something very common catches my eye, something I may have seen hundreds of times. a different angle or maybe a change in light, but the forms and designs and movement stops me long enough to consider an image. These are a few of those surprises.

Abstract Wave #1, San Simeon Pier

Abstract Wave #2,
San Simeon Pier

Abstract Wave #3,
San Simeon Pier

Kelp Designs,
San Simeon Coast

Indian Paintbrush, Salmon Creek
Southern Big Sur


On the subject of light

I needed to produce some prints for a meeting of photography friends. Looking back through the last few months of work I found a few images on the subject of light. Photographs that were created by the lighting, a spontaneous occurrence, and some planning on my part. A very mixed bag.
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The last hour after a large Pacific storm at Point Piedras Blancas.

Two nights before Christmas along the Morro Bay Embarcadero

The house at Moss Beach, Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach. I am intrigued by the shadows and diminishing light on the trees. 

Slate River Canyon, Crested Butte, Colorado. The wet dirt road just glistened as it wiggled away into the mountains.

A surprise Red Octopus in the tide pools near San Simeon, my first encounter with these.

Candy canes and lights in the grass,  Palm Springs, Christmas.


November Ramblings

Ah, Fall. The early morning sunlight along the coast, the fire red daybreak behind the pines, the glimpses of local wildlife, and the deciduous creekside colors. Days on the beach with just a few people. All familiar places in a softer, quieter tone.

Sunrise, Arroyo Laguna, November 1st.

Sunrise, Arroyo Laguna, November 19th.

6AM Behind the Pines

A day at the beach, San Simeon Cove.

This year the water temperature is 64 degrees well after Summer, San Simeon Point.

The Elk and the Coyote, Arroyo de la Cruz.

Sycamore, Cerro Alto.


Exhibit of the Nepalese Photographs

Update: The Nepal Exhibit will show at Linnaea's through November.

Dear Friends.
I am excited to announce that I have been asked to exhibit images of Nepal for the month of October and November at Linnaea’s Coffee House in San Luis Obispo.
You are cordially invited to join me at the opening night, Friday October 3rd. 6 - 9pm. We will be serving wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres in coordination with Art After Dark and the San Luis Obispo Arts Council.
Many of the photographs on display are the first prints of the images, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.
I hope to see you there.


August in the Southwest, Colorado, Utah and Nevada

An exploration of the Southwestern U.S. provided some gorgeous areas to photograph the late Summer flowers, afternoon thundershowers, distant vistas, and imagery of a wide open landscape. The Rockies and San Juan Mountains of central and Southern Colorado, the desert buttes of Moab and Western Utah, time spent with friends and traveling back roads each provided the ingredients for a very memorable journey. Hope these images help to take you along.

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East Meets West,  Arizona

"Dear Native America", Cow Springs Arizona

West Side Daisy Pass, Crested Butte Colorado

East Side Daisy Pass, Crested Butte Colorado

Ouray, Colorado
Silverton, Colorado

Quintessential Crested Butte

A Glimpse of Fall at 12,000 ft.

Humphreys Silver Mine, Creede Colorado

Evening Light from the Back Porch, Wagon Wheel

Morning on the Lake at Wagon Wheel, Colorado

Aspens, Wagon Wheel

The Quiet Forest, Wagon Wheel

Paddling into the morning light.

I know I didn't take the photo, gone fishing.

The Ice House
Rowboat at the Ice House

Shadows on the Porch
Above the Slate River Drainage, Crested Butte
Slate River, Crested Butte
Early Morning Storm Clouds, Gunnison Colorado

Lichen, Hartman Rocks, Colorado

Light and Shadows, Hartman Rocks, Gunnison
Lightning Below the Milky Way, Moab Utah

Kane Creek Buttes, Moab Utah

Sunlight and Shade along Kane Creek, Moab

Climbing Anchor, Kane Creek Canyon

Storm Clouds Across Central Utah

Passing Storm, Utah
The Drought in California's Mojave Desert


Spring in the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley

An unexpected late Spring snowfall at the end of April helped bring moisture to the Eastern Sierra and desert. While the high country was under two feet of new snow, the Owens Valley bloomed in full color. Well known views and special details were everywhere.

Abandoned bar, restaurant, store?  Inyokern

Single wides, all different colors, all in a row. Coso Junction
Sun-up on the ranch, Bishop

Late Spring snows in upper Rock Creek
Sunrise on Mt. Tom above Bishop and Round Valley. Yes this is the real color in the mornings.

A few Aspen blooms and Sugar Pine, Rock Creek.

Stars after sunset above the Whitney Range.

Sunrise on the Whitney Range from the Alabama Hills

Beavertail cactus blooming in the Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills

Window for the sun

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.