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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Fiscal Memories

Whoever said that change is the only constant had this year in mind. I'm not one to reminisce through my past 12 months, but the previous dozen have set the standard for "New Year".
Luckily for me I record most of it and get to take a visual look back to see how I got to now.
We each have our annual memory, mine challenged with important passages, losses and gains, and beautiful time with friends and family.
The images here are not so much a representation of my photography, but a thank you to all who helped me pass through the year. Each friend is held closely, remembered for the time we spent, and for the year we have spent together.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year as we continue forward. Good health, laughter, love, and plenty of time to enjoy them all.

 California Storms

Santa Rosa Creek

Pacific Latte

Morro Bay Breakwater


Herb Moss, 1917 - 2017

February 21, Palm Desert
Women's March, SLO

The Galley

Celebrating a life


Spring in the Eastern Sierra

A record snowpack

Cottonwood Lakes Road
Immigration, a Father's Return


Mt. Whitney


Early Fall Color, Colorado

Racoons, photo: Xavi Fane

Morning Commute

Aspen Trees 

An Invitation

The evening ritual with friends

Rest stop on top

Taking care of his flock

Monument Valley in the distance

Another Passage, San Luis Obispo

Moonstone Beach
In the Water, photo: Natalie Michaels


Piedras Blancas Motel, the end of an era

Stormy days

Santa Ana Winds, Piedras Blancas


Sunset near the end of the year.


Pacific Days and King Tides

Early mornings and late afternoons along the Northern coast of San Luis Obispo, calm and clear and perfect. The evening king tides of the past couple of days have added some drama to our "regular" coastline. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is alive with whales, dolphins, seals, elephant seals, large schools of anchovies and sea birds of all types this time of year.

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A Calm Morning at the Light Station

Santa Lucia Winds Feather the Northwest Swells, Piedras Blancas

Sea Rocks, Northern San Luis Obispo County

San Carpoforo Creek at Ragged Point

The Lowest Tide of the Year, Little Pico Creek.

Sunset,  Minus Tide.



I find myself more drawn to the backroads, those two lane areas still slightly hidden from current affairs. Although I have visited many of these places through the years I still enjoy the wide open skies, the differing climates and altitudes, the variety of ecosystems and social environments. My eyes are open again, and all the details catch my curiosity.
I also notice, more and more, how time passes faster and faster. How the news, and the phones, and the emails, and the messages never let go. We are always connected. The backroads help to slow that passing, help to disconnect from the busy and reconnect to ourselves. I feel really lucky to have recently had three weeks to explore some favorites, here are images from some special areas of the mountainous West.

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Little Lakes Valley, Sierra Nevada

Light Streaking Across Mt. Whitney, Sierra Nevada

Yosemite Valley

Calochortus, Eastern Sierra

Basin and Range number 2, maybe 3, Nevada

Basin and Range, number 3, maybe 4, maybe 5

Collecting the un-eclipsed, Nevada

The Extra-terrestrial Highway

Not sure what the signs are telling me

Crested Butte Evening

West Maroon Pass

First Colors, Late August

A Hidden Lake in Colorado

The Morning Ritual

Another Day on the Lake


Ice House Detail

Mechanical Crane


Lemon, garlic, onions, squash, butter, dinner


Reflecting the Clouds 

Silverton, Colorado

Doorway, Silverton

Doorway #2, Silverton


Sheepherding, San Juan Mountains

Wilderness Flock

It's a dogs life

Over 1 million

Yes, I took this one in June too, Monument Valley Silhouette, Arizona.

Colorado Monument

Kebler Pass, Colorado

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.