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The January Pacific Swell

The past two weeks have been highlighted by large surf along our coast. I went out to capture some of the spectacular scenes.

Leffingwell Landing, Moonstone Beach

Sun filters through low clouds producing a bronze light.

Outside at the San Simeon Campground

We used to know it as "The Pink House"

Another outer reef breaks at 10 feet plus.

One quarter mile out, a 15 foot swell breaks on an un-named reef

Two surfers get the place to themselves

Even the sky looked like it had lines, San Simeon.


Out with the old, in with the new (year)

A new year brings reflection on the past year and the possibilities of the future. Since I haven't posted in some time I decided to share photographs spanning the past four weeks. In a black-and-white mood, here is a strange compilation of recent imagery.
Happy, Healthy New Year, 2014

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December 10th, San Simeon.
Using a slow shutter speed and some camera movement I tried to describe the spinning sensation that happens during the "Holidays". 

December 16, Templeton Feed and Grain.
During a late afternoon visit to the chiropractor to help alleviated the effects of the aforementioned spinning sensation, I focused on the lines of the granary next door.

December 17, Morro Bay Harbor.
While waiting for the Space-X capsule to be lifted, a tropically calm morning of clouds and windless glass continued our dry month.

December 17, Morro Bay Power Plant.
The iconic stacks of the plant, already under deconstruction. Lots of speculation on what will happen to the 60 year old  facility.

December 24, Palm Desert.
An aluminum cross stands above the Coachella Valley at the top of a short hike on Christmas Eve.

December 30, Smuggler's Beach, San Simeon.
A minute before this the bull kelp was in a straight line pointing at the rocks. A minute later it was perpendicular.

January 1, Hearst Eucalyptus Forest.
Exorcising the demons of the past year, the dark forest seemed like an appropriate place to walk out of.

January 1, William Randolph Hearst State Beach.
For years I have seen these old Hearst Pier pilings get exposed by low tides, but never this many. I stood there long after the sunset and everyone had left watching them rise out of the surf.


Three Evenings of Sunsets on the Pacific

Three consecutive evenings this week had spectacular sunsets over the calmest seas of the year.

Monday, from Cambria's Marine Terrace

Tuesday, San Simeon Point

Tuesday, San Simeon Bay
Wednesday, San Simeon Point


Late October Fall Colors across the Sierra Nevada

A few days to soak in the Fall colors in the mountains. The time of year that is quiet and waiting for the Winter snows. It always rains on the last days of October, this year it was a welcome gift.

El Capitan reflected in the Merced River

Oaks and Pines, Yosemite Meadow

Cottonwoods in the valley 
Silver Lake

Cottonwood shedding its leaves, Owens valley


Two Trees, Owens Valley

Approaching Storm

 The first seasonal rains South of Bishop

This arch is well known, Alabama Hills, Lone Pine

Factory on the edge of Owens Lake

Ruby Lake details

Sunset and Stars above Mammoth Mountain

Aspens, June Lake
Lake Isabella at the end of the dry season, Kern County
Tree lined road in Bishop
Open meadows and farm, Owens Valley

Moonset over the Sierra ridge, Ruby Lake


A Few Weeks on The North Coast in Black-and-White

Honestly I have been so busy over the past weeks that I have neglected shooting new work. The Nepal presentation was well received, the guests were extremely generous and thoughtful. The upcoming two weekends I will be showing new prints at the Open Studios Tour in San Luis Obispo.
A couple of photos from the past three weeks.

A Pacific Evening

San Simeon Point

A controlled burn at Piedras Blancas


Nepal Slideshow coming to The Hearst Castle Theater in October

For those of you who missed the March event, I am once again able to give a slideshow presentation of our three week trek in Nepal at the Hearst Castle Theater on the giant screen.
It will be on October 5th. at 7PM. We suggest arriving 15-20 minutes early. Free parking is available in the Visitor Center parking lot.
There will not be a fee for the evening, but we will be accepting donations for the Chalise, Dhading District School and village in Nepal.
If you have been following my posts, we were able to supply over 70 students with books and  backpacks, along with sports equipment and instructional aids for the teachers. All of this was made possible by generous donations from the first show and our good friend Chandra Gurung in Nepal.
The guide services of Mother House Trekking, and specifically Chandra, who now has his own trekking business, Himalaya Guide Nepal, made our perfect trip possible. He organized and delivered over $2500 worth of supplies to the school in the Himalayas of rural Nepal.
I am excited to share the incredible people, culture, and landscape, of the Manaslu and Tsum Valley areas as we walked for three weeks through the high Himalayas on the border with Tibet.
If you are interested in attending please let me know as there is limited seating.


The Perseid Meteor Shower

I dragged myself out Sunday night with friends to see the Perseids shoot across the sky above Cambria.
The top of Santa Rosa Creek road was quiet, clear, calm, and the meteors came out to play. Well worth the late night and lack of sleep.

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Looking West down Santa Rosa Creek canyon at the moon setting above Cambria

Our galaxy

A little closer

The Perseid showers start

They display an interesting white/yellow streak with a green tail

One flies straight down the Milky Way

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.