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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Racing through the Southwest

My obsession with the perfect vehicle created an opportunity to fly to Durango and B-line it home in two days.
Between Farmington NM and Flagstaff AZ a state highway bisects what was once the great Navaho Nation. 
Our newest “ships” pass by their monuments at 65 mph, barely recognizing the poverty our forefathers legislated.

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Monument Valley in the Distance

My obsession, Ship Rock

The Navaho Nation at 65 mph, New Mexico

Reservation Clouds


Four days in lower slopes of the Eastern Sierra

California's Eastern Sierra is celebrating a record snowfall and the Winter rains. Camping along the lower slopes, the abundance of flowers, of water, and of gorgeous light, provide a Spring like few others we have witnessed.
Here are the results of just four days.

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South face of Lone Pine Peak.

Recapturing water to refill the Owens Lake

Granite canyon below Mt. Langley

Sunrise in the Buttermilks


The Buttermilks in bloom

Owens Valley backroads and Mt. Tom

Lower Rock Creek

Jeffrey Pines, Rock Creek

Jeffrey Pines

A comfortable pine needle stop

Winter still holds on at 8000 feet in Upper rock Creek

The lava flow blooming along Highway 395 near Big Pine

Out of pure lava rock, Apricot Globemallow

Too many miles, content to be spoiled

Wide open 

Flowering Joshua Tree

Desert Cholla

The Kern River as full as it gets

Kern River

The entrance to Kern Canyon, this waterfall is from an overflow hardly used.

Rolling hills turning to gold

Epic Spring growth near Parkfield


Winter Rain Turns Spring Green

I cannot say that I have ever seen a Spring as strong and important as this. Winter was full of rain and storms and passages. On February 21st my father passed peacefully at home, and the clouds in the Coachella Valley gathered that day and it rained, and brought life to the dry desert.
Three weeks later a green cast spilled across the rolling hills and rocky peaks and Spring in California was more vibrant than ever.
Traveling from the Central Coast to the Coachella Valley Desert, the landscape is a luminescent shade of green and yellow. The dark, introspective colors of winter have given way to the bright, fresh saturated colors of a new season.
March 17th,  St. Patrick's Day, would have been my father's 100th birthday. It was celebrated by friends and family, and the blossoming of plants jumping at the chance to sprout again.
Here are a series of images gathered to celebrate the continual cycle we experience.
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Clouds, Coachella Valley, February 21, 2017

March 17, 2013

Snow-capped Rocky Butte, Cambria 2017

Moonset, Piedras Blancas

Storm Clouds Above Green Valley Road, Cambria

Horseplay, Hearst Ranch

Shades of March Green

Coachella Valley Bloom

Alternative Green, La Quinta, California

December 2013, The Living Desert Museum


Rough Seas and Stormy Days

Recent weeks can only be described in terms of rough seas and stormy days. Continuous rain and winds from the North and South have mixed the color of the waters into a muddy chocolate coffee brew while the California coast manages the swells as best it can. And then Spring will come, all bright and green and new.

Morro Rock, Saturday January 21st.

The Breakwater

Shadows Between Storms, Estero Bay

Approaching Storm #3, Cambria Coast

All Whitewater, Cambria Coast

Edge to Edge, Santa Rosa Creek

Freshwater Swimmers


Double Latte

Ten Feet Tall

Light South Winds and Chocolate 

Breakfast Coffee


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

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.