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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High Sierra Panorama

Little Lakes Valley, Mt. Morgan, Rosy Finch Peak, Pyramid Peak, Bear Creek Spire, Pip Squeek Peak, Mt. Dade


A Return to the Past

I began my trips to the Eastern Sierra skiing in the Winter and hiking in the Summer with friends whose parents had a cabin in Mammoth Lakes. We would spend weekends and long Summer weeks exploring the area. In 1975 I spent a week with my Dad camping in the area and one of my first memories of Devil's Postpile and Red's Meadow was swatting mosquitoes and marveling at the geometry of lava tubes. In 1997 Nancy and I took my Son Nic across the Sierra from East to West starting at Rock Creek, over Mono Pass and down Mono Creek drainage. It was his first week in the mountains. Ten of us spent a perfect Sierra week up there.
15 Years have passed since we first went up Mt. Starr, camped in Pioneer Basin, and watched the sun rise over Mt. Abbott. For my 54th. we returned to my favorite places. Here are some photographs.

Mammoth Mountain in the distance from above Agnew Meadows

Another Giant Whitebark Pine frames Mammoth

The first full day of Fall in the Sierra
Shadow Lake and the Banner-Ritter Range

Devil's Postpile

The columnar-jointed formations of extruded lava.

Fall color reflections

Sunrise, Pyramid Peak and Bear Creek Spire

Ruby Lake, Mt Dade

Red and White Mountain and the Silver Divide 

Four Backpackers, Mono Pass

The view from Mt. Starr into Pioneer Basin

Mono Pass

A slip of the shutter that I liked



Dinner at the vista point

Really tired of the evening fog, we grabbed some Mexican take-out and drove to up 46 to watch the tropical sunset...

Highway 1 and Green Valley Road

 A Pink Cloud Panorama

Foto Fil

Subaru Sunset

How the Po People dine out

A little mountain cabin

She said it was the "Most beautiful nature she had ever seen"

Last sun for September 5th.

Looking Northwest 


A Small Town Parade

Pinedorado in Cambria reminds us that we live in a small community that can still celebrate its heritage and diversity that dates back to ranchos of the Eighteenth century. Here are some visual thoughts on the parade, a collage of families and cultural history, of generations of Californians, celebrating our thin edge of the coast.

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.