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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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


Eastern Sierra weather. Sun, rain, hail, heat, cloud filled days and clear nights.

Four days on the Eastern Sierra slopes in late July with every type of weather. From Bridgeport south to the mojave.

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Clear skies and the milky way above the Northern Sierra

Stars, stars, stars

Another brilliant Eastern Sierra sunrise

Summer aspen slopes above Conway Summit

A lightning strike from a Summer squall

The black and white version of Green Lake

The Green Version

Red Fir

Ranch house, Big Pine

Mt. Williamson, Onion Valley

Mojave Desert


Southern Big Sur Coast

Another round of evening spectacle, this time along the southern Big Sur coast. Once again I stayed until after dark in the calm and warm Summer evening.

Southern Big Sur Coast 

The Pacific Edge

San Simeon Glow and Moonlight


Monsoon Clouds

Monsoon clouds made for spectacular evening light Wednesday. I stopped at the North end of Estero Bay, walked out to the bluffs and stayed from 6:30 to after 9pm. I can't say that I caught the mood, but the light and color was really special. To get the full effect open each image to full resolution.

The clouds streaming northward over Cayucos

A small shrine above Estero Bluffs

Looking Northwest at the painted sky from Estero Bluffs

Even the tide pools had unusual colors

A rare sunset rainbow over the bay

The colors went from subdued to vivid oranges and reds.

Is Calm Pacific an oxymoron?

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.