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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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?


Lake Tahoe Basin, Summer Storms and Valley Heat

A quick early Summer trip to the Lake Tahoe Basin surprised us with cool, wet weather, spectacular cloudy days, some wildlife, and extreme heat through the Central Valley. The difficulty photographing the area is the number of visitors prowling around. Perhaps due to the weather, or the one-week-before-the-fourth-of-July the crowds were avoidable. Early mornings on the lake are always a treat, as were the views between storms. The Central Valley was cooking as we passed through.

Full super moon rising over the Sierra

Light playing through a clearing storm across the lake

Pier posts from the past.

Layers of Pine Trees

Hiding from the dogs, a yearling black bear waits us out.

Scratching for grubs in the rain

Flicker feeding in the forest service building

Skunk Harbor window detail

Some fine Truckee accommodations

An afternoon storm builds above the Tahoe Meadows lupines

Pier, King's Beach

Secret beach, that's the name, and there are 100 people here by midday

Sunrise Calm

Four Rocks, Sunday Morning

Granite and Blue Water

6 AM, Northeast shore

Three Pines

106 degrees near Stockton
Highway 5

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.