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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November Ramblings

Ah, Fall. The early morning sunlight along the coast, the fire red daybreak behind the pines, the glimpses of local wildlife, and the deciduous creekside colors. Days on the beach with just a few people. All familiar places in a softer, quieter tone.

Sunrise, Arroyo Laguna, November 1st.

Sunrise, Arroyo Laguna, November 19th.

6AM Behind the Pines

A day at the beach, San Simeon Cove.

This year the water temperature is 64 degrees well after Summer, San Simeon Point.

The Elk and the Coyote, Arroyo de la Cruz.

Sycamore, Cerro Alto.


Exhibit of the Nepalese Photographs

Update: The Nepal Exhibit will show at Linnaea's through November.

Dear Friends.
I am excited to announce that I have been asked to exhibit images of Nepal for the month of October and November at Linnaea’s Coffee House in San Luis Obispo.
You are cordially invited to join me at the opening night, Friday October 3rd. 6 - 9pm. We will be serving wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres in coordination with Art After Dark and the San Luis Obispo Arts Council.
Many of the photographs on display are the first prints of the images, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.
I hope to see you there.


August in the Southwest, Colorado, Utah and Nevada

An exploration of the Southwestern U.S. provided some gorgeous areas to photograph the late Summer flowers, afternoon thundershowers, distant vistas, and imagery of a wide open landscape. The Rockies and San Juan Mountains of central and Southern Colorado, the desert buttes of Moab and Western Utah, time spent with friends and traveling back roads each provided the ingredients for a very memorable journey. Hope these images help to take you along.

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East Meets West,  Arizona

"Dear Native America", Cow Springs Arizona

West Side Daisy Pass, Crested Butte Colorado

East Side Daisy Pass, Crested Butte Colorado

Ouray, Colorado
Silverton, Colorado

Quintessential Crested Butte

A Glimpse of Fall at 12,000 ft.

Humphreys Silver Mine, Creede Colorado

Evening Light from the Back Porch, Wagon Wheel

Morning on the Lake at Wagon Wheel, Colorado

Aspens, Wagon Wheel

The Quiet Forest, Wagon Wheel

Paddling into the morning light.

I know I didn't take the photo, gone fishing.

The Ice House
Rowboat at the Ice House

Shadows on the Porch
Above the Slate River Drainage, Crested Butte
Slate River, Crested Butte
Early Morning Storm Clouds, Gunnison Colorado

Lichen, Hartman Rocks, Colorado

Light and Shadows, Hartman Rocks, Gunnison
Lightning Below the Milky Way, Moab Utah

Kane Creek Buttes, Moab Utah

Sunlight and Shade along Kane Creek, Moab

Climbing Anchor, Kane Creek Canyon

Storm Clouds Across Central Utah

Passing Storm, Utah
The Drought in California's Mojave Desert


Spring in the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley

An unexpected late Spring snowfall at the end of April helped bring moisture to the Eastern Sierra and desert. While the high country was under two feet of new snow, the Owens Valley bloomed in full color. Well known views and special details were everywhere.

Abandoned bar, restaurant, store?  Inyokern

Single wides, all different colors, all in a row. Coso Junction
Sun-up on the ranch, Bishop

Late Spring snows in upper Rock Creek
Sunrise on Mt. Tom above Bishop and Round Valley. Yes this is the real color in the mornings.

A few Aspen blooms and Sugar Pine, Rock Creek.

Stars after sunset above the Whitney Range.

Sunrise on the Whitney Range from the Alabama Hills

Beavertail cactus blooming in the Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills

Window for the sun


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.

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.