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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I find myself more drawn to the backroads, those two lane areas still slightly hidden from current affairs. Although I have visited many of these places through the years I still enjoy the wide open skies, the differing climates and altitudes, the variety of ecosystems and social environments. My eyes are open again, and all the details catch my curiosity.
I also notice, more and more, how time passes faster and faster. How the news, and the phones, and the emails, and the messages never let go. We are always connected. The backroads help to slow that passing, help to disconnect from the busy and reconnect to ourselves. I feel really lucky to have recently had three weeks to explore some favorites, here are images from some special areas of the mountainous West.

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Little Lakes Valley, Sierra Nevada

Light Streaking Across Mt. Whitney, Sierra Nevada

Yosemite Valley

Calochortus, Eastern Sierra

Basin and Range number 2, maybe 3, Nevada

Basin and Range, number 3, maybe 4, maybe 5

Collecting the un-eclipsed, Nevada

The Extra-terrestrial Highway

Not sure what the signs are telling me

Crested Butte Evening

West Maroon Pass

First Colors, Late August

A Hidden Lake in Colorado

The Morning Ritual

Another Day on the Lake


Ice House Detail

Mechanical Crane


Lemon, garlic, onions, squash, butter, dinner


Reflecting the Clouds 

Silverton, Colorado

Doorway, Silverton

Doorway #2, Silverton


Sheepherding, San Juan Mountains

Wilderness Flock

It's a dogs life

Over 1 million

Yes, I took this one in June too, Monument Valley Silhouette, Arizona.

Colorado Monument

Kebler Pass, Colorado

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.