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Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, December 18, 2017


When we were in the area over the summer we visited Monterey.
The main area is easy to walk around and enjoy.
But for me the highlight was the pier and harbor.
Since I live so far from the ocean boats are always special to me.
And I never tire of looking at a pretty bay - note the kayaker in this one.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Open Skies

Here's a Skywatch Friday shot of the open skies of North Dakota, taken a couple of months ago during a road trip.

Monday, December 11, 2017

17-Mile Drive - Cypresses

Finishing up my series on the famous 17-Mile Drive, here are some photos of their cypress trees.
They add a lot of character to the area.
The most famous sight is probably the Lone Cypress - it's even protected by a copyright!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Red Rock Reflections (2)

This is the same pond from last week, but taken on the opposite side looking back.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wild Sky

The timing on this post is unfortunate given what's going on around Los Angeles, but this isn't fire, just clouds lit up from beneath by the sun around sunset. This is another shot straight out of the camera, all I did was reduce the resolution for posting on the blog.

Monday, December 4, 2017

17-Mile Drive - Spanish Bay

Continuing with the 17-Mile Drive photos, here are some from its Spanish Bay stop.
Obviously it's a beach!
There was also a boardwalk from which you could see the dunes.
It was definitely another pretty place.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Red Rock Reflections (1)

Taken at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, one of the many fine parks in my scenic city.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Peak Moods (13) - Pastel Sunset

To answer a couple of questions on Monday's post, I didn't see sea otters, and the tree is a cypress.

We've had some spectacular sunsets over the last couple of weeks - here's a photo from last week of Pikes Peak taken from our front porch. This is straight out of the camera, except for reducing the resolution I did no editing on this.

Monday, November 27, 2017

17-Mile Drive - Point Joe

Last time we were in California we spent a couple of days in the Monterey area, and drove the famous 17-Mile Drive. Here are some photos from the Point Joe area on that drive.
It's a rocky, beautiful coast.
Some cypress trees grow near the shore, and there's golfing (the famous Pebble Beach course is in this area).
You can even see sea-lions on nearby islands. There's more to come from this area next week...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Wet Socks

No, not the things on your feet - it's my dog after a shower last weekend!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Foggy San Francisco

To all my American readers, and to anybody else who celebrates it, Happy Thanksgiving! Here's a summer shot from San Francisco, where I visited for a wedding. There are lots more shots from this trip ready to be posted.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Black Forest Fisheye

Last time I went to the Black Forest Park, I took my fisheye lens along - you saw one of the shots posted a couple of days ago. You can still see the devastation from the wildfire a few years ago - that will take decades to completely heal.
Nevertheless there's plenty of natural beauty to be found here (and of course my dogs always come with me on my walks and hikes and sometimes end up in the photos).
And here's a final shot, taken at one of the park's pavilions looking straight up, a classic fisheye shot.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Misty Morning Drive

I love my drive to work - here's a cellphone shot from a few days ago as sunrise was approaching. I pulled off at a scenic overlook to get this one.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Santa Monica!

These photos are already a few months old, but here are some shots of the Santa Monica beach and pier from the last time I was there.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tongva Park

Last time I was in the Los Angeles area I spent a couple of hours in Santa Monica, and wandered around Tongva Park.
It was mostly attractive and had some nice features.
I wish I'd had my fisheye lens for this last shot...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another Tree

I'm sure a photo of a tree for Skywatch Friday isn't a surprise on this blog. I love the shape of this one, and my fisheye lens exaggerated everything about it! I was just about on the ground in a nearby park to take this.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Terrace Hill, San Luis Obispo

Here are the last photos I've got from San Luis Obispo in central California, of Terrace Hill.
I liked the views from here, including some nearby hills...
...and some more distant ones (this is actually the same view from the first shot but with a wider field of view).

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Another Sunrise

Here's another cell phone shot, this time driving to work on a recent morning. I was stopped at a light so don't worry!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Central California Coast

Here is some of the shoreline near the Avila Sea Caves, my topic for last week's Our World Tuesday post.
It's a very beautiful area and I have always enjoyed visiting it.
It's not as crowded as Southern California.
Of course people always like being near the sea!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Crags

Here's a Skywatch Friday photo taken on a recent hike.

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