Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, October 16, 2017

Avila Beach, Central California

The last time I was in central California I spent a couple of hours exploring the area around Avila Beach.
I always love being near the ocean and I'll miss having an excuse to visit this area.
I'll still be able to look back on my photos.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Walking The Dogs (2)

We had snow at our house on Monday, but I'm not going to show you that (it's sunny and warm again now). Instead, this shot was taken with my cellphone while walking the dogs on another recent morning.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Colorado Autumn

While fall in Colorado doesn't have the spectacular variety of the East Coast, we do get the golden aspen trees.
These photos were taken on a local hike a few days ago.
Fall in Colorado is one of my favorite times of year. And it means ski season is just around the corner!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mount Vernon 1990 (1)

George Washington's plantation house, Mount Vernon, is open to the public. The first time I saw it was back in 1990 when I lived in the DC area, and here's an old scanned slide from that visit.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


It's that time of year, and bright aspen against a blue, autumn Colorado sky makes for a fine Skywatch Friday shot. This one was taken on a Sunday hike with my 6.5mm ultrawide fisheye lens.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Morro Rock

From last week's long-distance shots of Morro Rock (apparently I misspelled it last week as there's no 'w' on the end), here are shots taken up at the rock itself.
It's a volcanic plug, and quite impressive.
And even on a cold, stormy day like the one when I visited, the California surfers were doing there thing!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Walking The Dogs (1)

I got a couple of fun Skywatch Friday shots while walking the dogs in my neighborhood recently - here's one in the late afternoon a few days ago looking towards the mountains.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Moody Morrow Rock

Here are the last of my photos from California's Montaña de Oro State Park, this time looking towards a stormy Morrow Rock.
I like the mixture of light and shade in this next shot.
Since I live nearly a thousand miles from the ocean it's always magical for me to see the waves crashing. I think this next shot is my favorite from the park.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hiking Laika

From the same hike I talked about last week, here's a shot of little Laika, happy to be out in the wilderness with me.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rainbow Over San Luis Obispo

This shot was taken on my last trip to San Luis Obispo. It's a beautiful area but since the family that lived in the area moved away, I'll no longer have a reason to visit. I'll just have to enjoy the photos I've taken over the years, many of which I've posted on this blog.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spooner's Cove

Here's another set of photos from Montaña de Oro State Park in central California, this time from a beach called Spooner's Cove.
It's a beautiful but rugged beach with great rock formations.
I was there on a stormy day and I thought that made it more dramatic.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hiking Socks

Here's a shot of Socks on a recent hike - we hiked five miles, climbing to a place on Pikes Peak known as The Crags. Socks and Laika both walked the whole way with me. They get so excited when they see me get my hiking gear ready!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Morrow Bay

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot taken at a stormy Morrow Bay.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Labor Day Lift Off

Every Labor Day weekend (that's the first weekend in September) my home town of Colorado Springs hosts a big balloon festival. This year I went to Saturday evening's balloon glow, and was treated to strange designs like this cool crab.
There are always lots of people here to view the glowing balloons.
It's always fun to look straight up.
And of course, a closeup of the flames is mandatory!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mountain Reflections

Taken at The Crags trail last weekend, here's a still pool of water and some pretty reflections from it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Big Balloon

Taken on Saturday evening, here's a balloon proudly showing off my city's Olympic City designation. The USA's Olympic Training Center is here, as well as the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, and a future Olympic Museum.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Rugged California Beach

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! I love the central California coast and one of the best places to see it is the Montaña de Oro State Park.
This isn't the warm Southern California beach - it's rugged and inaccessible, except for the few roads in the area.
There are a lot of cliffs.
And on a stormy day like this I think it has a unique beauty.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Solar Eclipse

We went to Wyoming to see the total solar eclipse, and here's a montage of photos I took. I've always wanted to see a total solar eclipse, and it was absolutely fantastic. No photos can begin to convey the experience. 99% of totality isn't the same - if you can ever get out to see one it's worth the effort.
Here's the center one blown up. The dot on the lower left is the planet Mercury.

Monday, August 28, 2017

California Trees

A few months ago I was in central California and visited Montaña de Oro State Park on a stormy day. It's a truly beautiful place, and I'll start by showing you some interesting trees.
I loved their twisted trunks. I've got more photos from this park ready to post.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wyoming Dawn

We stayed in Wyoming Sunday night to witness Monday's eclipse - the state's population more than doubled for the big event (less than 600,000 people live in the state, which is bigger than the United Kingdom). The day dawned bright with barely a cloud to be seen. I'll post more next week...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spruce Mountain

Here are some shots from a hike around Spruce Mountain a few weeks ago.
The terrain includes classic Western buttes.
Here's another view taken from higher up.
And finally a pretty view, fairly typical on the front range of Colorado.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Concert

Here's a photo I took with my cell phone at last Friday's concert at Red Rocks.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fountains & Rocks

For this week's Our World Tuesday post, here are a couple of completely different parts of the world. I'll start with my last photos from Charleston, a couple of pretty fountains.
I liked the way this next one was lit from behind.
And finally, on Friday I was at one of Colorado's most famous venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, to see a rock concert. Here's a shot from my cell phone.

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