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I have been a photographer since childhood. My passion ignited on a 50 mile hike in the Sierra as a boy scout. My compact instamatic camera got a workout. Shortly after, I graduated to an SLR camera. I wore my first SLR, a Praktica, around my neck for almost all my senior year in high school.

A swarm of Monarch butterflies
A swarm of Monarch butterflies
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz CA A swarm of Monarch butterflies. Taking sanctuary in Santa Cruz.   2021 looks like a good year for the population of Monarch butterflies. After a decline in numbers the past couple of years, these beauties showed up in greater numbers this year....
Blog Post - 10/22/2021
Blog Post - 10/22/2021
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero CA "Above the waves. Waves crashing on the cliff." Another capture of this scenic lighthouse. Through wind and waves, storms and fag, sun and more sun since 1872, this lighthouse has stood. It is one of the tallest lighthouses on the west coast. Visitors can...
Sunset at Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Sunset at Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero CA Sunset at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Tallest lighthouse on the west coast. This is a subject I havre been coming back to for more than 3 months. Each time with limited success. This locale just keeps calling me back and finally, I arrived with some stellar...
Birdhouse and bed of daffodils
Birdhouse and bed of daffodils
Birdhouse and a bed of daffodils. Scene from Filoli in Spring. Another scene from Filoli. This part of the garden devoted to a natural daffodil bed, fruit trees are just starting to blossom, and olive trees in the background. All highlighting the rustic birdhouse hanging from the leaf-dormant...
Surfer at sunset
Surfer at sunset
Surfer at sunset. Last ride in Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica CA My first outing with my camera after getting it back from repair. Sunset at Linda Mar beach, a very popular surfers beach. I just sat at the back of the beach and kept scanning from left to right, watching for action or capturing...
Female Red-winged blackbird
Female Red-winged blackbird
Female Red-winged blackbird. Resting in the reeds in California’s central valley. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. El Macero CA The males were just too fast for me to capture. This young female red-winged blackbird slowed just enough for me to capture her. Quite a difference in feathers, but...
Busy bumble bee
Busy bumble bee
Busy Bumble Bee. Springtime has these guys workin’ it among the flowers on the coast. Dunes Beach, Half Moon Bay CA Around this time all of nature is workin’ it! The wildflowers, the sun, the rain, the birds and the bees. Walking along the trail at Dunes Beach, all I had to do was...
Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point
Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point
Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point. Who could ever get tired of this view? Fort Point, San Francisco CA A re-edit of one of my favorite views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The arch over Fort Point was a last minute addition to the construction of the bridge. One of the other options was to destroy...
Lunch with Percy
Lunch with Percy
Lunch with Percy. Tribute to Percy the Peacock at Filoli Gardens. Filoli, Woodside CA Another throwback of Percy the Peacock of Filoli Gardens. He was mostly happy to pose for pictures. This is one of his good sides.    
Peacock laying in leaves
Peacock laying in leaves
Peacock laying in leaves. Abstract of Percy from Filoli, may he rest in peace. Filoli, Woodside CA Throwback image of Percy the Peacock from Filoli gardens. He would hold court on the patio of the cafe and offices of the gardens. His story is legend. He was not a pet, or caged or contained in...
A busy day at Linda Mar
A busy day at Linda Mar
Busy day at Linda Mar. Surfers, paddle boarder, waves, rocks and cliffs. Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica CA Almost always a crowd of surfers at Linda Mar. This is a popular surfers beach with calm, mostly predictable waves. Great for an early morning ride, or even a quick lunchtime splash.  
Landscape, cityscape, mountain-scape, cloud-scape.
Landscape, cityscape, mountain-scape, cloud-scape.
Landscape, cityscape, mountain-scape, cloud-scape. View east in the Sacramento valley toward the skyline of the city of Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, El Macero CA I love the diversity of nature, And the proximity to large metropolitan areas thanks to the...
Tulips open and closed.
Tulips open and closed.
Tulips open and closed. First of the Spring bloom. Filoli, Woodside CA Tulips. One open and revealing. One closed and covered. More Spring flora from Filoli. A true garden treasure in the bay area. We are so fortunate here, in that gardens and crops are able to grow and thrive from season to...
Magenta Iceplant flower bud
Magenta Iceplant flower bud
Magenta Iceplant flower bud. Common plant on the California coast. Montara State Beach, Montara CA As the wildflowers start to bloom on the California coast, you’ll find Iceplant in abundance. And now, in spring, the Iceplant flowers bud and open. Mostly magenta or yellow in color, the...
Brush rabbit on the trail.
Brush rabbit on the trail.
Brush rabbit on the trail. I’ll call him Peter. Montara State Beach, Montara CA With Easter just around the corner, here’s an image to honor the day. I captured this guy right smack dab in the middle of the trail at Montara State Beach. I think I’ll call him Peter. The brush...

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