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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.

Waves, rocks and clouds.
Waves, rocks and clouds.
Rocks, waves and clouds. High tide on the California coast. Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA This is another throwback image I have re-edited. Showing the power of the ocean on the California coast. When the tide is high and the weather is threatening, images like this are common. But...
Rocks, waves, spindrift, clouds
Rocks, waves, spindrift, clouds
Rocks, waves, spindrift, clouds. A spring day on the California coast Pescadero State Beach, Pescadero CA A re-edit on an image I captured 3 years ago. This is one of my favorite spots, Pescadero State beach. On any given day, you can find great waves crashing on the rocks and the beach, harbor...
Poison oak on a log
Poison oak on a log
Poison oak on a log. Hiking in Tilden Park Tilden Park, Oakland CA Poison oak is ubiquitous in the open space parks in the bay area and in northern California. You gotta keep an eye out. The rash that you potentially get can be quite troublesome. Easily identifiable, by the three leaves. This is...
Seattle's Great Wheel and skyline at dusk.
Seattle's Great Wheel and skyline at dusk.
Seattle’s Great Wheel and skyline at dusk. Viewed from Puget Sound. Puget Sound, Seattle WA Here are a couple of throwback images from a visit to Seattle. On the ferry back from Bainbridge Island coming back to Seattle. The Great Wheel is an impressive addition to the waterfront and...
Pot 'O Tulips
Pot 'O Tulips
Pot ‘o Tulips. Variegated red and white first of the season at Filoli Woodside CA This pot looks like treasure at the end of a rainbow. Faith and begorrah, how do you say leprechaun in Dutch? Actually, the word in Dutch is Kabouter. And in the low countries, they are tiny and mischievous...
Daffodil Time.
Daffodil Time.
Daffodil time. Harbinger of Spring Woodside CA Spring wildflowers are just around the corner. In the garden, the harbinger of Spring for me is the daffodil. Followed by the tulip. Now is a good time to visit the daffodils at Filoli. The horticulturalists, gardeners, and staff work year round to...
SalesForce Tower animation
SalesForce Tower animation
SalesForce Tower animation. Sunset and lights on a San Francisco cityscape. SalesForce Tower, San Francisco CA Sunset in the Financial District in San Francisco. As the daylight fades the city buildings start to light up. Offering colors and shadows and now animation on the peak of the...
Sunset at Coit Tower
Sunset at Coit Tower
Sunset at Coit Tower. View from the Embarcadero.Pier 27, San Francisco CA From my first photoshoot since I got my camera back from repair. Feels SO good! There was not really anything that I could think of to capture. The rain had passed, so the skys were relatively clear, just some...
Sunset at Coit Tower.
Sunset at Coit Tower.
Sunset at Coit Tower. View from the Embarcadero.Pier 27, San Francisco CA From my first photoshoot since I got my camera back from repair. Feels SO good! There was not really anything that I could think of to capture. The rain had passed, so the skys were relatively clear, just some...
Golden Gate Bridge at Golden Hour
Golden Gate Bridge at Golden Hour
Golden Gate Bridge at Golden Hour. Clouds, sun and sky.Marina Green, San Francisco CA This is an image I saved with a re-edit. I was able to bring out more of the bridge and the amazing clouds above the scene. It helped that I captured this image in the Golden Hour. This year I’m going to...
Border Collie
Border Collie
Border Collie. At the dog park.Fort Funston, San Francisco CA Is there anything happier than a dog smile? This guy is happy. He’s at a large dog park in San Francisco, on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. The dogs (and owners) are allowed off-leash which makes for...
First light at Gray Whale Cove
First light at Gray Whale Cove
First light at Gray Whale Cove. Sunlight just hits the tops of the waves.Gray Whale Cove, Pacifica CA Photography is not always easy. But it can be rewarding most of the time. For this shoot, I got on the road at 6AM to get to Gray Whale Cove by 7. Walking down the many stairs from the road...
Spring Wildflowers
Spring Wildflowers
Spring Wildflowers. Splash of color Woodside CA Oscar Wilde once said, "A flower blossoms for its own joy." And boy are we ready for some spring blossoms. On this rainy day in the bay area, I thought a quick trip back to May of last year, in the heart of the wildflower bloom, I might bring a...
Basking Pelican
Basking Pelican
Basking Pelican. On the rocks above the waves. Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA   One of the favorite beaches for pelicans to roost on is Bean Hollow and Pescadero. The California Brown Pelican is very plentiful here. (As a side note, the White Pelicans can be found easily around...
Can you see the dragon?
Can you see the dragon?
Waves, rocks, clouds and sun Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA.. Patience is the name of the game for taking images of crashing waves. I find a good spot and I wait. I count the waves, there is some truth to the old saw that says the seventh wave is the largest in a set. But… which...

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