A bull Elephant Seal in his natural surroundings at Point Lobos, CA.
I've seen this gentleman about Chinatown now for the better part of 30 years, so was delighted to snap an image off him when I had a camera with me.
The last time we were in NYC, we decided to take the kids to Coney Island. What fun. As we waited for the park to open, a small troop of clowns showed up...
Tehis Cypress grove is on the coast, just north of Santa Cruz in a place called Davenport. Once upon a time, Davenport was a bustling port, shipping out lumber, seafood. otter pelts,. brussel sprouts and artichokes...now, its just windswept cliffs on the San Mateo County coast...and this lovely grove is there...if you know where to look for it!
The Hunter's Point Shipyard, an old Naval Station located on the San Francisco Bay, in the city proper), houses the Golden Gate Railroad Museum which houses a lot of old Steam and Diesel era rolling stock, lovingly tended by old men in their 8-'s and 90's who originally serviced the machines when they were in use. Its a great place to take little kids, as they let them climb all over the stock...and grown-ups have much to enjoy as the nostalgia of something tangible is there. Seeing 90 year old men crawling all over an old steam engine to refurbish it is pretty damned cool.
I am (reportedly - we're still working on verification) a direct descendent of Ethan Allen. We regularly go to Vermont in the summer, so stopped by his old place on the Onion River. Nothing said family to me quite like an outhouse...
The boys in this house play with swords. Though,admittedly, I han'dt taken up fencing until a couple of years after this picture was taken. But, I've been Zack's armourer since he started.and proudly shot this photo one day after fixing all four of his blades (no doubt, in preparation for a competition).
A shot taken many times before from Baker Beacher\\, just west of Fort Funston, near the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Another view of the bridge just East of its Norhtern anchorage in Sausalito (the Moore Road Pier).
A shot I took at Safari West, a wild animal park in Sonoma, CA. The park is a lovely way to view African animals in a "natural setting". Its a lovely venue, with happy animals (lions, rhinos, wildebeests, giraffes, a lovely collection) who are well cared for and left to adapt to a wonderful environment. Giraffes are, essentially, deer (the Japanese word for giraffe translates as "long-necked deer") so they have similar skittishness, but this guy was curious and amiable. How do you not fall in love with animal with a face like this?
A lovely jelly from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The lovely Waimea Coast on the North West portion of the island of Kauai.
Another shot of the lovely Wiamea Coast on Kauai.
What's a luau without wahini in grass skirts and men twirling flame?
On the island of Kauai.
On the San Francisco Peninsula, due West of Palot Alto is a lovely bit rural cham alled La Honda. I love cruising down La Honda Rd and this farm is always a highlight.
Both Cherie and I have family connections to Vermont. Lake Hortonia, next to Sudbury, VT, is where her mother's family spent their summers for years. This door is on the old mill, powered by a water wheel, at the edge of the lake.
My wife and daughter ror horse-folk, so we see the Lippizaners when they come to town! Fortunately, we had lovely ringside seats and the Lippizaners\ folks are not too overzealous about protecting their image and let photographers gratify their needs. This is one of my most "liked" photos on Flickr.
Another Lippizaner photo, just because they are so beautiful (and I'm still amazed I was able to grab such great images at this event!).
My sister and her family lived in Occidental, CA for quite some time and these two trees were on Occidental Road, leading to their home. Finally, I had to pull over and grab them when they were displaying so autumnal radiance.
On the San Mateo County coastline, just north of Santa Cruz, is the old fishing village of Pescadero (for those of you who speak Spanish, there should be knowing nods of affirmation). Famous for Duarte's Tavern (their Ollalaberry pie is to die for ) and Harley Farms (a goat dairy with chevre to kill for), the history of the village spreads back to the mid 19th century when Pescadero fed much of the Bay and California with oysters, crab, salmon and tuna...not to mention moving a fair number of otter pelts. This church harkens back to those days and is one of hte oldest freestanding churches in the American West.
A little bit of bucolic loveliness just a five minute walk from the village of Pescadero.
This is all that's left of the Davenport Pier on the San Mateo County coast (north of Santa Cruz, CA): the concrete supports built for a pier which originally emerged and served the coast in the mid-19th century
Twin waterfalls on the island of Kauai, shot from my favorite camera accessory: a Bell 500 helicopter with the doors taken off.
Between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, on the northern Coast of California, lies the treacherous shoals of Pigeon Point. As schooners (like those sailed by my wife Cherie's great-grandfather) plied the coast with lumber, seafood, pelts, and other good necessary to that e \conomy, the need of safety emerged. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful of the structures erected.
Seen here from the north, the landing known as Davenport.
A portrait of the grand old dame from the front ( from the West, looking East (and up)). The building to the left includes the powerful foghorn that blasted via steam power.
A view of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse taken from inside the Fog SIgnal building, wherein the foghorn is housed. THe old glass window panes are old and have settled, so that they are thicker at the bottom than the top. The resulting "warp" of the glass presented a more interesting image from a lovely perspective.
I took this image, of a pair of thistles, just off of Highway 9, between San Mateo and Half Moon Bay.
Just north of Pescadero Scott's Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean, creating a lovely lagoon favored by bird watchers and families looking for a calm place to picnic whil enjoying the beautiful rugged cost of Northern California. I caught this moment at sunset in January.
While I'm sure that this seahorse stallion is doing his best to look all butch and masculine, iits was hard not to view him as just adorable. I'm pleased that the lighting in the Monterey Bay Aquarium was sufficient for me to grab this hand held snapshot of him and his lovely, dusky mate.
The coast of Clifornia between Santa Cruze and San Francisco is a hearty, productive agricultural area providing artichockes, brussel sprouts, asparagus and strawberries in addition to all the lovely seafood that gets hauled out there, too. This truck belongs to a family farm, literally, put out to pasture after (no doubt) serving them well for many a year.
Yeah, a picture of a pitcher....I'm corny, I admit it.
At a friend's wedding, this amazing band was composed of four amazing musicians (including the brother of the bride, who plays trumpet for Train). This gentleman showed great chutzpah all evening with a variety of wonderful instruments...but I just loved this shot of him.
Tje Golden Gate Railroad Museum at Hunter's Point in San Francisco, CA is an amazing place. Run by a bunch of older folk \\who served the San Francisco Peninsula for decades as railway personnel, there is a great deal of rolling stock. Some of which makes for great patterns.
OK, maybe not rolling so much anymore...