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Dec 312011
 

Yosemite is the most visited National Park of them all.  If you’ve ever been there it’s not hard to see why.  It’s so spectacular it’s hard to imagine and any photograph is hard pressed to convey its majesty.  If you haven’t been there, it’s one of those places to put on your list of places to go out of your way to get there.  This photo was taken from the roadside viewing area before heading into the Hwy 41 tunnel, probably not far from where Ansel Adams took his infamous “Clearing Winter Storm” shot.

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Dec 282011
 

Not being from Europe I find these little enclaves quite charming.  I know they aren’t around for their charm.  It’s just that they’re so hard to find here in the States when needed.  Maybe this kind of phenomena belongs to the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” line.  Charming, right?  Well, certainly the utmost in foresight and practicality.  Now that seems British.  Yet it was the French who popularized them first.  This one just happens to be in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Have you ever used a street-side pissoir?

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Dec 272011
 

Yes, men do laundry.  Gobs of laundry; bundles and trundles and oodles of laundry.  Seriously, this was a scene at Mission Linen Commercial Laundry in San Francisco.  This particular place has since closed, but when open was awash in humidity and machinery and old industry.  It was a piece of old San Francisco now put out to pasture, moved out of the city due to the cost of doing business in the City.  Progress?

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Dec 232011
 

Wow.  We just past the winter solstice and it’s almost Christmas.  Winter….it conjures up images of snow and cold.  Growing up in the NW I didn’t really like winter.  Too hungry for warmth and sun.  Now, being older and living in California with warmth and sun, I really appreciate winter.  I know many people find it comes in too harshly and stays too long.  But for me there’s a power to it that I don’t see with the other seasons.  This scene is at Squaw Valley, up in the Sierra mountains near Lake Tahoe.  It’s snowing and we’re out walking in winter’s strength.

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Dec 202011
 

One winter after being up in Yosemite, I decided to come home a different way.  I wound my way through the central California back roads, quickly into and out of small rural towns, having fun seeing new areas of this huge state.  The weather was quite dramatic and the clouds were changing constantly.  On my way through one of these small towns, I forget which one; maybe you recognize it, I spotted this old reservoir next to the RR tracks.  Is it still in use?  Maybe so, maybe not.

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Dec 192011
 

I remember hearing the name Okefenokee Swamp for quite some time now.  Even back when I was a kid.  Maybe in a book or a movie?  Anyway, I’d always been intrigued by the name and it did work to conjure up images in my mind of alligators and a real place of mystery.  Well, I finally got a chance to go there (it’s in southern Georgia) and though different than my childhood image, it didn’t disappoint.  The afternoon and evening I spent there I was met by an eerily cloudy sky, plenty of humid, still air, and lightning going off over the swamp.  Certainly different than the west coast.  I found it an ominous blend of creepy and uniquely beautiful.  Have you been there?  What do you think?

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Dec 172011
 

It’s hard to take a bad photo when San Francisco is in the frame.  There are so many icons and angles and places to explore there.  This is a view I have of the City every week as it was taken from the deck of the office where I work.  It’s always a spectacular scene and I never really grow tired of it.  But I now only get the camera out when the conditions are somewhat unique.  On this day, the clouds and sun and far away city were calling me.

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Dec 162011
 

I’ve been to Austin a few times now and quite like the area.  I was there last winter for the birth of my granddaughter and when I wasn’t taking one of the hundreds of shots of her I was out and about, exploring some of the iconic areas of the city.  It’s interesting that the seat of government and downtown are so intimately connected here.  This shot is taken from the Congress St. bridge.

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Dec 132011
 

The sand dunes of the Oregon Coast stretch for quite a few miles, roughly between Florence and North Bend.  I remember fondly camping there with my family as a kid and then bringing my own family and kids there as an adult.  This is one of those places that changes significantly on the one hand and yet is timeless on the other.  These days the dunes are filled with motorized dune buggies and it’s actually hard to find an entry onto the dunes where it’s quiet and remote and the dunes themselves can be experienced in their timeless expanse.  When touring Oregon last summer I was driving south of Florence as it was getting dark.  I was hoping to find some kind of roadside parking spot so I could get onto the dunes before the sun went down and was having trouble finding anything of the sort.  I rounded a bend and drove right by the only pullout I’d seen in miles.  I quickly turned around and parked.  There was only room for 2 cars and no one else was there.  I had to climb straight up a very tall dune to get into the expanse, but when I did, Wow!  A perfect place to explore.  No other people or buggies.  Just me and the vastness of sand and the fading light.

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Dec 092011
 

I read recently that in one of the travel magazine surveys Charleston SC had just jumped up to the #1 US travel destination, taking over for San Francisco which had been #1 for some 20 years.  I wonder how they come up with that?  Charleston is a great place, though; southern charm, humidity, history, beautiful architecture, shops and restaurants.  The central historic district is very easy to walk around in.  There are so many places to explore that exude charm and history.  It’s as if they’re all speaking; “over here, come see me.”  Well, I was wandering around one morning looking at city hall, when another building across the street called to me.  So I crossed the street and went in.  It was the post office!  If a chair had been provided I would have sat down for a while just to take in the elegance and old wood and charm; maybe have cup of tea and a slow, friendly conversation with the postmaster.  But, alas no one was there….  So, I took a few photos.

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