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California Coast

Apr 292016
 

Thin clouds low on the horizon.  Sun getting ready to set for the day.  For me, a perfect time to head out to the ocean and take in the splendor of the days goodnight kiss.  I was lucky this day.  It doesn’t always happen with such affection, the color morphing to deep hues of its choosing.  A lovely time to be and take in the mystery.

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Jan 302016
 

Winter is my favorite time to be at the ocean.  The light, the storms, the quiet beaches bring out the best conditions for photography.  The summer warmth is nice but give me the contrasting muted tones of winter and I’m a happy man.

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Nov 202015
 

It’s always fun to take the drive up to the quaint little town of Mendocino on the northern California coast.  One day I took the drive alone and just lazily explored the area, having a grand time with the elements, ocean and camera.

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Sep 122014
 

I was driving up the winding coast highway, seeing what I could see and just enjoying the drive and vistas.  As I’m often wont to do, I pulled over to admire the view.  Though I live less than an hour away, I’m always blown away at the beauty and power of the ocean and this area in particular.

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Feb 092014
 

Winter is so awesome for going to the coast.  And finally it’s winter!  Wet, stormy, dark.  Often, we get a break in the weather and those are the best times for photography.  I don’t know what’s happening in your part of the world, but here in California it’s finally winter.  Let us rejoice! stormy-ocean-sunset-5-1

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Nov 022013
 

Being able to stay right above the Pacific Ocean sure does wonders for capturing the constantly changing moods of the coastline.  It was winter, my favorite time for coastal photography, and we rented a perfect little secluded cabin, nestled directly above the ocean on its high-bank perch.  What a great place to watch the waves and weather roll in.

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Aug 122013
 

I was in Monterey.  It was a beautiful, relatively warm late winter day.  Lots of people, happily wandering around, exploring the best of what the area has to offer; an easy stroll along the Pacific, plenty of shops and restaurants, the aquarium.  When I had my fill of town, I drove west, up the road a couple of miles and bam!  A different world.  I wasn’t sure if the weather had just turned or I was just far enough out of town to make a difference.  No matter, the fog and mist were on me.  The ocean breeze was stiff.  It was suddenly cold.  I put my jacket on.  I took a few photos, but the mist was getting to my lens.  I called it a day.

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May 312013
 

Who doesn’t like a sunrise?  I think we all must.  I mean it’s life affirming; a new day showing itself; Earth waking up announcing itself, being itself while we humans get dressed, have coffee, get in cars, merge with other cars, go off to work somewhere.  And all the while, sunrise happens, rocks get wet, the ocean roars.

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Feb 222013
 

Every once in a while we get a tsunami warning here on the California coastline.  So far, it’s never amounted to anything even remotely serious, but it has made for some larger than normal surf conditions.  If I happen to hear about it, and if at all possible, I get in the car and drive the half hour out to the coast just to be there and watch.  Most of it’s high bank and I don’t at all feel in danger.  So, I go watch the spectacle.  This is taking place just north of the small town of Jenner at the mouth of the Russian River.  An awesome day for wave watching.

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