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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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Feb 062015
 

I’ve never spent much time on the Atlantic, but I do remember many times of playing on a Pacific beach.  There’s a high degree of freedom that comes with playing on the beach right next to the ocean.  Maybe it’s all those negative ions coming from the ocean breeze sweeping across the water.  Maybe it’s the salt mixing with water and sand.  Maybe it’s that the parents are willing to just let kids play as the adults sit on the sand or a lounge chair and read.  To each their own.  I’ll take that feeling of freedom, however it happens to come.

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May 282014
 

I guess when you’re ready to sun bathe it doesn’t matter if the sun is really out.  At least these people don’t.  Maybe they’re guests of a resort with all the colored umbrellas and just want to spend time on a beach.  Maybe they’ve just come all the way here to Hilton Head, South Carolina, rented an umbrella and are going to be here no matter what.  For whatever reason, is it ever not a day to be sitting on a beach on the Atlantic Ocean whenever you can?

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Feb 212014
 

I know it doesn’t really look that warm, but it is; certainly warmer than most of the northern hemisphere.  In Costa Rica we would walk the beach in front of our cabin and laugh.  How wonderful it is to be walking in the sand, carefree, not stuck in traffic somewhere, feeling the tropical sun on my back as it wanders in and out of the various cloud formations.  I know some of you are stuck in the cold and snow, and others just feel stuck.  We can always dream and even plan for a different scene.tropical-beach-2-1

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Mar 152013
 

Wow!  Wandering along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail is an incredible way to intimately commune with almost everything Monterey has to offer; beaches, the pacific ocean, shops and restaurants, people.  It was warm and beautiful when I started out, but being the beginning of March and right on the Pacific Ocean, the fog started rolling in about mid afternoon.  Though build in the 1980’s, the Monterey Bay Aquarium  was designed to replicate the old cannery’s that were busy here in earlier times.  By the time I got to the backside of the building , there was a wonderfully eerie ominousness trying to make its way inland, giving it that real old world feel.

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Feb 172013
 

I just got back from Oregon.  Didn’t have the opportunity to make as many images as I usually do, but at other times I have.  The whole coast is an incredible place to explore.  Seems like every few miles is a state park.  Lots of little towns and beaches and rivers running to the sea and bridges and jetties and sand dunes and haystack rocks rising out of the Pacific Ocean.  The beauty is endless.  This particular beach is in the south between Coos Bay and Brookings.  A great place to stop and stroll; especially when the tide’s out, like this, and you can get out a ways and take in the sea breeze, ocean and sand.

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Dec 092012
 

A week or so ago we had some big storms blow through California.  And that makes for a great time to head out to the coast to check out the churning pacific ocean.  Unfortunately I wasn’t in time for the biggest wave action and the fog was starting to settle in again, limiting the visibility.  But, I did spy this couple, sitting on a log with their lunch, happily taking it all in, the waves pounding the shore in front of them.  What a lovely place for an afternoon meal.

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Nov 092012
 

I don’t get to the tropics nearly as much as I’d like to.  I wonder why.  I like the sweat dripping down my body, walking along a quiet beach, eating the local tropical fruit, hearing all those birds.  I also like going to places that are a bit out of the way.  The southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica is usually not the place one first goes to.  Yet we did.  Punta Uva.  Remote and rural.  Nothing fancy.  Walking in the jungle.  Walking along the beach.  It’s warm and humid even when it’s stormy.  Wanna go for a swim?

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Feb 232012
 

I was heading home from SFO one day when I decided to take the long way back through San Francisco; along the Great Highway paralleling the Pacific Ocean.  With so many great neighborhoods and iconic structures in the City sometimes I forget about the ocean side.  I’d never seen these kite surfers before and it was fascinating to stop and watch them.  There was a fresh ocean breeze blowing and I imagine you’d have to be pretty strong to ride the waves this way.  I’m not sure if this guy had had enough or was just taking a break before heading out again.  Have you ever kite surfed?

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