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Sep 082016
 

I love the color and character of the older docks, holding their sea warn buildings out of the salt water.  Walking the shore trail in Monterey provides a lot of an older ocean front scene.  It’s easy to find beauty to frame inside a viewfinder.  Just walk, look and dream.

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May 302016
 

I know it’s odd, but the San Francisco Yacht Club is not even in San Francisco.  It’s actually across the bay in tiny Belvedere.  I was strolling by one evening as the sun was setting and although there was no light on the boats of the marina I noticed a perfect frame of color and light set against the still approaching darkness that was enveloping the harbor.  It’s the opposite of what I usually look for.  Maybe that’s what drew me in.

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Jul 112015
 

I was innocently strolling along Savannah’s waterfront early one morning when I spotted a large 3-masted sailing ship.  Beautiful boat, if a boat is what it’s called.  Seemed built in the “old” style, the way ships used to be made, when sailing was the way people and nations navigated large distances.  It was obviously a newer version of the old, but grand in style in every way.  Anyway, the closer I got, the more I realized much of the crew hanging out on the rigging of one of the large masts.  Odd maybe, but quite interesting.  A Danish teaching vessel filled with it’s young crew.

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Jun 192015
 

It’s summer.  The kids are out of school.  Time for sailing lessons.  Every year at this time these little sail boats cluster in the bay across from San Francisco with their eager learners and go through the gyrations of learning how to navigate a boat with the wind.  They’re fun to watch.  Sometimes funny.  What’s nice is that they’re out in the sunshine and elements, moving their bodies, creating a connection the natural world, learning the idiosyncrasies of the wind and how move with it rather than fight it.  Aikido on the water.  Ballet with a boat.  I watch from my office.

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Apr 112015
 

Cruising to get in place for the big show.  That’s what they’re all doing.  Getting in place to watch the nightly flight of the bats in Austin, Texas.  Having seen it I know it’s something worth making an event out of.  Or taking someone from out of town to see.  Just get there early if you want a good viewing spot.  That’s what’s smart about having a boat or kayak.  You get a perfectly unencumbered view of the spectacle.

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Dec 052014
 

Highway 1 in California is one of those roads that’s a must do.  No matter where you catch on, it’s a scenic joy ride.  I don’t live far from a section of it and I always enjoy the drive.  I’ve driven by Tomales Bay many a time and even kayaked across it.  Believe me it’s not always this calm, but when it is it can be as glass.  The fog descends, the light mist appears.  Pt. Reyes becomes more distant.

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Jun 172014
 

Not me, but someone.  Canals are just part of the topography in Amsterdam.  Such a beautiful city, too.  It’s Europe.  It’s old.  At least compared to the western U.S.  The architecture is old and spectacular.  I imagine this particular speed boat demon racing to his favorite breakfast eatery.  Or, maybe he’s a delivery man, off to deliver his wares.  Whatever he’s doing, there isn’t much traffic here on the canal.  Of course it’s never like a freeway.  There always seems to be a relative ease tooling around on an Amsterdamian canal.

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Mar 202014
 

It’s so beautiful here out on the Islands.  I was out wandering around at dusk, not too far from my sisters house.  I’d been out on the Island all day, exploring, visiting old haunts, taking photos.  I used to live here myself.  I met my wife here.  Our daughter was born here.  I worked here.  I bathed in the beauty here.  I hiked and explored and made friends here.  It’s been a long time now, but I love to come back and surround myself in Island time and beauty.  I’ll be back this summer for a nephews wedding.

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Dec 102013
 

A few lifetimes ago, in my 20’s, I fished for salmon commercially.  We’d head out pre-dawn and motor for a few hours before arriving at the fishing grounds; or we’d head to a different locale if we weren’t catching enough in one spot.  The best part about motoring around was sleep.  Ahh…. to catch a few winks on deck was heavenly after getting up so early.  Here, I’m in total empathy with the deckhand of the Susie King Taylor as she waits for her first morning riders across the Savannah River.

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Nov 182013
 

Dramatic weather is my favorite subject to photograph.  Whether just part of the larger scene or as the featured subject all together, I love weather.  Sail boats with their sails down on calm seas?  Probably not much there.  But with stormy clouds and a bit of color, now there’s something.  This is on Bellingham Bay in NW Washington state.

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