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Apr 262017
 

When traveling along an ocean you’re never too far away from an old lighthouse.  At one point I’m sure they were quite useful and necessary.  These day, I wonder if they’re used at all.  I mean don’t all ships have gps by now?  I don’t really know, but I do know I’m glad they’re still around.  They add a certain charm and elegance to the scene.  They bring a sense of place and history.  I’m attracted to that kind of thing.  Whenever I’m on a coastal jaunt I always seek them out.  This one’s in central Oregon.

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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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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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Jun 282014
 

One year I had a goal of going somewhere, anywhere, at least once a month.  A difficult task but I think I got away 10 of the 12 months.  On this particular month I decided to take a day trip up north on the California coastal highway.  A beautiful winding road up the coastline, highway 1 is a must if you’ve never done it.  North of San Francisco is wild and scenic all the way up until it runs into highway 101 and the redwoods.  But here, at Pt. Arena, is a lighthouse, one of a handful on the entire coastline.  It sits atop some rugged cliffs, warning the ships of yesteryear of the presence of the hazards.  A beautiful place, a beautiful drive.

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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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Apr 122013
 

Monterey Bay, that is; which is part of the Pacific Ocean; which Monterey, California butts up against.  Wonderful walking town with a well-used urban trail that runs for quite a long way along the shore.  People, places to eat and shop, and, of course, the ever present big blue Pacific.  Whether calm or crashing, it lends its energy and presence to the land.  The life and beauty it brings, truly a blessing.

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