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Feb 182017
 

I was quite tired after flying into Oakland from Texas.  I wanted to get home and be done with the travel schedule.  But, here I was with having to make another quick decision.  A perfect storm was hovering over the City.  The clouds were breaking a bit and the sun was showering some light their way.  So, I quickly decided to get on the Bay bridge and over to Treasure Island where I’d have good unfettered access to the scene.  I was just hoping the clouds would stay parted and there would be enough sunlight shining through to make a difference in the image.  Storms are always so exciting.  It was certainly worth the trip.

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Mar 072015
 

Not the TV show.  It’s this couple sitting comfortably on their bench looking out over Monterey Bay.  Driving out past the old town center you come to a wonderful little park, sitting along the bay.  A sweet little spot to watch the waves and people; to meet friends and catch up on one another’s lives; to sit with your partner, just enjoying one of life’s vistas.

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Mar 022015
 

I was not prepared for this!  Snow in the desert.  Cold.  Blustery.  I had the wrong gloves and my hands were freezing.  Yet… it was beautiful beyond any expectations I had.  I love when the weather presents a photogenic depth otherwise missing from an already beautiful scene.  This storm didn’t last all that long.  Maybe half an hour.  But, I could have reveled in the conditions for hours, comfortable or not.

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Jan 312015
 

I was thinking about a friend on the east coast.  It’s winter in all its glory there.  Cold, brash, harsh, filled with snow.  Not here in sunny CA.  I have to remind myself with images like this that winter, in the way that I think about winter, actually exists.  This was taken up in the Sierras one January day when snow was coming down hard.  It was so quiet.  I like the quiet, and hiking around in the storm gave me some sense of peace.  I like that too.

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Mar 012013
 

Are you someone who likes snow or is by now completely fed up with it?  Since it doesn’t fall where I live, I rather like it.  I can go and have my experience and then leave.  But, for those of you who live with it a good portion of the winter I can imagine growing rather tired of it.  But traveling up to Lake Tahoe at 6,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada mountains I expect and even want snow!  And I’m glad I went here first upon arrival.  Later this night, it snowed hard for hours and I couldn’t even get here with my wimpy city car.  But here, I loved hiking around the snow in my water-proof boots, cutting trails, lugging my camera and tripod around, hunting for angles, imagining snow angels.  A lovely winters day.

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Aug 152012
 

Just got back from a journey out to Colorado.  We attended a wedding in the Rockies in the western part of the state up at around 8,000 feet.  I love it up there.  Clean, crisp.  Clouds building throughout the day as the heat builds up in the lower elevations.  So, in the afternoon and evening, some really interesting weather patterns form, allowing for some awesome photo ops.

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Feb 022012
 

Have I mentioned before that I like a good storm?  Well, I do.  A couple of years ago we had a tsunami warning on the west coast so I  thought I’d drive the half hour out and check it out for myself.  The coastal beach rangers were trying to keep everyone off the beaches, just in case, but alas, it never showed up.  But the weather was just awesome enough to let the waves form.  And it was just windy enough to create some real power over the wave crests.  It was a gorgeous day!

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Jan 112012
 

I usually take 2 or 3 trips up to Bellingham, Washington, my home town, every year.  A couple of years ago I was up there in early spring.  The weather all week was incredible!  Massive storm clouds, interspersed by sun, then rain and cold, and back and forth it went.  I love stormy weather.  In California we have such long periods of totally blue skies; exactly what I longed for growing up in the damp Northwest.  Now, I really appreciate the power of a good storm.

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