Alviso Salt Pond At Sunset

When I was growing up in the Bay Area, Alviso had the reputation of being a historical oddity, an out of the way place that time had passed by. In the 1980s, Highway 237 was not yet a freeway and I remember greenhouses along the road. Today, both sides of Highway 237 have modern office buildings, but the core part of Alviso hasn’t changed.

After my visit to the baylands at the Alviso County Park, I wondered why Alviso hasn’t been developed. Some quick research revealed Alviso is below sea level and prone to flooding so new residential development is restricted.

California, Silicon Valley

Alviso Salt Pond

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Sunset Over The Marsh, Don Edwards Refuge

It’s becoming a tradition for me to head out on New Year’s Eve to photograph the sunset. Last year and I went to Capitola. This year I stayed closer to home and went to Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge at the foot of the San Francisco Bay.

While the stroke of midnight is the official end of the year, I find that watching the last rays of the year’s sunlight disappear over the horizon is just as an important marker of the year’s end as the stroke of midnight.

California, Silicon Valley

Goodbye and Good Riddance 2020

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Panther Beach

2020 has been such a tough year for everyone. I’ve spent less time photographing this year than any year in the last 20 years. In this last week of the year, I’m very happy to have been about to make it back to the beautiful and rugged California coast.

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Rugged Coast

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Sunset Fishing

Mostly due to the pandemic but for other reasons as well, 2020 has been a unproductive year for my photography. I cut what would turn to be one my one international trip of the year short due to the pandemic. Once the lock-down started, I went almost no where. Until today, I hadn’t even been to the coast in 2020.

I’m happy to have ended my photographic dry spell. There’s still two months left in the year and I hope to get least enough work done to have a decent 10 best of 2020.

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Sunset Fishing

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Mt. Oberlin, Glacier National Park

This is vista is from Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park. Going to the Sun is most scenic road I’ve ever been on. It crosses the park and has too many stunning views to count.

Digital Painting, National Parks

Mt. Oberlin, Glacier National Park (Painting)

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This view of Peyto Lake in Banff National Park is one my favorite vistas.  The beautiful turquoise color of the lake is what drew me to visiting Banff.   I saw painting of the lake at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and just marveled at the color of the lake and knew I had to go see it for myself.

Digital Painting, National Parks

Peyto Lake (Painting)

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The photograph I started with to make this painting is one of my favorites.  Moraine Lake is incredibly picturesque and it took me three trips to Banff National Park to find it with out the peak covered by clouds.

Digital Painting, National Parks

Moraine Lake (Painting)

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Statue, Recoleta Cemetery

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007

Travel

Recoleta Cemetery

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Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

There’s so much history in cemeteries, much of it forgotten. New Orleans had multiple terrible yellow fever epidemics and malaria was endemic. It took large scale public health projects to eradicate these diseases. The CDC we have today originally was started to eradicate malaria.

We have forgotten that this country fought and won tough battles against diseases before. Maybe if we relearned this history, it would help us find the strength to beat the current pandemic.

Travel

Italian Benevolent Society Tomb

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