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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Sunset, La Jolla

La Jolla’s coastline is just gorgeous.

California

La Jolla Sunset

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Joshua Tree at Sunrise

Sunrise, just after Thanksgiving 2011

California, National Parks

Joshua Tree National Park

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I created this image 20 years ago. It was one of my early photography successes. On this trip to San Diego, I tried out a couple of new things photography wise, including slide film. My images from that trip turned out great which was probably at least partially beginners luck. Creating some images I was really happy with was a gateway drug and 20 years later I’m still photographing.

La Jolla is my favorite urban sea scape. It’s just gorgeous. There are places that are more famous, like the French Rivera, but in my book, La Jolla beats them all.

California, Landscape

La Jolla

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We’re are coming up on almost 2 weeks since the shelter in place order was issued in the Bay Area and I’m really missing being able to go out and create new photographs or simply go out to dinner. So, I’m instead going to through old images that I never got around to publishing. This image is from Half Moon Bay in January.

California, Landscape, Santa Cruz Coast

Half Moon Bay Sunset

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Every winter brings yellow mustard flowers to Napa Valley’s vineyards. Winter is a great time to visit Napa Valley as in addition to the mustard flowers, it’s uncrowded and the weather is cool.

California, Wine Country

Napa Valley Mustard

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