While is the image is from this year, I wrote the following back in 2013 and it still does a good job of capturing of how I feel about the solstice:

The solstice always makes me think about the humans that came 1000s of years before us. They couldn’t really be sure that days would start getting longer again.

All of our forbearers must have had the fear that maybe the days would keep get shorter and shorter and they would be plunged into darkness. The solstice was clearly an important day to many cultures. In Ireland, the massive ancient monument of New Grange is built on a solstice alignment and the rising sun on the solstice illuminates a chamber deep inside. The Mayans ended their year on the solstice which why their calendar ran out on the solstice causing people to predict the end of the world (in 2012).

In in modern times, our calendar year reset and our biggest holiday celebrations are both quite near the solstice which is no coincidence. Humans have always celebrated or marked the shortest day of the year. As the light fades from the sky on this Winter Solstice, I feel a connection to thousands years of my ancestors who also marked this shortest day of the year.

California, Silicon Valley

Winter Solstice


Santa Cruz Coastline Sunset

The clouds looked just right for an amazingly colorful sunset. But by the time sun went down, the clouds had mostly dissipated. There was still some color along the horizon and any sunset along the Santa Cruz Coast where the sun isn’t obscured by fog is always worth seeing.

Santa Cruz Coast

Laguna Creek Beach Sunset


Trinidad State Beach, Humboldt County, California

California, Landscape

Last Light — Trinidad State Beach


Sunset over Bowling Beach Beach, Mendocino Coast, Califorinia

California, Landscape, Travel

Bowling Ball Beach Sunset


Yoda Fountain

The Yoda Fountain outside the Lucas Film Building in The Presidio, San Francisco

California, San Francisco

May The Force Be With You


Snowy Egret

A Snowy Egret at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

Silicon Valley, Wildlife

Snowy Egret



I took my new lens out to the Palo Alto Baylands to try it out and my favorite image was this duck, which I think is a female Northern Pintail. I was unpleasantly surprised about the number of mosquitos who were more than happy to turn me into their next meal. Next time I will bring insect repellant.

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Duck at Palo Alto Baylands


Silverado Trail, Vineyard with Mustard

Every winter mustard plants sprout up in the vineyards in Napa Valley.

California, Wine Country

Silverado Trail Mustard


Sunset at Laguna Creek Beach

Another image created on my new year’s day excursion to the coast.  For me, this image captures the feel the winter on the coast:  cloudy, cold and shrouded in veil of mystery.

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Laguna Creek Beach, Part II