Duck

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.

California, Silicon Valley, Wildlife

Duck at Palo Alto Baylands

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Silverado Trail, Vineyard with Mustard

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

California, Wine Country

Silverado Trail Mustard

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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

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Sunset on Laguna Creek Beach

One of my new year’s resolutions was to spend more time on my photography so I figured I should start on New Year’s Day with an excursion out to the coast.  The scene struck me as very much a January day:  overcast, cold and with just hints of sunset color.    January is when the lights and cheer of the holidays are forgotten and what’s left is the realization that it’s a long haul till spring.

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Laguna Creek Beach

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Pier 7 - San Francisco

Unlike the cold and foggy evenings of the summer, this September Sunday evening was warm, pleasant and shows the best San Francisco has to offer.

California, San Francisco

Pier 7 – San Francisco

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Grey Whale Cove State Beach

Grey Whale Cove State Beach is located a few miles south of Pacifica, just beyond Devil’s Slide.  I’d driven this section of Highway 1 many times but never noticed the beach.  There’s a well-marked parking lot right off the highway but one can not see the beach from the road.   There’s a trail and stairs that lead down to beach.   Getting down is pretty easy but the stairs and be bit taxing on the way back up.

California, Landscape, Santa Cruz Coast

Gray Whale Cove State Beach at Sunset

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Pomponio State Beach Sunset

Brilliant colors as the sun sets on Pomponio State Beach.

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Brilliant Colors

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Sunset at Pomponio State Beach

The sun descends, marking the beginning of a long winter night at Pomponio State Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Fading Winter Light

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Storm Approaches, Half Moon Bay

As I drove up the beach in Half Moon Bay, I was enthralled by the dramatic light from the approaching storm.  Just a minute or two after I created this image, the sky went grey and it started to rain fairly hard

California, Santa Cruz Coast

Moments Before the Storm

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