An egret in flight at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in San Jose
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.
Alviso Salt Pond
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.
Goodbye and Good Riddance 2020
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.
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.
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.
Mt. Oberlin, Glacier National Park (Painting)
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.
Peyto Lake (Painting)
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.
Moraine Lake (Painting)
Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007