La Jolla Tide Pools

I have visited La Jolla countless times, but oddly, I’ve never taken photos of the tide pools there until last night. They are easy to access and I’m sure I’ll be back. Luckily, I was there after low tide, but the tide was coming back in, and I had to dodge a few waves splashingContinue reading “La Jolla Tide Pools”

SoCal Wildflower Bloom

Spring has sprung in Southern California! Yes, SoCal really does have seasons, as mild as they are. This photographic expedition required a bit more effort, as the location was about 250 miles from my home, and I had to drive across Los Angeles to get there. That is never fun. Ever. I planned my tripContinue reading “SoCal Wildflower Bloom”

Yosemite National Park

Last week (16-19 November 2021), I made a quick run to Yosemite National Park. It was my first visit there since September 2009, and I was anxious to get out and capture some images. I arrived at the Tunnel View around 3:30 p.m., just in time to catch the setting sun light up El CapitanContinue reading “Yosemite National Park”

Exploring Arizona and Zion

Last week, I took six days to do a little photography scouting trip of some new locations and of some that I hadn’t been to in over 30 years. Here are some of the results of that recon trip. One thing that was a bit of a photographer’s “nightmare” was the fact that I sawContinue reading “Exploring Arizona and Zion”

Out Playing

All the years that I’ve been playing with my digital photography, the vast majority of my images were taken on my 24-105 mm lens, and I didn’t own a wider angle lens than that. Until just before my trip to Switzerland. I finally broke down and purchased a 16-35 mm f/4 lens. I thought itContinue reading “Out Playing”

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Apparently, poppies hate wind. So do I. Each spring, poppies and other wildflowers blanket the 1,800 acre / 728 hectare Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California. It’s something that I’ve wanted to see since moving to California. The poppies were right at their peak last week, so I drove up on Saturday, 20Continue reading “Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve”

Switzerland 2019

I just returned from ten days touring Switzerland, spending time in Luzern, Interlaken, Bern, and Fiesch. Of course, so many parts of Switzerland are so stunningly beautiful that it just takes your breath away. While I was there, it snowed in a good chunk of the country, leaving about a meter of fresh snow inContinue reading “Switzerland 2019”

Anza-Borrego Desert in Bloom

After a rainy winter, the Anza-Borrego Desert is coming alive with blooming wildflowers in different areas of the park. There were maps of the flower “hot spots” available at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park visitor center. The 20-30 mph winds made any macro photography of the flowers impossible—they were just bouncing around way too much.Continue reading “Anza-Borrego Desert in Bloom”

Joshua Tree National Park

My cousins from Chicago flew into San Diego and they always wanted to see Joshua Tree National Park, so we made a quick run up there this Presidents Day weekend. We were on a very compressed timeline, but we packed a lot into just under 24 hours, completing the Park Boulevard loop from the townContinue reading “Joshua Tree National Park”

The Eastern Sierra and Pacific Northwest

It’s October and that means it was road trip time (I’m in a rut—this is the third year in a row that I’ve taken a road trip the first week of October). If you really want the gory details of the entire trip, you can read about them here. Suffice it to say, it wasContinue reading “The Eastern Sierra and Pacific Northwest”