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Exploring at Torrey Pines SNR

Now that I have my new California State Parks annual pass, I've been putting it to good use by visiting a number of the Southern California beach state parks. Yesterday, it was back to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve north of La Jolla. With its expansive beach at the base of towering cliffs that are … Continue reading Exploring at Torrey Pines SNR

Carrizo Badlands

The last week or so, we've been having a bit of rain here in San Diego and, as the most recent storm cleared this morning, there were some interesting cloud formations around the area. I thought it might be interesting to see if the clouds made it over the mountains into the Anza-Borrego Desert. They … Continue reading Carrizo Badlands

Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area

I went on another of my infamous Sunday afternoon drives through the country today—a mere 520 miles in eight hours and forty-five minutes (driving time; 12 hours total time). Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area (near Cantil, California, not the Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada) caught my attention on my last trip … Continue reading Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area

San Diego Skyline

San Diego has invested heavily in updating its waterfront Embarcadero and the surrounding area. Here are a few nighttime images of the skyline and the architecturally significant San Diego County Administration Building.

Salton Sea Sunday Sunset

Sort of. You can see a sliver of the Salton Sea in this sunset, and that's because my timing for the drive from San Diego to the east side of the Salton Sea was thrown off by some unplanned vehicle maintenance (buying and adding a quart of oil to the engine and topping off the … Continue reading Salton Sea Sunday Sunset

Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills

My trip to the Alabama Hills last month really inspired me, so I decided to return for the three-day Veterans Day weekend. It was a short trip, but a rewarding one. Saturday's sunrise wasn't as spectacular as the one for my trip in October, but decent nonetheless. I also took a little detour up Whitney … Continue reading Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills

Lowest Glow on Earth

I suspect there aren't many photographers who wouldn't enjoy trying to capture the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta if they had the time and resources to do so. Smaller scale alternatives can be found. Yesterday, SeaFest, a group organized to promote California's Salton Sea, organized its first-ever early morning hot air balloon race and an evening hot … Continue reading Lowest Glow on Earth

Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe

The first week of October 2017, I took a long-awaited photographic excursion from San Diego up the eastern Sierra to Lake Tahoe. Visited places included the Alabama Hills, Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, June Lake, and Bodie State Historical Park on my way to Lake Tahoe. You can read about the full … Continue reading Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma is one of the first places I'll take out-of-town guests, with its commanding views of San Diego harbor and the Pacific Ocean, and its history dating back to the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on 28 September 1542.