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I have been a photographer since childhood. My passion ignited on a 50 mile hike in the Sierra as a boy scout. My compact instamatic camera got a workout. Shortly after, I graduated to an SLR camera. I wore my first SLR, a Praktica, around my neck for almost all my senior year in high school.

Merry Christmas from San Francisco!
Merry Christmas from San Francisco!
Downtown San Francisco CA   Christmas cheer in downtown San Francisco. View from Powell Street Macy's Christmas tree and victory monument in Union Square. The old and new of the St Francis Hotel as background. Macy's store reflected in Christmas tree ornament. Macy's Christmas tree in San...
Surfing, days end
Surfing, days end
Linda Mar State Beach, Pacific CA   Surfing, days end. Sunset at Linda Mar Th6ere are few times that you see no surfers at Linda Mar beach in Pacifica. Here on a gray day in winter, the last few surfers haul out of the surf as the light fades. I was experimenting with the ISO settings on my...
Sunset at Pillar Point Harbor
Sunset at Pillar Point Harbor
Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay CA   Sunset at Pillar Point Harbor. Winter vibes in Half Moon Bay. This is the view from the patio at the Beach House Hotel in Half Moon Bay. I was the chef there for just a bit over 3 years. Just a step out of the kitchen door, and this is the view that...
Magenta Iceplant flower bud
Magenta Iceplant flower bud
Montara State Beach, Montara CA   Magenta Iceplant flower bud. Common plant on the California coast. Along the California coast, you’ll find Iceplant in abundance. Although it might be a bit early, on my recent visit to the coast, the Iceplant flower buds are starting to open. Mostly...
Clouds, mountains, city, fields. State capitol skyline from Yolo Bypass
Clouds, mountains, city, fields. State capitol skyline from Yolo Bypass
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis CA Clouds, mountains, city, fields. State capitol skyline from Yolo Bypass I love the diversity of nature, And the proximity to large metropolitan areas thanks to the foresight of nature enthusiasts, hunters, politicians and rangers and naturalists who work...
Into the teeth of the surf
Into the teeth of the surf
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA Into the teeth of the surf. Before the storm.  Here in northern California the storm door is open. And welcome, please, come in! Not only bringing the much needed rain and snow, but also GREAT photo opportunities. Between the strands of clouds moving...
Face time with a tiger
Face time with a tiger
Oakland Zoo, Oakland CA   Face time with a tiger. Looking at a beauty.   There are six tiger species in the world. Bengal and Siberian tigers are among the most prominent. An overall population of just over 6ooo animals still living In the world. To say tigers are a threatened species...
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End, San Francisco CA   Golden Gate Bridge. Framed in trees   I sometimes imagine what the Golden Gate looked like before the bridge was built. Back centuries ago, indiginous people might wake up near this spot and look into the spectacular bay and islands. This photo was taken...
Crab pots
Crab pots
Pillar Point Harbor, Half  Moon Bay CA   Crab pots. ‘Tis the season for Dungeness crab.   It’s a hard life for crabbers in California. The much sought after Dungeness crabs are usually fished from the middle of November through the new year. Last year, the season got a...
Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers
Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers
Woodside CA   Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers. Hummingbirds love this flower.   “Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be alive.” – Marty Rubin   I caught these images quite by surprise, wandering...
Sunset, shore birds, rock and ocean
Sunset, shore birds, rock and ocean
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz CA   "Sunset, shore birds, rock and ocean. Birds roosting on Natural Bridge rock at sunset."   There is an element of hopefulness in this image. Like an infinite power.   “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual...
Neon sign and street lamp with Christmas decoration
Neon sign and street lamp with Christmas decoration
South San Francisco CA   “Neon sign and street lamp with Christmas decoration. On the street in South San Francisco.”   Something unexpected happened when I went to take this image. My intention was to capture a nighttime shot of this neon sign and the historic street lamp...
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA "Big Bang Theory. Waves over rocks."   These are the kind of shots I love to take. I enjoy the waiting between the smaller waves. Counting for more or less the 7th wave. The waiting is the bonus. Just sitting on the shore with the sights, sounds, smells...
Late fall colors
Late fall colors
Cannon River, Northfield MN   Late fall sunrise. Mist and fall colors.   Searching for fall colors in California is a bit of a hot or miss proposition. They eventually will show up, but maybe not all at once or as dramatic as they show up in the northern states. I was recently in...
Late fall sunset colors
Late fall sunset colors
Northfield MN Late fall sunset colors. Leafless trees before a cloudy sky. From a short family trip to Northfield, Minnesota. I was hoping to get some captures of the fall colors in the trees, but most of the leaves turned and had fallen. I was able to capture this image during the golden hour....

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