California

California is the state I was born in and it keeps drawing be back.  It is an amazing state.  I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of places in the world, but I have yet to find a place that is as diverse and beautiful as the state of California.  In a single day you can drive through high mountains, fertile valley, deserts, rainforests and grass hills.  Along with all the diversity comes some incredible beauty.

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Mesquite Dunes near Stove Pipe Wells - Death Valley

I really like the similarity of patterns in the photograph.  The patterns in the sand are like the dunes, which are like the foot hills, which are like the mountains.  Fractals in nature.  The yellow patch beyond the dunes is a bunch of wild flowers that goes for miles.  Death Valley can be amazing in the spring.

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Glacier Point – Yosemite

Iconic Half Dome dominates this panoramic taken from Glacier Point in the famous Yosemite National Park.  You can also see how granite the vast landscape of the Yosemite backcountry and how the landscape has been formed over the centuries.

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Moon over Sunset

This highly graphic image of the moon and a tree was taken near Davis California.

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First Light on Donner

Donner Lake CA taken from Rainbow Bridge on Highway Old 40.

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Fuel Up

Bodie is an old mining ghost town in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Having been made a State Park, it is one of the best preserved ghost towns I have ever seen, with many building and their content preserved.  It is a major attraction to history fans, photographers and lovers of the old west.  This old Dodge truck is parked in front of a filling station that dates back to the early 20th century.

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California Coast Reflections

A black and white looking out of a sea cave near Fort Bragg California on a foggy day.

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Old Snag in Olympic Valley

The Sierra produces some of the most interesting cloud formations.  This old snag on the Shirley Lakes Trail in Olympic Valley stand in contrast to the flowing clouds above.

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Sunflowers

After a trip from the coast in 2005 I was driving through Davis CA and some of the fields to the south of the freeway were planted with Sunflowers.  I was unable to stop that trip, but the next week I got back to take this.

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The Final Fall Color

This old Forest Service cabin sits near North Star Ski Resort and I pass it often on the way to Lake Tahoe.  I have enjoyed seeing it thought many seasons it and the grove of aspen change throughout the year.

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Redwood Path

This photograph was taken in the Founders Grove in Humboldt State Park in Northern California.  I find great energy in the Redwoods; it is a very special place.

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Tug under the Gate

Just as the sun sets a tugboat makes it way out under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Bixby Bridge

Sunset on the famous Bixby Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 near Carmel California.

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Yuba River Oak

2014 was a dry year and it left the mighty Yuba River running very low and slow, but it made from beautiful reflections.  I choose to render this in black and white to emphasis the wonderful texture of the scene.

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Yuba Reflections

In October of 2014 the South Fork of the Yuba River was running slow and had many beautiful pools that were mirroring the rocky landscape around it.