Salt Point State Park

 The cypress tree hanging on the ledge here reminded me of the the famous Lone Cypress Tree at 17 Mile Drive. I think the difference between the two highlights the main difference between the Monterey Bay area compared to the Sonoma Coast. Both have stunning scenery but one is heavily marketed to around the world …

Fort Ross

 It had been about nine years since my last visit to the Sonoma Coast, and Fort Ross State Historic Park had been on my to-do list for a while now so I took advantage of the nice weather by visiting Fort Ross. I had driven by Fort Ross before but it was completely fogged in. …

Crissy Field Marsh

 It is interesting to experience San Francisco when it is quiet, early in the morning because it is so much different from the experience during the day when it’s flooded with people (many of them tourists). On this morning, there was no one out and about when I made this image, then as the light …

The Scenes Within a Scene

 Photography is one of those things where it’s easy to learn the basics but you spend a lifetime developing your art. Easy would be pulling off a technically-sound image of an obvious composition. It’s the first thing you see as a photographer. The above image is something I probably would have done five years ago …

Bay Area Wild

 One of the books that inspired me to pursue the photography that I do was Galen Rowell’s, “Bay Area Wild“. As a lifelong Bay Area resident, Rowell created this Sierra Club book to highlight the wild areas within the Bay Area with a strong message of conservation. Having been exposed to this book early in …

Chasing the Light

 It seemed only fitting that I arrive to the only location in Point Reyes at sunset that wasn’t socked in with fog to encounter my friend, Gary Crabbe, leading his one-day panoramic photography workshop. Truthfully, I wasn’t surprised at all because we share a similar philosophy about photography; go where the light is and find …

Self-Discovery Through Nature

 In my “Why Nature Photography?” blog post last week, I described what to me is the pinnacle of nature photography; the emotional connection to the land. I had another one of those moments the other day as I explored a forest by myself at Point Reyes National Seashore. I had never been to this location …

Point Reyes Elephant Seals

 There were a lot of elephant seals laying out on the beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore. They truly are fascinating animals that have come back from the verge of extinction 100 years ago. The more common locations to view elephant seals are typically at Point Piedras Blancas just north of San Simeon and at …