Quinta da Regaleira

I could have spent days in this elaborate, enchanting and somewhat weird garden.

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Beyond Human Scale

One of the big reasons I wanted to go to Northern California is to experience the redwoods. Sure, I'd been in forests in Big Sur. Alfred Molera and Garapatta State Parks, but those groves, while precious, are small and made up of all new growth. I wanted the big forests and if I got lucky,... Continue Reading →

Desert Blooms

May in California is wildflower season and the high desert of the eastern Sierras is no exception.  I took tons of photos, but due to the harsh light, relentless wind and time constraints (who can wait forever for the wind to die down on every single shot?) most of them are for my reference and... Continue Reading →

I’m not Ansel Adams but…

An online photographer friend said that he doesn't do much black and white landscape work because he feels he needs the color to be there because it was there.  I agree with him up to a point.  No, I'm no Ansel Adams, but I do like how a black and white photograph can work when... Continue Reading →

Desert Visitor – me!

To many people the word desert conjures up images of dunes, rippling sand, cactus and brutal temperatures.  While some of that might be true, many deserts are far from that.  Their lushness and color just might surprise you.  Even though I've never lived near one, I've always loved the desert.  High desert especially.  That's one... Continue Reading →

Strange Photos from the West

To paraphrase Clutch a bit. I'm back. Phew. Challenging was the watchword for this vacation.  Between the weather and the accessibility issues, my photography skills were put to the test.  Sometimes I passed, sometimes I failed, but overall it was a good trip.  I just heard a weather update for the Eastern Sierras and the... Continue Reading →

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