I didn't have to look far to find this picturesque tunnel. Who knew I could find a fall tree tunnel right in my backyard. I encourage you to slow down, take in the crisp air, and look around, and fall in love with the season.
For the most part the peak is obscured by the clouds and is visible only for a few days out of the month. We were lucky to have mostly clear weather with a clear view of the Denali Summit throughout most of our stay around the Denali National Park. Here is one of the "classic" pictures of Mount McKinley taken from Stony Hill Overlook on June 22, 2013.
This picture was taken at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery close to Point Loma Naval Base in San Diego, CA.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. (wikipedia)
This picture of the suset was taken last year in October from the shores of Mono Lake. In the foreground, you see the Tufa's that were formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water.
This is from our last trip up north on Highway 1 in February 2013. I had seen pictures of this tree tunnel online but couldn't find any information on the exact location. So as we drove up, I was on the constant lookout for this tunnel. We came across few different tree tunnels but this was the best of them all. It is located just north of MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg.
Here is another photograph of the Seattle area landscape. It was taken from the Space Needle observation deck looking east. In the foreground you can see Capitol Hill district which is the most densely populated residential district in Seattle. The tall buildings at distance is the city of Bellevue with the Cascade mountain range in the backdrop.
Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town. (wikipedia)
We climbed down the cliff to the glass beach and over the rock formations to get to this spot, which was about 100 feet from the beach. My cover photo, taken by my wife, gives you behind the scenes look at me setting up to take this shot.
Perspective and composition are the 2 most important aspects of a photograph, this is particularly true for this picture of Seattle downtown with Mt. Rainier in the backdrop. For comparison, Space Needle stands about 604 feet tall and Mt. Rainier is 14409 feet high and is about 60-70 miles from Seattle by air. This picture was taken from Kerry park which is a small park north of Seattle downtown and is a famous tourist spot because of the view.
At first we drove past those lights on Highway 1 while coming back from Pigeon Point Lighthouse. As we got close to the lights we noticed the haze being created by the lights falling on the fog and it looked beautiful. So we stopped and turned around to find a safe spot to pull over so we could take some pictures. In this picture you can see the rear lights of the car as it drove past me and past the street lights.
Sometimes Mother Nature surprises you in your own backyard! These mustard fields are only a quarter mile from my house and I pass by them every day to work and every time I pass by, I think about coming back in the evening to capture the sunset. After all these years it finally came to be, better late then never!
Sonoma county is known for a lot of good wines and is sub divided into various regions like Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Each year, wineroad.com puts together a Barrel Tasting event where you can taste the future wines straight from the barrel with over hundred wineries participating in this event.
We attended this event the first weekend of March 2013 and stopped by Ridge Vineyards in Healdsburg amongst others. They have beautiful grounds and this picture was taken directly outside their main tasting room looking over the dormant vines with beautiful rolling hills in the backdrop.
Inverness is a small community in Marin County located on the southwest shore of Tomales Bay. As such, there is not a whole lot to see here other than a old beached fishing boat. Most people pass through this small town on their way to Point Reyes lighthouse, never stopping to take a closer look at this boat as there are no signs on the road. I also missed this last time I went to Point Reyes lighthouse couple years back. So this time when we made plans to drive up north of San Francisco on Highway 1, I made sure to locate this on Google maps. The boat is located directly behind the grocery store and there is a nice picnic area and a small trail that runs along the shore and out to the south side of a small creek which leads you to this boat. Searching for "Point Reyes Shipwrecks" on Google maps will give you the exact location.
While doing some research, I came across couple different stories about the boat. One of them is from Sandra Rocca Racine who says that this boat belonged to her father Merrel S. Rocca Sr. who built it in 1951. He was a commercial fisherman and use to fish in this boat. Another is from a Inverness local who said the boat is owned by Andrew Romanoff, the grand nephew of Nicolas II, the last Tsar of Russia, interesting indeed. You can read the rest of this story athttp://austingranger.com/elegy/text/chapter2
Anyhow, hope I didn't bore you with the small tidbit. Enjoy the photo and feel free to hit the share button to share it with your friends and family.
Apparently, Point Arena lighthouse is situated on the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States. Though we didn't see any hula shows or have mai tai's ;), it definitely was a breathtaking view.
After driving north on PCH on a bright and clear California day, it got very cloudy by the time we arrived at Point Arena in the late afternoon. As I was scouting the area to set up the shot, I noticed the sun peaking through the clouds and "lighting the lighthouse" momentarily. Once I found a good spot, I set the camera on the tripod and had it ready to go. Now it was a matter of time before I was able to capture this beauty.
When travelling on Highway 1 along California Pacific Coast you are presented with an unlimited number of opportunities to photograph all different types of landscapes ranging from cliffs gutting out of the ocean to rolling hills.
Here is a picture of a hill in Valley Ford, CA. This was one of the few random places I stopped to take a picture after I saw a decent composition while driving.
Here is a picture from our Mono Lake trip few months back. In order to capture the sunrise, we got up in the wee hours of the morning and drove to South Tufa area on the southern end of Mono Lake. It was a short drive from where we were staying in Lee Vining, California. Though we had to sacrifice some sleep but it was well worth it in the end. :)
Here is a shot taken from Harbor Dr., next to Maritime Museum of San Diego looking across the north end of Coronado Island and over the Point Loma Hills.
This was taken back in December 2012. It was a perfect mix of clouds and the setting sun that turned everything bright orange and created this illusion of fire in the sky!
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- Tree Tunnel - Highway 1, CA
- Vancouver Downtown - Vancouver, BC
- Civilization & Nature - Seattle, WA
- Pigeon Point Sunset - Pescadero, CA
- Sunset at Glass Beach - Fort Bragg, CA
- Space Needle & Mt. Rainier - Seattle, WA
- Seattle at Dusk - Seattle, WA
- Space Needle - Seattle, WA
- Cloudy Sunset - Seattle, WA
- Golden Sunrise - Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco...
- Circular Blur - Oakland Fair, Oakland, CA
- Hazy Lights - HWY 1, Pescadero, CA
- Mustard Sunset - Fremont, CA
- Dormant Vines - Ridge Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
- Stuck in Nature - Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Ros...
- Beached Boat - Inverness, CA
- Armed With Light - Point Arena, CA
- Green Hill - Valley Ford, CA
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