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Last month's theme was travel. And, good timing had me spending a weekend in Yosemite--where the...

Monthly Themes: June--Travel

Last month's theme was travel. And, good timing had me spending a weekend in Yosemite--where the waterfalls are better than they have been in five years due to California drought. It was really great to see them flowing with quite a bit of water. Below are two of my favorites, both of the Yosemite Falls. The first from Glacier Point, above the Falls and the second from Yosemite Valley, below the Falls.

Yosemite Falls from Above and Below:







For my birthday, I treated myself to a whale watching trip this morning. It was spectacular, so many...

Whale Watching

For my birthday, I treated myself to a whale watching trip this morning. It was spectacular, so many whales to see, swimming and eating and playing. I need to do it again already.

Here are a few of my favorite images.















This month's theme is street photography, and while my selection may not seem like it fits the d...

Monthly Themes: May--Street Photography

This month's theme is street photography, and while my selection may not seem like it fits the definition of street photography because it is not outdoors or on a street. But it does fit this definition from Eric Kim in that it's candid and it's in a public place: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/08/07/what-is-street-photography-2/.

I also appreciate his final point: "Definitions, shmefinitions... I recommend giving the middle finger to definitions--and not worrying about it. Who cares what people classify your type of photography to be? As long as you enjoy the photos you are taking--isn't that enough?"

This image is from a dance recital I attended recently while visiting friends whose three daughters all performed in many magical ways. This sweet moment was captured during the finale when all the dancers return back on stage to be honored for their hard work throughout the year. You can see how much the littles love the older dancers and how much they care for them. It's such a lovely shared moment on stage before returning to their families.


A few other favorites from the recital.







Watch for Molly and Sarah's images coming soon.

My first photo in this year's photo challenge was from the Serene Lakes area in the Sierra Mount...

Monthly Themes: April--Spring Colors

My first photo in this year's photo challenge was from the Serene Lakes area in the Sierra Mountains, and I returned there again last weekend with the family. Being late April we weren't expecting a snowstorm and especially one that left two feet of fresh snow on the ground.

With everything freshly coated in white, I wasn't sure about the theme of Spring Colors. But I love this photo of Marin in her bright blue snow jacket and a the green trees peaking through all the white. And, the obvious joy Marin is having in the fresh powder shows the fun we all had in the snow (after the eight hour extended drive to get there.)



For March's Go Green I wanted to capture something growing. With the rain we've had this win...

Monthly Themes: March--Go Green

For March's Go Green I wanted to capture something growing. With the rain we've had this winter California is catching up a little on the drought, not quit completely, but some progress is being made. Green grass and blooming flowers are showing all over the state.

This capture is from my Dad's back yard in Bolinas. I love the contrast of purple and all the different shades of green, and how the green inside the stalk appears to be shimmering.






The February theme was Loving Life and I can't think of a better feature than a dog with her bal...

Monthly Themes: February--Loving Life

The February theme was Loving Life and I can't think of a better feature than a dog with her ball. My friend Suzanne, saves old dogs from shelters and gives them a new life through her nonprofit, Retired Retrievers. Sometimes they stay in her own home and many times she finds other incredible people who take in a retired retriever so they can be loved and live in comfort for whatever time they have left. I get to have the pleasure of helping her with her Instagram account.

A few of these amazing dogs end up living with Suzanne and her very accommodating husband, and three of them are about to embark on a RV trip around the country.

I recently visited the entire family in Savannah and was able to capture a few photos of the dogs and the ruler of the house, Gonzo.


Anna and her ball.

Anticipating the throw...

That face!


Noah's turn.


DJ Greenbeans (named for the green beans he eats to lose a little weight), not a ball chaser.

Snappah (aka Rex)


Anna and Noah sharing a bed after Noah (the horse-sized dog) was kicked out of another bed.


Gonzo!







Molly, Sarah and I are back at with our annual photo challenge. This year we're going with a ...

2016 Photo Challenge--Monthly Themes: January--New Beginnings


Molly, Sarah and I are back at with our annual photo challenge. This year we're going with a monthly theme, staring with New Beginnings for January. You can see the full list for each month below.

For January's New Beginnings theme, I have an image from a recent trip to the Sierra's, where on top of several feet of snow, a completely new blanket of snow came down. I was able to walk out to a snow covered lake and be one of the first people to walk on and see the fresh powder. Quite a beautiful site (and so desperately needed for the state of California).






Monthly Themes:
January: New Beginnings
February: Loving Life
March: Go Green
April: Spring Colors
May: Street Photography
June: Travel
July: Summer Fun
August: Summer Golden Hours
September: Expressions
October: Autumn Colors
November: Family
December: Holiday Lights

I was returning from the City last night right around dusk, so I decided to stop off on Treasure Isl...

A Year of Sundays--Bay Bridge at Dusk

I was returning from the City last night right around dusk, so I decided to stop off on Treasure Island to see what the view would be. This is always a great spot to get a view of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge and last night didn't disappoint. The sky was lovely shades of pink and blues.




Check out Molly's image from her farmer's market and watch for Sarah's image coming soon.


There are three routes to go from the Mill Valley to Bolinas, where my Dad has a house. I drove out ...

A Year of Sundays--Mt. Tam Fog Series

There are three routes to go from the Mill Valley to Bolinas, where my Dad has a house. I drove out for the day last Sunday and decided to take the route up and over Mt. Tam. I saw some fog hovering over the mountain and know it can create beautiful atmosphere when rolling over the hills. This was definitely one of those moments, and I captured several images of the fog playing amongst the trees.








Check out Molly's image from her connection with a 3-Day participant and watch for Sarah's image coming soon.

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