Monday, April 6, 2015

Lime Ridge Oak - Walnut Creek, California

Walnut Creek is surrounded by several open-space ranges and they're brilliantly emerald green thanks to a few rain storms in the past month (another one on the way, but not enough, unfortunately, to mitigate California's current drought). This one oak has managed to avoid annihilation as a sapling by roaming herds of cattle. It stands alone. I admire its twisty branch formations.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mountain View Cemetery Statuary - Oakland, California

Straight shots of some of the beautiful sculpture at Oakland's scenic Mountain View Cemetery. Ideally as a photographer, I'd take along a reflective surface for some bounce-light possibilities. But sometimes it's a nice challenge to just look at something in its existing light and see what the camera lens can make of it.

Next time you're in Oakland, take a walk up the hill at Mountain View and see the sights (including the San Francisco skyline, the Bay and beyond).

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Whiskeytown Lake / Crystal Creek Falls, California

Whiskeytown Lake is the site of a former mining town that was dammed in 1963. It's a popular recreation area with four neighboring waterfalls that are fairly accessible. The annual Waterfall Challenge takes place in April—hike to all four waterfalls within the designated week either on your own or alongside a scheduled ranger-led excursion. That's a scenic challenge.

Whiskeytown's National Recreational Area site is here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mendocino, California

The former logging town turned tourist destination, Mendocino. Picturesque.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sundial Bridge - Redding, California

I recently visited the beautiful Sundial Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava in Redding, California. This pedestrian span crosses the Sacramento River and leads to 300 acres of trails and parkland. An arboretum and interactive museum seal the deal. Worth a visit. Like functional sculpture.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Founders Grove - Avenue of the Giants, California

When visiting Northern California, be sure to drive along the Avenue of the Giants. Make note of Founders Grove, an old-growth grove where 2,500-year-old trees tower over you at ridiculous heights. The fallen trees are just as amazing. Everything is so gigantic you'll feel like a tiny ant, running around taking photos. It gets dark in the late afternoon in the fall, so use a flash. Good luck.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

If you appreciate truly ancient, bizarrely beautiful trees, make a point of visiting the Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountain range of the Eastern Sierras. These dense, tough trees can live thousands of years. The oldest recorded tree nearby is over 5,000 years old. That's one tree; 5,000+ years old. Some are only 4,000+ years old and there's plenty of middle-aged centuries-old trees as well. Our trip covered more in full, here.