May 17

A Look Back—Bodie Mining Buildings

Photograph of mining buildings in the snow at the ghost town of Bodie, CaliforniaMy first trip ever to the ghost town of Bodie coincided with the first snow of the season. Bodie is almost 8400 feet in elevation and I worried I might get snowed in, but the snow added drama to the scene of the mining buildings.

May 17

A Look Back—Flowers and Pine

Photograph of a pine tree and small pink flowers in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Kings Canyon National Park, CaliforniaSo often the Sierras in summer are dry and dusty. In July of 2006, there was enough moisture for these delicate flowers to thrive. Taken in Kings Canyon National Park in the central Sierra Nevada.

Apr 17

A Look Back—Snow Covered Peak

Photograph of a snow covered peak near Lone Pine, CaliforniaAn overlooked shot from a trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada in March of 2006. Snow prevented me from going higher in elevation, but a telephoto zoom brought this peak in close. There was so little color in the scene that I thought it looked better in black and white.

Apr 17

A Look Back—Waterfall and Granite

Photograph of a waterfall Fall in Yosemite Valley, CaliforniaAnother view of cascading water and granite. Taken with a Nikon 17-55mm lens, May 24, 2006.

Apr 17

A Look Back—Bridalveil Fall

Photograph of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite Valley, CaliforniaA detail of the mist and spray generated by Bridalveil Fall. When the waterfall is flowing at its peak in the spring of a wet year, it is nearly impossible to reach the base of the fall without getting soaked.

Mar 17

A Look Back—Yosemite Waterfalls

Photograph of Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, CaliforniaI am sure many millions of photos have been taken from this very same viewpoint, but this was my first trip to Yosemite in the spring. I was amazed by the volume of water going over the falls. May 23, 2006.

Mar 17

A Look Back—New Idria

Photograph of abandoned buildings at the New Idria Mine in San Benito County, CaliforniaNew Idria was an active Quicksilver mine until 1972. The mine is located in San Benito County, California. It is now an EPA Superfund site because of mercury contamination and the area is a ghost town. This shot is a detail of one of the abandoned buildings. Taken in May, 2006.

Mar 17

A Look Back—Poppies And Tracks

Photograph of poppies growing between unused railroad tracks near Marina, CaliforniaI found this section of unused railroad tracks for the first time in 2006. I liked the bright color of the poppies against the rusting tracks. I have returned to this area every spring since then, but have never found as profuse a bloom.

Feb 17

A Look Back—Raindrops

Photograph of raindrops on a flower backyard shot with the 105mm Micro Lens. The freshness of the raindrops never loses it’s appeal. April 2006.

Feb 17

A Look Back—Empty Highway

Photograph of a farm road and clouds near Marina, CaliforniaThe yellow line of the road led my eye to the clouds in the distance. Taken with the 17-55mm lens, April 2006.