Mid August of 2014, I went with a meetup group from Fairfield to do an all day shoot first at Fort Ross State Park (SP) and then to Salt Point State Park both on the Sonoma Coast. I’ve been to both places numerous times and each has its moods and beauty. As it turned out the coastal weather was its usual gray overcast which made for somewhat less than exciting photography. However, the landscape photographer has quite often the task of making the best of the conditions and pulling out the images from it. Regardless, off we went to see what we could see. Here are some selected images from Fort Ross SP.
#1 – Cute seal on the rocks
Been awhile since I posted some of my photo activities. I do get out and shoot very often but, as it takes more time to process, arrange, and display my images, I do tend to be behind in sharing them here. Let’s go back to August 15, 2014. I attended a meetup of the West County Photo Group. The plan was to do a late afternoon shoot of downtown Petaluma culminating in a brief bit of lightpainting near the Petaluma River footbridge. The late afternoon light was hard and bright and my HDR tendencies came out in full force. Here are some of the better images.
#1 – The classic Petaluma downtown building
#2 – Another view of the same building – although the lens has made the building look a bit weird, I like this one that way just for fun.
In early August last year, Sharon, Kyra, and I put the boats on the Pathfinder and headed north for a long drive to Trinity Lake in northern northern California. Upon arriving there, we met up with Amanda and Chris plus Chris’ family for a nice weekend of camping. While I didn’t do as much creative photography as I thought I might, I did get some nice images of the Trinity Lake area worth sharing. For one thing, there was a very active wild fire 6-8 miles northwest of us and at times during the day it really ruined the vistas an…the air quality as well, for another, Trinity Lake with the drought was down close to some 200 feet below normal and most artificial lakes like this are seldom picture postcard lovely when their bare sides are showing. On the other hand, this was also the weekend of the ‘super moon’ and I expected to try to capture a shot or two of this event, but again, the smokey skies as well as the terrain really limited my options. So here are some images from this weekend.
Late afternoon in the lake bed with smokey skies looking to launch our kayaks.
Every year or so. I try to attend the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. When I can get up early enough, I try to get to the launch of the ‘dawn patrol’ group (around ‘O’ dark 5am something or other) because the flames from the balloons and lighting (blue hour stuff) of the balloons is – to me – the best photography this event has to offer. Fog and wind can screw up this event but fortunately I’ve been luck more often than not. Here are a few image from the event.
Dawn Patrol with running lights.
About time to finish this story. The final part of our trip was focused on a multi-day visit to Colonial Williamsburg in southern Virginia. We had visited Williamsburg several times in the mid 1980’s when we lived in Maryland. Jocelyn had wanted Kyra to see this amazing town with it’s many historical reenactments. For those that are unfamiliar with the history of it, Williamsburg was for a time the colonial capitol of the 13 colonies and was home to the House of Burgess which was essentially the parliament for the colonies in the mid 18th century. Folks like Tomas Paine, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and Thomas Jefferson, would have known Williamsburg very well. The commanding building and residence there was the Governors Palace (home of the British Governor mind you).
I’ve decided to shorten the name of my blog to simply – TSM-Photograpy. It was headed that way anyway and I’ll be changing my watermark as well. I feel I need to separate my photography from my web design biz. So, as of today. That split has been made.
No change in content or focus of this blog. Just the simpler name.
Friday morning it was time to leave the Washington DC area and head east to Chincoteague Island on the Delmarva peninsula. With my typical dumb luck, while rushing around to load the car, I managed to seriously twist my ankle (for the second time in month) a problem that I’m still recovering from. This injury kept me from being greatly mobile the rest of the trip. Anyway, I still had a great time in spite of this.
Part 2 – Washington DC Day 2
We began our second day in DC heading for the Museum of Natural History. This was always a favorite of our children when we lived in Maryland and upon our return with grandchildren it continued to be a favorite. This time we took the Metro in to town and rode the escalators up out of the depths to the mall again.
In February of this year, our daughter Jocelyn came to us with some news.
“I’m planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this May with Kyra,” she said.
“Great,” we said then she said, “but I need you to come along…”
“Oh?” we said.
Well to make a long story shorter here, the plan was to spend 10 days in the Maryland (MD), Washington, D.C. (DC), and Williamsburg, Virginia (VA) area as an enrichment for our 11 year old granddaughter, Kyra. As we had lived in MD in the 1980’s we were all quire familiar with the destinations although we hadn’t really been back in close to 25 years. So…that started the wheels turning for our visit. Over several months we hatched out a plan to fly from SFO to BWI (Baltimore Washington International airport, my favorite in the DC area) in mid May, get a car, spend about 6 days in the DC area visiting the Mall and museums, travel to Chincoteague Island, VA, then to Williamsburg, VA and depart from Norfolk, VA. Over the next few posts I’ll tell the story of this neat trip. I won’t share all the images I took as these can be found on my Flickr album but…I will show the highlights.
Yet another weekend travel story. In early May of this year, we traveled with our old friends Shari and Dave to the coastal town of Fort Bragg, California, located in Mendocino County. It’s about a 2-hour ride there and the scenery gets better the closer you get to Ft. Bragg. The purpose of the trip was to spend some time with our friends and visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, just south of Ft. Bragg. Although we have visited the Ft. Bragg area many times we’d never gone to these lovely botanical gardens featuring, among other things, numerous varieties of rhododendrons – most of which were in full bloom that weekend. So…after checking into our motel room we headed out for an afternoon stroll through the botanical gardens.