The terrain in Costa Rica's mountains is so extreme that suspension bridges from ridge to ridge create "canopy walks" above the treetops in the canyons below. It's like getting a monkey's eye view of the dense jungle. Heavy mist which soak these rain forests, make the experience all the more eerie.
I love taking walks at sunset in the East Bay hills. Sometimes the light is perfect for serene scenes like this, taken at Sibley Volcanic Preserve in Oakland. Cooper, my Australian Cattle Dog was indifferent, but I was happy to share the moment with him anyway. If I try to anticipate a sky like this I'm mostly disappointed, serendipity is often the best way to find these shots.
Normally I stay home over the Memorial Day weekend, but this year Sylvia and I decided to visit the Pinnacles National Monument near Soledad, California. We heard about a bed and breakfast near the West Gate, so there we were. The weather was supposed to be hot, but the coastal fog kept things cool - perfect for hiking and photography.
There was so much hype about this Cinco de Mayo full moon that I had to figure out a way to get some sort of shot as it rises or sets. Using the Photographer's Ephemeris, I found a spot in the Oakland hills which would have a clear view of the rising moon - so here's the shot. It looks much like other full moons I shot so there you have it.
I frequently walk the dog at Serpentine Prairie in Redwood Regional Park, and this spring offered up a few wildflowers to make the journey more memorable. Spring clouds gave me mottled lighting for this scene; and I was hoping for a ray of direct sunlight on the flowers, but alas a tug of the leash pulled me along on my walk.
Julia Morgan designed this chapel at Chapel of the Chimes, in Oakland. I've wanted to shoot this panorama ever since visiting the site at a Summer Solstice event. The Gothic section is quite lovely, and the other more modern areas are interesting as well.
Residents of the Bay Area are spoiled by the wealth of cultural activities available to enjoy. A recent visit to the Asian Art Museum with a knowledgeable guide proved to be fascinating and inspirational. This is a collage of several items I photographed during my tour.
I took this photograph in a museum in San Diego. The lighting was very poor and mono-chromatic. I did manage to produce a reasonably good black and white image but I thought something was still lacking. So I decided to try to hand tint the image; and here's the result. Overall I'm very pleased with the result, and I may try other images which I thought were lost causes.