The colors were stunning the day we walked the edge of the ocean at La Jolla.
This was in San Diego somewhere near the Old Town. Screen on the window means no reflections of the photographer but it makes a moire pattern on the photo.
Still the most successful color scheme in history - offering more freedom for more people.
This is not a very good photograph, taken from a moving trolly in San Francisco in the late day but it is one of the hills where Steve McQueen raced the Mustang chasing the Charger. Bullitt (the detective's name not the projectile or the speed of the cars!) is fifty years old next year. Still an amazing chase scene - even with the green VW appearing too many times. Watch the movie.
This is the protected signature of the Pebble Beach conglomerate, so you can't sell or use this image for commercial purposes. (There goes my plan for world domination of the single cypress tree photo industry.) Both it and the drive were a bit of a disappointment. The drive was over stunning scenery but it is crowded with homes and you only get brief glimpses of the shore, the roads are public but they are gated so they charge you to take the famed 17 mile drive. The first portion along the shore leading to the pay road is much nicer. The three or four stops are like the "lone" tree, hyped past the reality. We drove south of there on US 1 toward Big Sur and the views were incomparable. So, if I were to eliminate one thing from the trip is would be this 17 mile drive off Monterey.
This is Route 50 across Nevada. It is nicknamed the "loneliest road in America" and it may be. There is not much but three small - eccentric towns - six mountain ranges and the Great Basin. Two places to buy gas in 283 miles. You don't really care the price. But the scenery, the snowy mountains, are worth the trip. And it leads to Great Basin National Park.
At the Monterey Aquarium you meet creatures you did not know existed except on the pages of Sci-Fi writers. The sea is full of things that glow, pulsate, mimic, wave, swim, float and intimidate. When we read "So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water," the scope of that work doesn't impact you while reading. It seems like God just decided to have fun with this aspect of creation.
Saw this little creature on a walk by the shore just north of Monterey. It was a bit shy and curious and would duck and peek over and over. I don't know what it is, does anyone here?
The Southern California coast - this is near La Jolla.
The submarine ride is still at Disneyland. A "slow-loader" it was taken out at Disneyworld. It is quite well done. Through a porthole window.
We stayed here two days. Very nice. It was cold the night this was taken. There were a few surfers but they were too far away south of where we were.
At Disneyland it is a more elaborate ride than at Disneyworld. Really enjoyed the clever scenery.
Two or three static models and at least two slot cars. He was my favorite driver and this the most elegant of F-1 racers. He was the only American to win in F-1 with his own car he built and as the driver of the same car. He won in 1967 the most dangerous year.
Leo was the side kick of the Cisco Kid. You are officially old if you watched that show!. We stayed two nights in a state park he was instrumental is securing. These flowers are along a hillside trail.
I am always struck by the beauty and orderliness of these military cemeteries. This one on the Pacific Ocean on Point Loma a couple of miles from the Cabrillo Monument is especially beautiful. The breeze off the ocean kept it a perfect temperature. And the contrast between what these men and women were asked to do can't be more stark to the clean lines and order of this place and the chaos of the world they had to engage. Thanks is always inadequate.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
Umbrellas and chairs at the North Carolina Museum of Art. There is no seeming arrangement of the chairs they are just where anyone left them but the umbrellas are fixed. So the chairs are often re-arranged to get in the shade or for the number of people in a group or around a table if they are having a picnic. Feels like life sometime. Chaos but around principles or purpose or reason, maybe unknown?
"For the lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth
and put everything in place.
He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos." Isaiah 45:18 NLT
We met Mike a native of Boston's North End. He was about 50 and he was interested in why I was taking photographs of what he saw everyday. So we chatted and then he started pointing out places he lived and played. We passed this door and he said that was the candy store and "when I got a quarter I went straight here." Sadly it is closed and has been for 20 years but his memory is fresh.
This lighthouse is along the ocean drive in Oregon. Just enchanting scenery. It still works and it is welcome on the often fog bound coast.