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Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles 2018  

I will be participating in the Chocolate & Art Show in Los Angeles

February 16-17-2018 

Come join me for a fun night of art, music and CHOCOLATE ! 

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Color Chase ! Since it is officially fall (my favorite season to go out and shoot all the beautiful color nature is creating), I thought I would make a blog post about photographing the colors of autumn. I would like to share a few tricks that I have learned.

Admittedly, we are not living in the prime locations for foliage photography like the Northeast, or the Southeast, or the Midwest. Those are the regions that produce the most striking and vibrant colors. Locally, though, there is still a lot of beautiful color that will happen a little later in the season -- especially up in the Laguna Mountains  you will see bracken fern which turns golden brown and creates a nice contrast against the green forest and in the Cuyamaca State Park you will mostly see black oak trees.

During the autumn months from September to November, the trees start to change in color. The green leaves turn into vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and rich browns. Each type of tree has its own special color, and it can vary from year to year for each individual tree. When the leaves change color, the chlorophyll -- which gives leaves their green color -- begins to break down, allowing for the masked pigments to show up. Every leaf color derives from a unique pigmentation process and its color change varies wildly depending on the right conditions of light and temperature.The colors usually flow from North to South and in colder higher altitude regions, it starts sooner.The colors usually arrive at the coastlines toward the end of fall.  


1. Shoot in Daylight white balance so the colors will not be neutralized as with AWB.

2. Use your RGB histogram instead of the luminosity histogram so you can see if specific channels are clipped and correct as necessary. Find complimentary colors such as reds and greens for example.

3. Good color isn’t enough. Try to find compositions that help the photograph. Look for dominant elements such as one colorful tree, on a plain or some sort of field, vegetation, or a single leaf isolated against a contrasting blue sky.

4.Experiment with a shallow depth of field.

5. Try more unusual and different angles. Go down low or climb up high.

6. Use a zoom or a longer lens and crop in tighter.

7. I especially love the morning light, just before the sun appears and a little while after it has risen, but the late afternoon and evening light is gorgeous as well. An overcast day will bring out the colors even more. These are probably the best times for me, but you can experiment with other types of light as in the middle of the day, or try to backlight your scene and create sunbursts with a small aperture while shooting directly into the sun. This can also add a lot of atmosphere to the shot especially when some sort of mist or haze is present.

8. Don’t let bad weather hold you back from photographing. Often times in autumn it will rain, storm, or even snow. Rain will bring out the colors even more in the foliage and clouds will add to the images. Take advantage of the atmospheric conditions of fall, such as the morning mists that can add mood and atmosphere to the photographs. In windy conditions, try to experiment with motion blur by putting your camera on a tripod and focus on something static such as a tree trunk. Then use a longer shutter speed and have the surrounding vegetation start to create a soft blurry veil around the focal point such as the static tree stumps. This is perfect for creating more impressionistic photographs.

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I have given you some tips that hopefully will help you to go out there and capture some fall colors!

Most important for me, as always is to be present and connect fully with nature. Take a walk through the forest, notice the smell of the foliage, touch the fallen leaves, feel the the different textures of the vegetation, notice the array of colors…Or just sit still and observe for a moment, let the wind blow through your hair, let your eyes gaze softly and see where this takes you. Sometimes one of these moments captures me and that is the one I feel compelled to photograph. I think those are the moments that I connect on a deeper level with what is. 

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Sand Waves


“We all are bundles of electric waves or streams of particles – proton, neutron, and electrons. If a piece of metal can be transformed into electric or magnetic waves, so can a string of sound, a thought, and a desire.”  

- Girdhar Joshi, Some Mistakes Have No Pardon.
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Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles I will be participating in the Chocolate & Art Show in Los Angeles on August 19-20 @ the Vortex.

Come join me for a fun night of art, music and CHOCOLATE ! 



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First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk for March 2016 - Spring Forward in Oceanside Very excited to be showing my landscape photography at Seaside Flowers during the Oceanside Art Walk  on Friday, March 4th 2016 from 5-8pm.

I would love to see you there!

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Sequioa National Park  


" When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe" - John Muir

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Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona  It was only a short hike to the EDGE of Horseshoe bend and when I finally sat downoverlooking the Colorado river,

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" We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong"


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Stormy Skies at Moro Rock OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.” - Maria V. Snyder, Fire Study

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Uncertainty... I finally sat down and processed the photographs from my wonderful road trip with a dear friend. This time my travel focus was not completely on photography, it was more of personal nature, but I photographed most of it anyway :-) I guess, the only difference was the amount of gear I was lugging around everyday. Intentionally, I only packed my EM1 with my Zuiko lens 14-150mm (35mm equivalent 28-300mm). This set up has proven to be great for my travels. While we were driving through the winding mountain roads through Sequoia we had some incredible photogenic weather with dramatic cloud formations, rain, thunderstorms and lots of misty mornings and late afternoons. 



….I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer...

 -Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet 


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"Before there were any Indians, the Legend People, To-when-an-ung-wa, lived in that place. There were many of them. They were of many kinds – birds, animals, lizards and such things, but they looked like people. They were not people. They had power to make themselves look that way. For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad; they did something that was not good, perhaps a fight, perhaps some stole something…. the tale is not clear at this point. Because they were bad, Coyote turned them all into rocks. You can see them in that place now all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding onto others. You can see their faces, with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. The name of that place is Angka-ku-wass-a-wits (red painted faces). This is the story the people tell."

                                                     -Paiute Indian legend


I arrived in the late afternoon on my first day at Bryce. I had been driving all day leaving the valley of fire behind me with lots of wonderful impressions to process. I was eager to finally walk up to the edge of the amphitheater and see with my very own eyes what it is all about. Once I parked my car, I grabbed my equipment and walked over. I wanted to take advantage of the still golden light of the late afternoon. It was much cooler, winter was definitely not over at Bryce, and I had to pull out my cold weather gear to keep warm. When I arrived at the edge of the canyon, I could see that the hoodoos were still partially covered with snow, and it was, of course, crowded with tourists and photographers alike. But, I found a good spot to place my tripod. _JMG9662_3_5_JMG9662_3_5 I took a moment and just stood there and looked…my eyes filled with amazement by the vastness and sheer beauty of this place. I took a deep breath in and despite all the people around me, I felt a stillness and calmness that seemed to consume me. I could hear some voices from some late hikers ascending into the canyon. The snow was melting and the trails were icy and slippery; some people used snowshoes while others just walked very carefully. Part of the canyon was now in shadow and other areas were lit up with golden light. The longer I looked, the more excitement stirred within me. I started to see the different colors in the rocks as the sun started to set, and the hoodoos were showered with the golden light. The lines of pine trees and rock formations in the canyon created all sorts of interesting compositions; the melting snow, still partially covering part of the canyon, was adding interest. Filled with excitement, I framed my first shot. I had spotted a rim covered with snow, which formed a line cutting through the pine trees and rocks. The pine trees, rock formations and the little patches of snow in-between were broken up nicely this way. The sun started to really light up different parts of the canyon in shades of orange. I kept shooting, forgetting everything around me; I couldn't stop…I was mesmerized.  P3130975P3130975OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After the sun finally disappeared and most people left, I noticed that about 10-20 min after the sun had set, the afterglow of the sunset created beautiful colors contrasting with the now blue sky. I had talked earlier with another photographer from the greater area. He said he didn't quite understand why everyone left right after the sun had set. I agreed, as I had just noticed myself how the hoodoos were glowing. Very excitedly, he showed me a close-up of some which were lit up in shades of red surrounded by the cooler light of the blue hour. It was getting late, and my hands started to get really cold. I wasn't ready to leave yet though. I stayed for about another 20 minutes, but at that point it was really time to pack up, rest up, and get ready for the next morning. I had initially thought of camping, but temperatures were still in the high 30’s at night, so I decided to book a room for my stay in the Bryce area. I was looking forward to sleeping in a bed for the night, take a hot shower, and enjoy hot coffee in the morning. It’s funny how when you remove yourself from some of the conveniences of modern life, a cup of hot coffee and a hot shower can become the highlight of your day….well, besides photographing that is :-) _JMG0014_2_3_JMG0014_2_3 The next morning it was very cold; I put on several layers of clothes, gloves, a hat, and a thick scarf. When I walked to the edge of Bryce, through the snow, I could start to feel the penetrating cold. I assembled my tripod and started setting up my camera. SUNRISE was beyond spectacular here. WOW! I forgot about how cold it was, but it didn't cease being amazing once the sun was up. Now, I started to slowly and carefully descend into the canyon. I was surrounded by the sound of melting snow and people shuffling through the icy trails. Once in a while, I heard some chatter from nearby hikers or a bird of prey flying over. The sun started to light up the deeper parts of the canyon. It was getting warmer, and I was able to shed some layers of clothing. Being inside the canyon was a whole different experience.  When I visit a place with my camera I have not been to; it's a little overwhelming at first, because I see a lot of compositions to explore, but I know I have to get over my initial amazement and keep exploring until I’m captured by something that moves me on a deeper level. I allow myself to be open and keep shooting, but most of the time; the moments that truly capture me are those that resonate with me past the first encounter. Sometimes, this does happen at first sight; sometimes it’s during a return visit, and the ones that I missed visit me in my dreams :-) I have said this before, but photographing is like falling in love.



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BEYOND THE LINES POP-UP ART SHOW LOS ANGELES I will be showing my landscape photography at this event and I would love to see you there !




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Basic Tips for Shooting Firework Displays! Independence Day San DiegoIndependence Day San Diego Big Bay Boom - Independence Day 2014

Since we are getting close to Independence day, I thought I would share a few of the things I have learned about shooting fireworks.

  • Scout your location  Think about how you can ground the fireworks and add elements into the frame that reveal your location. This will make your fireworks photographs stand out!
  •  Tripod  The camera needs to be as stable and shake-free as possible.
  •  Cable release   To avoid introducing any sort of shake.
  •  Headlight  In case you are in a place where it is very dark, a headlight will help you to find your way around and keep your hands free.
  •  “Magic black cloth”  I carry a piece of black cloth with me to cover the lens in between fireworks bursts. This will allow you to get multiple bursts into one frame.
  •  Lens choice  Anything from a wide-angle to a mid-telephoto works. It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve. It’s easier to start with a wide-angle lens and then try different lenses.
  •  Manual Mode   I will use the first burst to determine my exposure.
  •  Aperture  start at f/8 – f/16   Again, fireworks are bright, so this will allow me to shoot at smaller apertures and longer shutter speeds. I determine aperture from my first test shot of the first burst.
  •  Low ISO   Fireworks are bright, and you really want to capitalize on the ability to use longer shutter speeds so you can have multiple bursts in one shot.  In between bursts, I will use the magic cloth to cover my lens.
  •  Manual Focus  The first burst is also helping me to set my focus. I will manually focus on the burst and then I lock it. Usually the fireworks are photographed from a distance and shooting at f/8 – f/16 will give enough of a range of acceptable focus.

Let me know if you found these tips helpful. I would love to see some of your shots, and I’m looking forward to capturing this year’s fireworks!

Happy shooting and happy Independence day!

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Monument Valley “Beyond the glittering street was darkness, and beyond the darkness the West. I had to go.”

- Jack Kerouac, On The Road

Monument Valley - Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, Valley of the Rocks

This was my first visit to Monument Valley. I was amazed and awed as I stood in the visitor parking lot, above the valley floor, looking at the massive sandstone buttes. From here, I had spectacular views of the valley's most photographed peaks - East and West Mitten Buttes, and Merrick Butte. Monument Valley is what most of us truly associate with the "American West." There was a slight chill in the air – slightly windy, overcast skies. The following day turned out to be very similar, and I started to wonder if I should pack up and leave. I was experiencing bland skies, and the dust seemed to get into every piece of my equipment. But just then, the clouds began to move, the sky opened up a little, and so I decided to stay another night.  P3180328-EditP3180328-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hopefully, I would experience a better sunrise and sunset the following day. Fortunately, the next day I had better conditions. I thought of hiring a guide and a horse to reach some of the areas that were not accessible without an official Navajo guide, but I then decided to do this on a return trip with more time and better weather. I explored the rest of the valley with my car; the road was steep and uneven and dust kept stirring up as I descended further into the valley's heart. P3170107P3170107OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Passing many of the towering cliffs, red mesas, and spire rocks, I encountered free roaming horses and very friendly shaggy dogs that would come right up at every stop. It seemed they were longing for some human interaction. Now, up close, a lot of the rock formation seemed even more massive, and I felt very small right next to them. I started to become fascinated with the different textures of the rocks, and the changing light kept me driving in circles on this 17 mile loop until it was time for me to leave as the sun started to set. Tired from a day of driving and photographing, I decided to settle down for the night. After another bowl of the delicious vegetarian chili - the food that sustained me on this trip :-) , I started reviewing my images on my laptop only to have my eyes fail on me. That’s when I knew it was time to go to sleep so that I stood a chance of getting up early the next morning to shoot sunrise. _JMG1803_4_5_6_7_JMG1803_4_5_6_7 Not surprisingly, sunrise snuck up on me; the minute my eyes opened, I realized it was already happening. I quickly grabbed my shoes, vest, and hat and started running over to the lookout point. I so wished there would have been time for coffee, but it was too late for that. It wasn't the most spectacular of sunrises, but after two days with no color breaking through the clouds, I was excited to witness this. This is what I had been wanting to see! The mesa was colored in shades of orange, but the sky was still partially covered with clouds which kept moving around. The sun then broke through and lit up the entire valley slowly as it kept rising up. As warm as this looked, my hands were freezing cold and a strong wind had come in. I was trying to stabilize my tripod as I shot, totally enthralled by the sudden change in weather and scene. This experience concluded my visit to Monument Valley, and I moved on to Paria. But, before departing, I got that cup of freshly brewed, hot coffee. Yum!



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Death Valley 2014

"Once again there was the desert, and that only."

- Stephen King, The Gunslinger


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Slot Canyons – A Mesmerizing Hidden World Below The Surface Inside the Canyon

“It is really difficult to describe, with words, what feelings being inside a slot canyon evokes;

it would be like trying to describe how it feels to fall in love. It is something you have to experience for yourself"

- Jennifer Magallon

My recent travels took me to Page, Arizona, where a long time dream of mine came true. I was finally experiencing the beautiful light of the slot canyons. For years, I had been looking at photographs of this region, and I was awe-inspired by them. I knew that one day, I would go and experience it with my own eyes. The canyons are located in the Navajo Nation, just east of Page, Arizona. Upper and lower Antelope Canyons are the most visited slot canyons of the Southwest. Upper Antelope Canyon is known as Tsé bighánílíní – “the place where water runs through rocks” – in the Navajo language; and the Lower Canyon Hazdistazí - “spiral rock arches.” Besides visiting these two canyons, I also visited Rattlesnake, Owl, and Mountain Sheep Canyon, and I highly recommend going to some of the lesser-visited canyons to actually have time to connect and experience the beautiful stillness that can be found within them. The canyons felt very mysterious and spiritual to me, perhaps because of their hidden nature. Entering the canyon reminded me of walking into a place like a big cathedral, a place that will leave you in awe with its beauty and vastness and depth – a place of contemplation and stillness and something that demands respect from every visitor.

Slot canyons are very narrow and usually very deep. They can easily be only 3 feet on top but reach down 100 feet. These magnificent canyons have been created by floodwaters rushing through and sculpting the sand or limestone into beautiful sinuous walls.  _JMG2107_10_11_12-Edit_JMG2107_10_11_12-Edit To me, the soft-to-the-touch sandstone looked like dancing waves, with the light being the water gently flowing through it. I’m amazed how our brain is capable of making sense when presented with random data, and shortly after entering the canyons, I started to see all sorts of shapes in the sandstone formations - like human faces/forms, animals, and all sorts of things. I even saw something that reminded me of a wild, dragon-like creature. Some of the slot canyons merely look like a crack in the earth from up top, but once you are inside, you will be able to witness how the beams of light that enter the canyons throughout the day at different angles create a dance of light and shadow and turn the sandstone into shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue. You cannot visit the canyons without a Navajo guide; I highly recommend going on a tour specifically for photographers. You will have the expert knowledge and guidance and also benefit from the very-necessary crowd control done by your professional guide. 

It will also allow you to have at least a few minutes or more to set up and frame your shot before the next tour enters and it gets tight and busy. At times, it is also very narrow and dark, so I recommend having your camera set up on a tripod, remote control attached and just be ready to shoot! Also, because of the narrowness inside the canyons, don't bring a backpack if you don't have to; it is very crowded, and you will not have a lot of time. Be flexible, patient, and do what you can with what you have. Less gear is really more in this situation. I’m specifically talking about Antelope Canyon; I had no idea it would be as crowded as it was, and I wasn't even there in the peak season. I underexposed all my shots by one full stop, which helped quite a bit - plus I bracketed. Shoot from the shadow! It will take a little bit to get a feel for the light in the canyons, but this will help you to get started. You are trying to photograph the reflected light, which occurs when the sunlight hits a canyon wall and reflects that light onto another wall. This is the light that will produce rich saturated colors. If you only have one camera body, I can share with you that I was the happiest with my wide angle lens 16-35mm - and as my post-shoot analysis in Lightroom revealed, I shot most at 16 mm and 35mm. There were a few shots I would have liked to have a longer lens for, so if you have another body equipped with a mid-range zoom, go for it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Please don't attempt to change lenses in the canyon. Have a filter in front of your lens and keep wiping it often. The sand is very fine and sticky and will be on and in your equipment very fast. Do anything possible to protect your gear. I was advised to buy a bit of putty goo to pick up the remaining sand dust from the body and lens. It worked very well for me - much better than only the brush that I use to wipe off my equipment. 

This was definitely not my last visit to the slot canyons ;-) The dance of shadow and light within the canyons is mesmerizing and kept me engaged and shooting the entire time I was inside. It seemed like a never-ending plethora of possible photographs. I would make my way through the narrow walkways, climb up ladders, and crawl into narrow spaces. Most of the time, my tripod was at its lowest position, and the camera was shooting up, making it very difficult to frame the shot at times. So, the less you carry inside the canyon, the better off you are! 

What really made this visit special was the human connection. My extraordinary guide - he was so kind, modest, and knowledgeable, and he shared so much valuable information with me. He made me understand a lot more about the place than I ever would have learned on my own. Besides being an incredible photographer, he is a studied and talented musician and while we were riding in his car from canyon to canyon, he would play his beautifully composed music for us. In the canyon, he even played the flute. He then shared with us that he only plays his own compositions and when he plays inside the canyons, he feels connected with the place and the people that have once been here but who are no longer with us - he plays for the lost souls in the canyon. We also encountered two small Mohave rattlesnakes in one of the canyons. We were alerted to watch out for them. This was the very first time I was standing in front of a snake in real life; I spotted the first one (to my own amazement since they are surprisingly small). After that initial encounter, I just kept seeing snakes whenever I’d spot a color pattern close to the snake that I had just seen. In the last canyon we visited, our guide told us that he wanted to show us something very special; eager in anticipation of what might be awaiting us around the corner, we followed him inside the canyon. We sat down on a rock and it got really quiet for a moment. We then realized that this was actually the big surprise, so we all chuckled in union, before we leaned into the silence. This less-visited canyon is a place were you can find and connect with complete stillness - something that seems so rare and special in our modern world. I was very thankful to be able to conclude my visit to the canyons with this experience. Thank you!



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VALLEY OF FIRE - SNEAK PEEK ! My first stop during my travels was the "Valley of Fire" in Nevada. The valley received its name from the red sandstone formations, which were created by shifting sand dunes during the dinosaur age about 150 million years ago. There are many beautiful photographs to be found here. My favorite place to photograph was the "Rainbow Vista". After a day of overcast weather, which I used to focus on details and close-ups, the sky finally opened up and the clouds started to move around and create a wonderful all day long light show. Dramatic cloud formations, along with the shadows they cast, can add real depth to your photographs and if the sky happens to be mostly filled with clouds, just about anytime of the day is great for photography. Count your blessings!

Shown below is a moment that resonated strongly with me.




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The waste places of the earth, the barren desserts, the tracts forsaken of men

and given over to loneliness, have a peculiar attraction of their own.

The weird solitude, the great silence, the grim desolation, are the very things

with which every desert wanderer eventually falls in love.

- John C. Van Dyke, The Desert, 1901.

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Tiefenbachklamm, Austria

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RAW San Diego Interview

Artist Interview for RAW San Diego

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Field Work: Nature and Landscape Exhibit "Salton Sea" was selected for the Field Work: Nature and Landscape exhibit at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Juried by Christopher O'Donnell. The opening reception is on January 2, 2015 from 6-8 pm.

The exhibit is on display from 1/1/2015 - 1/20/2015 Salton SeaSalton Sea

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Check out my photography which is decorating the walls at 2GOOD2B in Encinitas! Here are some photos from the installations. While you're there, you have to try a few dishes from their delicious gluten, corn and soy free menu!





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Canyon View In December Standing at the Grand Canyon's South Rim on this cold and cloudy December day was an awe inspiring experience!

With the constantly changing cloud formations, I was treated to a light show extraordinaire.

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November Rain in Sedona

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Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley National Park

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Orange Crush

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One Morning - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley

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Untitled - A Photographic Exhibition One of my photographs was selected for the APA San Diego "Untitled" show. The event takes place on October 25th from 7-10 pm at 3RDSPACE. It is a one night only exhibit including a print auction.

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Fine Lines

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Ripples Desert-2Desert-2 "Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end"

- Scott Adams

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine in Moonlight

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THANK YOU !!! I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that came out to the photo show on Saturday. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had a great time. If any of you are interested in continuing to follow my project blog, "In my footsteps - A photographic journey through the natural world," I encourage you to please do so. I have some exciting adventures coming up, and I will be visiting more SDHC preserves and posting photos from my visits. Remember, many of these areas are not open to the public, so these photos are a sneak peak into the hidden natural world right here in San Diego! You can follow me by subscribing to my blog (click the orange RSS feed button in the right column), liking my Facebook Fan page if you haven't done so already, or following me on Twitter.

Photos from Saturday's event were taken by my friend, the very talented photographer, Albertine, of "Art of Albertine." They will be coming out soon, and I will share them with you. A few of the show pieces are still available and can be viewed at 3RDSPACE by making an appointment with me. Please email me at: or call me at (619) 392-2120 if you are interested in viewing them in person. I can send you the information sheet of what is still available along with a photo of the actual art work. The pieces are discounted and a percentage of the sales will benefit the San Diego Habitat Conservancy. Several people have also asked me if there is a way to purchase my work online. YES, there is: BUY PRINTSIn my online store, the photographs are available in a variety of sizes and finishing options, though at full price.

Overall, the event was a huge success with over 250 people coming together to support a great cause in an awesome space! This 3 hour show took months of planning and would not have been possible without support from the community and many of my best friends. I especially wanted to thank Peter McConnell, the owner of 3RDSPACE, for his incredible support and mentorship. 3RDSPACE Co-working and Club for the Creative is a beautiful place that is very supportive of both its members and the community. If you would like to learn more about it, sign up for the 3RD MONTHLY newsletter. 

I would like to give a big thanks to the GreenGo Grilled Cheese Gastro Truck for coming out. The food was absolutely delicious!  The musical performance by Lightning Starts Fire was fantastic and people kept asking me about Indio the entire night! What a talented and amazing young performer. 

I also wanted to thank APA San DiegoMedium Festival, and MOPA for showing support for emerging local artists. APA has a photo show,"UNTITLED," coming up at 3RDSPACE on October 25, 2014. This is a very exciting event; the showcased photography will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Museum of Photographic Art. Please come on out if you have time. Also, the Medium Festival of Photography is happening right here in San Diego from October 23-26, 2014. I am really excited about attending this year's event! MOPA's current exhibit, "After Ansel Adams," is still on display until September 28, 2014, so make sure to check it out as well.

Again, THANK YOU all for coming out and making this event such a big success. I have some other exciting projects coming up, and I hope to share them with you when the time comes.

Yours, jennifer




]]> (JMag Photography) 3RDSPACE California In my footsteps Landscape Landscape Photography Photo show Photography San Diego Travel events Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:31:34 GMT
Swirls Plants fascinate me, and I love to photograph them. Each one possesses a unique shape and color and pattern, and they all look, feel and smell quite differently. If you take a moment to really slow down and observe the world around you, you will notice these hidden gems in the most unusual of places – inside wall cracks, in potholes, in landfills. I find it completely fascinating how each one manages to thrive and find life in its own little world despite the adversity it may face just to survive. 

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]]> (JMag Photography) Desert In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:45:00 GMT
SDHC Preserve - Woods Valley Ranch Biological Open Space The team at the San Diego Habitat Conservancy began management of a site just north of Escondido in Valley Center, next to the Woods Valley Golf Course, in February 2009. Officially known as the Woods Valley Ranch Biological Open Space Preserve, it represents a very large component in the regional corridor lying along Moosa Creek.This preserve was required to be set aside as mitigation for the golf course construction and was to be revegetated with oak riparian and open water habitats. It consists of 116 acres, with an approximate 40 acres having a steep, predominantly southwest facing slope on the north side of Moosa Creek.It is a beautiful image to behold. With 51 acres of Diegan coastal scrub sage, 44 acres of live oak forest, 13 acres of southern riparian forest, and 4 acres of live oak woodland, one can easily get lost in its serenity.The SDHC conducts quarterly monitoring to plan remedial measures and document changes in the habitat composition. The team also conducts an annual outreach with the Woods Valley Ranch Home Owner’s Association to keep the HOA informed of changes and the general health of the ecosystem.

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Preserve SDHC San Diego Travel USA Valley Woods black and white Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:45:00 GMT
The SDHC Team - Jim Rocks, Habitat Manager Jim, where are you from originally?

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and then spent many years in southern Illinois, including my time in graduate school.

What initially drew you to become involved in the preservation effort?

I was already involved in many projects involving land preservation, but this was my first opportunity to actively manage habitat preserves and be involved in the day-to-day decisions.

When did you join the SDHC team and why did you decide to become a part of this organization?

I joined the organization in 2008 because I knew this was a perfect opportunity to get involved with a growing organization that was going to do great things for land conservation in California.

What is your favorite preserve and why?

Each Preserve has it’s own unique attributes, but I would pick Bridges-Santa Fe Creek for it’s diversity of habitats and sensitive species.

Why is it important to focus efforts on San Diego County specifically?

It’s important to focus on San Diego because it is a ‘biodiversity hotspot’, which means that San Diego County supports an incredible array of plants and animals, but many of those species are declining due to development and other disturbance to native habitats.

What has been the reaction of the children at the local elementary schools you've visited?

We’ve had an amazing reaction from the kids who are truly fascinated with the beauty and diversity of San Diego County many of whom didn’t realize how it positively affects all of us.  They really enjoy seeing the butterfly collection and different tools and gadgets we use as biologists.

If you could share a message with all of San Diego, what would you share?

I would say that while we all appreciate San Diego for it’s beautiful weather and scenery, it has taken (and will continue to take) the interest and effort of all of us to help preserve large areas of open space not just for plants and wildlife, but for our well being too.  Get involved; any level of effort can help from picking up trash, to pulling weeds, to joining SDHC!

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The SDHC Team - Sarah Krejca, Assistant Program Coordinator Where are you from originally?

Chicago, IL

What initially drew you to become involved in the preservation effort?

Growing up I always liked being outdoors and had a love and respect for animals. Although I lived in Chicago, I was lucky enough to live in a home surrounded by oak trees and have parents that took me on hikes during the summers. Once in college, my passion for exploring and conserving our natural resources was only strengthened. The summer after my 2nd year of university, I studied abroad in Kenya where I focused on wildlife management. That experience was life changing and I knew then that my work would ultimately focus on conserving our natural resources in one way or another.

When did you join the SDHC team and why did you decide to become a part of this organization?

I began volunteering in June 2012 and began working part-time in November 2012 and full-time in October 2013. I wanted to find a more rewarding way to leverage my backgrounds in biology and environmental law and my passion for the outdoors with an organization doing work I support. I was looking for a way to get involved specifically with an organization working on land conservation. I happened upon SDHC’s website, saw they were looking for volunteers, and now here I am more than 2 years later. I love the variety of work I get to do and feel lucky that I get to explore places that very few people do. Plus, I work with some very knowledgeable people who are just as passionate about conservation as I am.

 What is your favorite preserve and why?

Bridges & Santa Fe Creek Preserve. All of SDHC’s preserves have something special about them but to me, this preserve really stands out. It is one of the few places that I have visited in southern California that has water (Escondido Creek) running through all year long. Plus, the site is peaceful, rich with a variety of rare and sensitive species, and is a great place for honing my birding skills.

Why is it important to focus efforts on San Diego County specifically?

San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world with nearly 300 rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species, more than ANY comparable land area in the continental U.S.! Yet, it is also subject to ever-increasing development which threatens the longevity and health of the area. Over 94% of native grasslands, 70% of coastal sage scrub habitat, and 97% of vernal pools have been destroyed in San Diego County. We need these native habitats not only for the beauty they provide but also for the value they provide to our ecosystem in ways such as reducing air pollution, aiding in flood and erosion control, improving water quality, and supporting animals that provide natural insect and rodent control.

Additionally, San Diego County has a strong coalition of people and organizations working together towards conserving biodiversity on a regional level and ensuring that there is a coordinated effort to create an interconnected preserve system which is vital to maintaining successful wildlife populations. I believe the success of these efforts will serve as an example to other regions throughout California and the rest of the country.    

What has been the reaction of the children at the local elementary schools you've visited?

I’ve just started joining Jim on the school visits and I have been so motivated by the reactions we’ve received. Overall the kids have been really inquisitive and excited to hear our story. Let’s not forget about the adults! We’ve been so welcomed by the teachers. It’s just a lot of fun and very rewarding to share our love of nature and spread our message of conservation.

If you could share a message with all of San Diego, what would you share?

San Diego County is a beautifully unique part of the world with the ocean, desert, and mountains all within a short drive. It takes all of us working together and respecting the environment to preserve these wonderful resources. Also, studies have shown that people are increasingly disconnected from nature which is resulting in increased rates of obesity, attention disorders, and depression. So let’s get outdoors and encourage our children to do the same!


]]> (JMag Photography) Conservation In my footsteps Landscape Nature Preserve SDHC San Diego San Diego Habitat Conservancy interview Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:45:00 GMT
The SDHC Team - Don Scoles, Executive Director As we near the September 6th show date, I wanted to make a concerted effort to introduce the San Diego Habitat Conservancy team. Today, I’ll start off by introducing the team’s Executive Director, Don Scoles. He is an incredibly passionate man who has chosen to focus his efforts on our local community for the last several years. As he will share below, we live in one of the world’s premier ecological hot spots, and, though he is too modest to admit it, Don has played an integral part in SDHC’s overall success.

Where are you from originally?

Manhattan Beach, California. I came to San Diego to attend San Diego State University and have been here ever since.

What initially drew you to become involved in the preservation effort?

It probably started with my parents’ influence. Camping trips, traveling, and adventures in the outdoors were regular family recreation. Dad was the floura and fauna enthusiast and mom was a good “armchair” historian and archaeologist. It was through them that I learned to really enjoy natural and cultural resources and learned that these open spaces and resources are important and worth conserving. My parents were both teachers who met teaching at an outdoor camp. I have a few of their old outdoor teaching manuals from the 1950s and early 1960s. Now that SDHC is developing our own educational program, I have read many of the old books to see how to introduce and foster interest in the outdoors and natural sciences. The books are entertaining because of the dated language and photos used in the books, but many of the conservation values and education methods presented are relevant and valid today and we will be using them in our program.

When did you join the SDHC team and why did you decide to become a part of this organization?

 I took over as SDHC’s second Executive Director in September 2009. My career prior to joining was as a planner and compliance monitor, so I was familiar with regulatory requirements for mitigation lands and their ultimate preservation. I knew there were long-term managers for the preserved lands, but I did not know the details of how legal protections were applied to the preserved land or the day-to-day operations of management of the land. When I was offered the job, I was excited by the challenge of learning these new details and leading an organization as it grows. I also liked the idea of working for a non-profit, which I had not done before.

What is your favorite preserve and why?

I am going to answer like a proud parent with a lot of children and say, “I love them all equally, but for different reasons.” At Woods Valley Ranch, I am enamored by the tremendous oak groves and rock outcrops, at Lonestar and Vallecitos Ridge I love the vistas, and I like Carlsbad Raceway for its history and for the pleasant surprises we find there as the habitat recovers. I like Emerald Point for its ease of access and being able to show the public how hard and soft engineered solutions can work together in successful habitat restoration in an urban area.  I like Bridges for its sheer size, the perennial stream that flows through it, and the abundance and uniqueness of the species that are there. I am looking forward to Seacliff, a new preserve we will start managing this fall, because it will be our first coastal preserve. I could go on and on…

Why is it important to focus efforts on San Diego County specifically?

When I am asked to speak on behalf of SDHC, I am fond of saying, “If you like conservation, you don’t have to go somewhere exotic to do it, you can practice real conservation right here in San Diego and literally in your backyard.” The San Diego Region is one of the world’s few biodiversity hotspots - areas with a high number of plant and animal species with the habitats experiencing a high degree of threat or loss. San Diego as a county has more plants and animal species than 49 states in our nation. Because San Diego County is a great place to live, development of the region has resulted in the pressures and loss of the habitat that supports the wide number of species. So, unfortunately, San Diego County also has the dubious distinction of having the most endangered species of any county in the entire nation.

 If you could share a message with all of San Diego, what would you share?

Enjoy what’s around you. It’s truly unique, and it does not occur anywhere else in the world. Pull that non-native plant, replace it with a native plant, and enjoy the increased wildlife it attracts. 

]]> (JMag Photography) Conservation In my footsteps Landscape Nature Preserve SDHC San Diego San Diego Habitat Conservancy interview Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:00:00 GMT
Fall In The Gutter Fall in the gutterFall in the gutter

I was walking through the park one autumn day when something happened to catch my attention.  When I glanced down to see what it was, I witnessed an amazing array of texture and color semi-submerged in a puddle of cold rainwater. I was immediately intrigued to see this medley of leaves, and I couldn’t help but look around to see where these beautiful leaves had come from. It’s funny how such can inspire you to more deeply take notice of the world around you. All of a sudden, the yellows and oranges of the surrounding foliage began to jump into my awareness, and the initially imperceptible purples began to call out for my attention. It was such a raw and unexpected experience that my mind began recalling memories from my childhood when I would dig my hands into wet leaves and squeeze them tightly so that they would ooze through my fingertips. I instantly recalled how those very leaves felt and how the cold, wet soil would stick to my hands. It’s amazing how a single captured moment has the power to evoke such visceral emotion.

]]> (JMag Photography) Balboa California Diego Fall In my footsteps Landscape Nature Park San abstract close colors leaves photography up Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:58:27 GMT

]]> (JMag Photography) 3RDSPACE California In my footsteps Nature Photography Photoshow San Diego Travel USA Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:18 GMT
Here Comes The Sun  

Sunrise at Patriarch GroveSunrise at Patriarch Grove "Sunrise in the White Mountains"

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Into the White Mountains

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

- John Muir


]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Inyo County Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA White Mountains black and white Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:32:00 GMT
Joshua Tree _DSC6284_DSC6284Photos from Joshua Tree National Park One of my favorite places to photograph is Joshua Tree National Park. On this day in particular, the clouds came rolling in and brought with them a visually stunning array of weather. But, each time I travel to Joshua Tree NP, I encounter a new and unique aspect that I somehow hadn’t noticed before. It’s that elusive magic that continues to draw me back over and over again. Sometimes, it’s gusts of strong wind that make the vegetation appear as though they are leaning over in sequence or it’s the moon hanging so low that I thought I could touch it, if I only climbed on that boulder up ahead. Sometimes it is the sunlight shining so intensely and at such an angle that the resulting strong shadows create a surreal and otherworldly aura. 

]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Joshua Landscape Nature Photography Travel Tree USA black and white Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:13:45 GMT
The Milky Way Over The Trona Pinnacles _JMG4783-Edit_JMG4783-Edit “all hopes there, so close to each other, are pulled into the void every night; when a band of pale twinkles milking the way
across the divine breadth of sky where every heart belongs. From the poem "The Universe In Blossom” - Munia Khan

]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Landscape Milky Way Nature Night-sky Photography Travel Trona USA Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:27:56 GMT

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA photo show Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:30:00 GMT
Desert Dunes I have been drawn to the desert ever since my first visit to the dunes in July of 2011. It is such a foreign environment to anything I knew while growing up in Germany, which probably explains my intense fascination. I’ve been back several times, and though no one in their right mind ever goes there in July, it is actually the best opportunity to capture the dunes in their most pristine and untouched state. Because of the intense heat (often times reaching in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit), you don’t see the remaining traces of foot or ATV traffic. I arrived that day in the late afternoon, which was perfect to set up a sunset shoot. I stayed overnight and observed a spectacular night sky. The best times for shooting are certainly sunset and sunrise, but I really liked the contrast in this particular shot, which I captured before packing up midmorning. The white sand contrasting with the dark blue sky, its a place of great contrast.


]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA black and white Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
“On the Edge where Earth meets Sky” Earth met sky that day as we climbed in elevation to gain a better view of the valley below.  With steady, labored steps, we made it to the hills edge. The gusts of wind were so strong, but the air cold and fresh. I was bundled in several layers of warm clothing and strapped with many lbs of gear, so I had to take several moments to catch my breath. The wind continued to blow intensely as my face grew flush from the chill. As I regained my center and began to set up the photograph, the valley began to disappear beneath the clouds. I was completely taken by this moment as the earth and sky formed a dramatic symphony of clouds, mountains, hills, shadows, and bushes. I felt immersed within it, as though they were all wrapping around me, preparing to whisk me away. As the wind whipped about on this hill's edge, I felt the moment to be wild and strong.


]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA black and white Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:36:32 GMT
Friday Night Liberty For more information you can scan the QR code or go to the event page on Facebook . I would LOVE to see you there !

]]> (JMag Photography) Art Diego Friday Night Liberty In my footsteps Photography SDHC San Walk Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:54:36 GMT
Fun Run Friday !



"A runner must run with dreams in his heart"

- Emil Zatopek


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Storm In The White Mountains “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 
- Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Storm Travel USA White Mountains black and white Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:03:45 GMT
Amongst The Ancient Trees I just got back from a 4-day photo excursion to the beautiful White Mountains in California. The ancient Bristlecone Trees live up here. While up in the mountains we stayed at the Crooked Creek station at 10,200 feet.

"You just look around, look into the eyes of a child, or into the eyes of your beloved, your mother, your friend - or just feel a tree. Have you ever hugged a tree? Hug a tree, and one day you will come to know that it is not only that you have hugged the tree but that the tree also responds, the tree also hugs you. Then for the first time you will be able to know that the tree is not just the form, it is not just a certain species the botanists talk about, it is an unknown God - so green in your courtyard, so full of flowers in your courtyard, so close to you, beckoning you, calling you again and again."

- Osho

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA White Mountains Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:46:50 GMT
The Grand Canyon Storm at Grand Canyon-EditStorm at Grand Canyon-Edit I got up at 3 a.m that cold December morning to drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. The sunrise was spectacular, but little did I know how big a treat I was in for. I’d checked the weather forecast the night before, but it didn’t say anything about the snowstorm that was rolling in that day. Ten hours into my trip, a heavy snowfall blanketed the roads and highways. Visibility got so bad I barely could see the lane dividers, and I kept swerving around the road at 15mph as I transited the mountain pass back to Sedona - this was an adventure to remember. After the adrenaline stopped pumping through my veins and my heart settled down a bit, I reviewed my photographs. The constantly-morphing light displays created by the clouds had inadvertently allowed me to capture these dramatic canyon photos and reminded me that with its wild and unpredictable power, nature is beautiful. Seeing the Grand Canyon up close made me realize once more how small we all are in the grand scheme of things.


]]> (JMag Photography) Grand Canyon In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:59:45 GMT
Fun Run Friday ! IMG_1898IMG_1898




  “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance,

  it transcends the body. Then a bit further,

  it transcends the mind. A bit further yet,

  and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.”   

  - Kristin Armstrong  
]]> (JMag Photography) In my footsteps fun run friday iPhone running the running diaries Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Traveling to the White Mountains  

I'm on my way to the White Mountains. I can't believe it has already been a year since I was there last... Tonight, I will be at the Trona pinnacles and shoot the night sky. Here are two photos from last years travels.

White Mountains-Bristlecones400White Mountains-Bristlecones400 White Mountains-Bristlecones426White Mountains-Bristlecones426

]]> (JMag Photography) Bristlecones California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Sunrise Travel USA White Mountains Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:06:39 GMT
Loewe's Biological Open Space Preserve in Santee I fell in love with this beautiful place, and I wanted to share one of the photographs from my recent visit to the Loewe's preserve.

What a magical place!  It felt like I was walking through an enchanted forest in the middle of summer….

“Reality lies in the greatest enchantment you have ever experienced.” - Hugo von Hofmannsthal.



]]> (JMag Photography) California Conservation In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography SDHC San Diego Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:16:24 GMT
Salton Sea Sunset Salton Sea 2014Salton Sea

]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Salton Sea Sunset Travel USA Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:30:00 GMT
Sunsets La JollaLa Jolla Every sunset I observe has been different. The sun will find a way to hide in a new and unique fashion, tempting you to capture it, only to duck behind a cloud at the very last second – taunting you to try again. Though the sunset is the inevitable conclusion to each day, it is surprising nonetheless. I never tire of it, and I always have a sense of anticipation about what comes after. What will the sunset bring that night? What won’t it bring? I guess it represents my spirituality in that it is my time of reflection and contemplation. I often sit there, sometimes with my camera, and wonder, “What is this moment trying to tell me ? What have I learned this day ?” 

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Landscape Nature San Diego Sunset Travel USA black and white Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:45:00 GMT
Fun Run Friday !



  "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional"  

  - Haruki Murakami  


]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Quotes running the running diaries Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:37:36 GMT
At The End Of This Day ! _JMG4319_HDR_JMG4319_HDR

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Landscape Mist Nature Photography San Diego Sunset Travel USA black and white Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:12:29 GMT
Sunset in La Jolla March 28, 2013 - Sunset  at Hospital ReefMarch 28, 2013 - Sunset at Hospital Reef

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography San Diego Sunset Travel USA Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:22:27 GMT
Sunrise in Anza Borrego “Morgenstund’ hat Gold im Mund (The early bird catches the worm).

-German proverb

I drove out to Anza Borrego that night at 3 a.m. to make sure I wouldn’t miss the sunrise. Once it came peeking out from behind the horizon, I knew all of my effort was worth it. The sunrise on that fall morning in 2013 was absolutely spectacular. I saw mist hovering inches above the ground, hanging between the trees. The sun rose up and the air was mild and warm, with only the slightest hint of the nights chill remaining. The mountains stood firm in the distance and there was powdery dust clinging to the air. I ventured out into the middle of this field and I was captured by the scene. I love mornings; they mark the beginning of a new day, both literally and metaphorically. I always feel as though each one represents endless possibility and marks the calm before the impending day’s storm of activity.

Anza BorregoAnza Borrego


]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Landscape Mist Nature Photography Travel USA Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:30:00 GMT
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]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal Fireworks In my footsteps Independence Day Photography San Diego USA Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:55:00 GMT
Quick Tips For Shooting Fireworks  

Fireworks SeaworldFireworks Seaworld Since today is July 4th, I thought I would share a few of the things I have learned about shooting fireworks.

  •  Scout your location    Think about how you can ground the fireworks and add elements into the frame that reveal your location. This will make your fireworks photographs stand out!
  •  Tripod   The camera needs to be as stable and shake free as possible.
  •  Cable release   To avoid introducing any sort of shake.
  •  Headlight  In case you are in a place where it is very dark a headlight will help you to find your way around and keep your hands free.
  •  “Magic black cloth” I carry a piece of black cloth with me to cover the lens in between fireworks bursts. This will allow you to get multiple bursts into one frame.
  •  Lens choice  Anything from a wide-angle to a mid-telephoto works. It really depends on the look you try to achieve. It’s easier to start with a wide-angle lens and then try different lenses.
  •  Manual Mode    I will use the first burst to determine my exposure.
  •  Aperture  start at f/8 – f/16   Again, fireworks are bright so using  a smaller aperture will allow me to shoot at lower shutter speeds. I determine aperture from my first test shot of the first burst.
  •  Low ISO   Fireworks are bright and you really want to capitalize on the ability to use longer shutter speeds so you can have multiple bursts in one shot.  In between bursts, I will use the magic cloth to cover my lens.
  •  Manual Focus  The first burst is also helping me to set my focus. I will  manually focus on the burst and then I lock it. Usually the fireworks are photographed from a distance and shooting at f/8 – f/16 will give enough of a range of acceptable focus.

Let me know if you found these tips helpful. I would love to see some of your shots, and I’m looking forward to capturing this year’s fireworks.

Happy shooting and happy Independence day!

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Photography San Diego Travel USA fireworks Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:19:48 GMT
Fun Run Friday !


 'We run, not because we think it is doing us 

  good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help 
 ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, 
  the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom.
  No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that. 
 'The human spirit is indomitable."
- Roger Bannister 
]]> (JMag Photography) In my footsteps Running Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
The Watchman, Zion National Park _JMG9877-Edit_JMG9877-Edit

]]> (JMag Photography) In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Sunset Travel USA Utah Zion Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:45:11 GMT
San Diego Skyline

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal Coronado Ferry landing In my footsteps Nighttime Photography Photography San Diego Skyline Travel USA black and white Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:11:38 GMT
In my footsteps . . . For the last few years, I’ve made it my life’s mission to capture the beauty of the natural world using photography as my medium. I’ve always had an adventurous spirit, and as a young child in Germany, I vividly remember wandering through the grassy fields that surrounded my village, traversing winding streams, climbing through tress, and just being completely enthralled by the outdoors. As I grew older and began to travel more, I developed a deeper appreciation for the many wonders this planet has to offer. I have to admit, though, that no place has piqued my fascination more than the deserts of the Southwestern United States. As I trekked across the shifting sands of the Algodones Dunes, bouldered the many bizarre rock formations of the Alabama Hills, and walked among the beautiful Joshua Trees, I became enamored with the unique geography of this region. It was such a completely foreign environment to what I had ever experienced in Germany, that I felt an immediate and overwhelming desire to explore it. As an extension of that, I also wanted to share what I saw . . . I wanted to convey to others the emotional experience I encountered at that moment in time. I believe if people can connect in this way, then maybe they’ll experience the same sense of allure that I did. Maybe, they’ll also be inspired to help us preserve this amazing planet. The photo show on September 6, will display a cross section of the many beautiful places that I have been fortunate enough to experience over the last few years. Most importantly, I'm aiming to bring awareness to the outstanding local preservation efforts of the San Diego Habitat Conservancy. We will be hosting the SDHC team at the show so that they can talk more about what they’re doing locally here in San Diego county. You can also learn more about their education outreach efforts by checking out the SDHC website my  blog or my Facebook page.

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Mystery Forest Quilnaut Rainforrest-4Quilnaut Rainforrest-4 On a photo adventure in the Quinault Rain Forest, located within the Olympic National Park, I learned firsthand why they call this area ‘the wettest place in the continental United States.’ After a four hour drive into its heart, I spent hours hiking through winding trails experiencing, for myself, this condition known as ‘wet cold’. I can’t quite do the scene justice when I say it was very, very wet. Marble-sized droplets of rain and flurries of disintegrating snowflakes complemented a steady chill of humidity making it a challenge to keep both myself and my camera gear somewhat dry. The entire visage was mysterious, and I felt as though I were a child back in Germany listening to my parents read a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It was late autumn, and the fallen golden leaves and green foliage swirled about as the pouring rain created a rhythmic percussive soundtrack to my experience. I vividly remember the cold mist and the smell of wet vegetation as I tried to take in all of its beauty . . . 

]]> (JMag Photography) In my footsteps Landscape Nature Olympic National Park Photography Quilnault rainforest Travel USA Washington State Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Fun Run Friday ! IMG_6482IMG_6482




"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue.

Your only recourse is to call on your spirit,

which fortunately functions independently of logic"

- Tim Noakes
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Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park Joshua TreeJoshua Tree "Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up.

There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day."

- Rachel Boston


]]> (JMag Photography) California Desert In my footsteps Joshua Tree National Park Landscape Mohave Nature Travel USA Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:54:06 GMT
Oceanside Pier at Sunset

]]> (JMag Photography) Beach California Coastal In my footsteps Landscape Mist Nature Oceanside Photography Pier Summer Sunset Travel USA Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Shooting the Milky Way   "I wonder whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again. . ."  

 - Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, The Little Prince 


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At the end of May, I went to Joshua Tree to photograph the night sky. My goals were to shoot still stars, star trails, and hopefully the Camelopardalids meteor shower that was going on during that time. I am not an expert at this - there are photographers who specialize in this type of photography. For this post, I’ll discuss shooting the Milky Way as my chosen subject in the night sky and share what I have learned so far. I think being proactive in this type of photography is crucial. What I mean by this is that you must know what conditions to expect, arrive early, know how much available night-light there will be, and compose the shot while there is still daylight. It’s not easy to find good compositions in total darkness . . . I speak from personal experience :-)  There is no exact science to nighttime photography, but knowing a few variables and rules beforehand will yield better results faster, and, once you have done it a lot, you will have a more intuitive approach to the whole process - as with everything else we do a lot :-)


  • Camera with capability to shoot in bulb mode, a connector port for an external cable release and RAW shooting capabilities.
  • Fully charged batteries, the long exposures taken at night will require more battery power especially if it is cold where you are.
  • Wide angle, fast lens  at least f/4 but I prefer the fastest lens I can get my hands on for this because it will give me more creative freedom.
  • Cable release/Remote timer
  •  Headlight, flashlight to find our way around in the dark, light painting
  •  Compass comes in handy to find Polaris.
  • My iPhone (I use apps for all sorts of calculations. The Long exposure app a collection of different calculators and cheat sheets very, very helpful, Photographer's Ephemeris.
  • A chair, blanket, food, water, coffee, a friend to keep you company… Bring whatever will keep you awake and comfortable at night :-)
  • AND lots of patience and a desire to experiment!


Hopefully, you have found a pleasing composition, and you have set up your camera and locked your focus before total darkness. Generally, for nighttime photography, forget about your light meter because it’s not going to work in total darkness. In order to determine exposure, I take a high ISO test shot. I check my LCD screen and my histogram to evaluate the high ISO test shot and adjust as necessary. I always strive to get the best exposure in camera and, in this instance, I prefer a slightly brighter exposure because I can always darken the image (but recovering shadows in a very underexposed capture will introduce a lot more noise). I can now compensate the exposure and use my “exposure tripod” consisting of Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISOEvery situation calls for a different approach, and it is as much a creative choice as it is a technical choice for how I use these variables. The exact same exposure will produce different looking photographs depending on which variable I change. Experiment!

 HIGH ISO TEST SHOT  Joshua TreeJoshua Tree

  • Set your camera up on a tripod
  •  Remote control is in place
  • Camera shooting mode set to manual
  • Shoot RAW if your camera has that option it will give you more flexibility in post processing.
  • Use a wide-angle, fast lens (In this instance I used the Nikon 24mm f/1.4)
  • Set aperture to wide open
  • Set Shutter Speed to 30s
  • ISO 1600 – 3200. I usually start with 3200
  • Manually focus on infinity  OR if you have a friend with you who can assist in illuminating the point of critical focus in your composition, do that instead and then lock the focus. Once you took the shot check on your LCD if it is sharp by zooming in to 100 %.
  • Evaluate the exposure by looking at the LCD screen and your camera's histogram. I like to lower the brightness of my LCD just a little when I shoot at night because our eyes adjust to the darkness and you can be fooled by the LCD screen.
  • From here I can  find the equivalent exposure and adjust it as necessary.

Joshua TreeJoshua Tree  SHOOTING THE MILKY WAY 

dark sky without any light pollution is the first requirement in night sky photography. It’s impossible to even see the Milky Way otherwise. The moon also has an effect on its visibility, so it is good to know what phase the moon will be in. The moon travels 28 days around earth. During this time the moon takes on different shapes and its luminosity will change greatly. What is possible to photograph in those varying conditions varies greatly. To shoot the Milky Way, it is best to go out during a new moon. I use the Photographers Ephemeris to find out about the moons exact position. Other atmospheric conditions such as rain, thick cloud covers, humidity, and wind will affect this endeavor and create challenges to be aware of. In some of those conditions, we may have to stay home.Also, the time of year needs to be considered. Here in the northern hemisphere, the Milky Way is best seen during the first half of the year. Depending on where you are located, summer can be very humid and may also create some challenges. You will find the Milky Way in the southern hemisphere of the sky rising from the west. To shoot the Milky Way in the night sky, I set my camera on a very sturdy tripod, in manual mode, shooting in RAW format, auto white balance, remote trigger in place so I do not introduce camera shake, and use a wide-angle lens. I love the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 for this type of photography. I have also heard very good things about the Rokinon 16mm f/2 which is also a very affordable choice; again, the lens choice also depends on the particular creative vision you have, but, generally, a wide lens is a good starting point.

 500 RULE 

Now, in order to capture still stars, we need to be aware that the earth is rotating. In order to get still stars, we need to apply the 500Rule (some use the 600Rule); for ultimate sharpness, though, stick to the 500 Rule. To get sharp, in focus stars, we need to divide 500 by the focal length of the lens being used. For example, in my case, I had a full frame camera crop factor 1.0x  with a fixed 24 mm lens (500x1:24 = 20.83), so I will set my shutter speed at a maximum to 20 sec (if you are working with a crop sensor camera you need to consider that particular factor as well 1.5x, 1.6x etc.). There are many great apps to calculate this with. The one I use has an assortment of camera and lens combinations and will quickly calculate your maximum possible shutter speed for your particular lens/camera combo  Long Exposure Calculators by Ilya Genkin photography.

So, this now makes us realize the challenges we face when shooting still stars, and it is up to us how we are using Aperture or ISO to find a satisfying exposure. Higher ISO will introduce more noise, but too low of an ISO will make the stars appear a little too faint. Different cameras will have different capabilities in shooting in low light and how much noise will be introduced at higher ISO’s. It’s up to the photographer to make that call.  In my next post, next Tuesday, I will write about how I captured star trails.

Joshua TreeJoshua Tree

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Joshua Tree Landscape Milky Way Nature Nighttime Photography Photography Travel USA Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:25:38 GMT
The Vortex During my excursion to the Alabama Hills, I was very fortunate to experience wonderfully shaped clouds which danced in the sky and created dramatic formations in ever-changing light. This occurrence added new elements to the already intense and dramatic landscape and the hills truly became a photographic dream spot. I was in the midst of setting up for a sunset shoot when the serenity started to unravel right before me. The clouds began to swirl and merge behind a rock formation creating this very dramatic moment. I felt so small and insignificant as I watched these elements take shape around me. I was in awe as I captured this powerful earthly display. 

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]]> (JMag Photography) Alabama Hills California Desert Eastern Sierra In my footsteps Landscape Nature Owens Valley Photography Travel USA black and white Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Fun Run Friday !




"I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

-Jesse Owens

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Nature The Running Diaries USA iPhone running Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Vallecitos Ridge Preserve  

VallecitosVallecitos I have been visiting the managed preserves that the team over at the San Diego Habitat Conservancy oversees, and each one has its own unique charm.The personality each exudes is amazing. Recently, I spent some time following Jim (the team's habitat manager) while he was recording the restoration progress at the Vallecitos Ridge Biological Open Space Preserve. VallecitosVallecitos Vallecitos is filled with chaparral and coastal sage scrub and lies nestled within the Vallecitos Ridge residential development project up in the city of San Marcos. The preserve includes 34 acres just north of SR-78, west of  Interstate 15, and northeast of Palomar College and has been under the supervision of SDHC since 2009. Jim tells me that there are several species of interest at the preserve, to include the turkey vulture, the coastal California gnatcatcher, and the rufous-crowned sparrow. Check out the latest SDHC newsletter HABITAT HAPPENINGS !




]]> (JMag Photography) California Conservation In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography SDHC San Diego USA Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:04:04 GMT
Mid week fun !  





Its funny hat Wednesday! When I venture out into the chilly outdoors, I need a hat that screams cool – and keep my ears warm. This was at La Push, Olympic National Park. Show me the best hat pic you got on my JMag photography Facebook page!


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A giraffe is born!

Yesterday, I went to the San Diego Zoo, and, unexpectedly, I stumbled upon a giraffe giving birth. Of course, there was a massive crowd of people watching this event and even the fellow giraffes on the other side of the fence were watching. I tried to capture some photographs of the process, but I was facing many challenges. I’m not the tallest person, so I had to battle with the people in front of me, and I was left with a tiny spot where I had to shoot through a bush and a sign obstructing my view. It was quite challenging and made more difficult by the harsh midday light. BUT, I pushed on anyway. 

A baby giraffe is really a giant! It weighed about 150 lbs and stood six feet tall when it was born. When it dropped out of its mother’s womb, it fell almost 5 feet. What a harsh awakening to life! This was then followed by the calf’s repeated attempts to stand up as quickly as possible in response to its natural instinct to be able to run and survive possible predator attacks in the wild. As I watched this evolution, I really felt for the little one - its long legs were all tangled up and its mother tried to help out by guiding it to a wall and use her legs to give a push. The little one had many unsuccessful attempts, but it didn't give up. Eventually, it was able to stand up. This photo is the very first time the giraffe was able to stand upright, and its mom had just trotted away. What an inspiration!

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps San Diego San Diego Zoo Travel USA Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:58:29 GMT
Where the wise ones live White Mountains-Bristlecones466White Mountains-Bristlecones466 I was fortunate to participate in a photo excursion to the White Mountains in California. The White Mountains are home to the ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees, which are believed to be the oldest living organisms in existence today. Up until the discovery of Prometheus (5,065 years old) the oldest of the pine trees was Methuselah, sitting at an impressive 4,845 years young. Its location remains publicly undisclosed in order to protect it from vandalism, but like its namesake (the biblical figure Methuselah who was reported to have lived for 969 years), it is a reminder of how very temporary we are as humans. I have a tremendous respect for trees, and as I stood there in the presence of these ancient beings, who’ve wisely found shelter nestled away at 12,000 feet from the hustle and bustle of mankind, I realized that I have an obligation to share this story with others. Each tree stands tall and still, some rather lush, others a bit weathered, but all quite shiny and exuberant. Though you can’t quite get a sense of it from the photo, the shine of the bark belies a very rough texture. Each tree had its own unique pattern and shape, not unlike a fingerprint. 


]]> (JMag Photography) Bristlecones California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Travel USA White Mountains Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:07:31 GMT
Fun Run Friday ! IMG_1892IMG_1892




"Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet."

- Doris BrownHeritage

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Running San Diego TheRunningDiaries Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:00:29 GMT

I went out with Sarah a little over two weeks ago to visit a 62 acre preserve in Otay Mesa, which is ju st a stone’s throw away from where I live. It rests about a mile north of Otay Mesa Road, close to the intersection of Lonestar and Harvest Road.The team over at San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) has been managing this site since January 2013 and working to reduce the cover of non-native grasses so that the native plant seed in the soil have a better chance to grow and become established. By doing this, they aim to help provide the indigenous burrowing owls with a better habitat in which to forage and nest successfully.This image from the SDHC website gives an overall sense of the preserve’s size. I returned yesterday to capture more of this amazing area (and to see if I could spot those cute little burrowing owls). I didn’t have any luck with the owls, but as you can see below, the views at Lonestar are amazing.   The trails through the hills provide for somelonestarscenic landscape in southern San Diego county. If you’d like to help protect this amazing area, then you are only a mouse click away! If you shop at AmazonSmile this Father's Day, then 0.5% of all eligible purchases and an extra $5 will be donated to the team at San Diego Habitat Conservancy to support their preservation efforts. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, with the same products, only with the added benefit of supporting local charity and non-profit organizations. Check it out ( Also, if you’d like to bring your classroom into the great outdoors so help this generation of children reconnect with the natural world, just contact Sarah @ and visit their website at!




]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Lonestar Nature Preserve SDHC San Diego Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:07:03 GMT
Lone Cypress I spent most of the 140 miles from Monterey to Morro Rock traveling in a hazy fog. In fact, this term haze sums up the majority of my photographic adventure in July 2013 as I cruised the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Despite the general lack of variety in weather, the blank grey skies were occasionally punctuated by some great, dense fog. The morning I captured this image, my friend/photographer and I had intended to shoot sunrise at a different location. After a 4 am wakeup and 2 hours of crossing our fingers, we left disappointed and pushed on to the famous ‘Lone Cypress.’ This turned out to be a huge stroke of luck because we arrived before anybody was there. Once we got set up, thick patches of fog and mist began sweeping in like waves and the distant rock formations intermittently appeared,  enveloped by the clouds, fading in and out of sight as though they were reaching into the heavens. It felt very peaceful and calm, and there was a moist chill in the air. We left that morning privileged to have witnessed such a special moment in time before the hordes of tourists rolled in. Pacific CoastPacific Coast

]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal Fog In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA black and white Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:59:39 GMT
SDHC Preserve: Bridges

So I went out with Don a little over a week ago to visit an incredible 112 acre preserve in the Rancho Santa Fe community, which runs along Escondido Creek. It forms a contiguous corridor of open space that serves as a core habitat for a lot of wildlife, to include the coastal California gnatcatcher.

Our friends over at San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) have been managing this site since September 2012 and are working to remove several invasive species such as the Giant Reed (Arundo donax) so that the sensitive indigenous plant species such as San Diego goldenstar, San Diego marsh-elder, and San Diego sagewort may once again begin to thrive.This image from the SDHC website gives an overall sense of the preserve’s size. I’ll be making a return visit again soon to share more pictures from Bridges . . . ESPECIALLY if I can capture a picture of those adorable little southern rufous-crowned sparrows!  

Speaking of adorable, I also wanted to share some more imagery from Jim’s presentation at Innovations Academy Charter School. The first grade students were absolutely amazed at the tools Jim brought with him and even more enthusiastic about his adventures observing the local wildlife on the preserves! If you’d like to bring your classroom into the great outdoors, just contact Sarah @ and visit their website at!




]]> (JMag Photography) California Conservation Landscape Nature SDHC San Diego Santa Fe creek USA Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:54:51 GMT
Unveiling Possibilities About a week and a half ago, I went to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph the night sky. It was a great experience. I camped in my car for three days to be able to shoot the sky at night. During the hot days, I would scout out possible shooting locations, mostly trying to take it easy so I could stay awake throughout the night and maximize shooting time. Because of the holiday traffic, I didn't make it to the park before nightfall. Admittedly, it wasn't the best way to start this adventure. I would've ideally liked to have set up before darkness approached and kept shooting into the early morning hours. The first night I also didn't get the clearest of skies, so I decided to take it light, do only a few shots, and get a good night's rest because I'd been driving for several hours. Over the next few days, I was much better prepared and scouted my locations, setting up well before daylight faded away. I captured one image in particular the first night that I wanted to share with you because it felt like a good opening to my "star-filled weekend." I plan to write more this week about my nighttime ventures and share some things I learned.  Joshua TreeJoshua Tree

"Unveiling a Sky full of Possibilities"

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Joshua Tree National Park Landscape Nature Night-sky Stars Travel USA Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:45:54 GMT
Endless Summer Sunset Cliffs BeachSunset Cliffs Beach “Endless Summer”

This was the last day of summer 2013. It was a warm and mild evening as I sat on a knit blanket at the Sunset Cliffs Beach with two of my most favorite things in the world: my camera and my husband. As I looked around, I was completely taken in by this moment: the colors, the clouds, the sailboat in the distance. A group of people were dancing around a small bonfire making music with their guitars - their movements and their notes almost rhythmically aligned with the sound of the crashing waves. I could smell the faintest scent of ash as the wind carried the burning fire our way, and it mixed well with the salt from the ocean and sand. The wind was so warm and gentle that night and its sound so perfect that I just sat there mesmerized by it all. Seconds later, I turned my gaze slightly to the right to witness these two playing in the white water. At this singular moment, I felt that all of these elements somehow began to merge, becoming one. I wanted to visually convey this feeling so I used a very long exposure to allow the elements to literally merge into one another. When I look at this moment, I can still remember the taste of the ocean salt.


]]> (JMag Photography) California Coastal In my footsteps Landscape Photography San Diego Sunset Sunset Cliffs Travel USA Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Mid week fun ! When was the last time you did some proper dancing? I did an awesome break down to ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ while we were at the pinnacles in Trona.Well, I didn't really do that, but this would have been the place to do it :-)  Share your wildest “nature boogies” with the rest of us so I’m not the only one here with a crazy pic!

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my Footsteps Thu, 29 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Making a difference . . . RIGHT HERE in San Diego! Last week, I mentioned an incredible group of people at the San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) who are working to save the local ecosystems right here in San Diego County. Why you ask? Because our county is second only to Hawaii (that’s right, the entire STATE of Hawaii) in containing the greatest diversity of wildlife species in the nation. Our home has a truly unique habitat consisting of coastal tidewater lagoons, freshwater marshes, upland scrub habitat, mountains, and deserts – and the entire team over at SDHC is making it their mission to protect and preserve these ecosystems. How you ask? Besides physically acquiring and managing the preserves, the SDHC team is doing it the old fashioned way: by visiting local schools and showing our students firsthand how important these resources are. In March, Sarah (she was holding the awesome boa last week) and Jim Rocks (the Habitat Manager) spoke with 1st grade students at Innovations Academy Charter School in Scripps Ranch.  They were in the middle of learning about indigenous plants and animals when Jim and Sarah literally brought their studies to life!!! Jim brought in the tools he uses as a field biologist and actual images of the animals he is encountering at the preserves. The kids were absolutely amazed and couldn’t stop asking questions - even the students at Audubon K-8 School in the Lomita Village area still raving from Sarah and Jim’s last visit. SDHC’s educational outreach is expanding to bring area school students out to their preserves to foster an interactive experience and encourage our children to get outdoors more often. Their goal, like mine, is to help people reconnect with the beautiful, natural world that surrounds us all! If you’d like to bring your classroom into the great outdoors, just contact Sarah @ and visit their website at!


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The Desert . . . “I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing.

Yet, through the silence something throbs, and gleams...”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


I sent this message to my husband the first time I visited this amazing place. It came from the heart, unfettered, and without revision. I thought I’d share it with you:

“My ears love the quietness - but even though the desert seems silent, it has a voice. At times the wind will tell me its stories; the sand will accompany it, sometimes gentle, sometimes wild, and sometimes with the faint sound of a cricket chirping.

My eyes admire the vastness of the sand dunes. They make for powerful compositions in a very simple way, but, if you look closer, you realize there’s an infinite deluge of patterns and shapes so complex that it seems not to be true.

The sun circles around, the light changes, and so too does the desert. The sky’s colors change from purple, pink, yellow, and orange to blue, red, tangerine, and violet 

Even though the place feels still, it is in a state of constant change and motion.I can feel the desert - the gentle breeze soothes my face, the sand tickles my skin, and the sun scorches me. I can smell the desert. At first, it seems odorless, but then I begin to smell the dust and the sand that is in  the air. I am all at once intrigued by the desert’s simplicity and calmness, but a little unsettled as well. This is a place where truth can be found.” 

- Jennifer

]]> (JMag Photography) Algodones Dunes California Desert Landscape Nature Photography Travel USA Tue, 27 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT

_JMG3583_4_5_tonemapped-Edit_JMG3583_4_5_tonemapped-Edit “Solace”

While visiting the Alabama Hills as part of a group photography excursion, we decided not only to visit the Manzanar Memorial, but to explore the surrounding landscape photographically. We’d been experiencing stormy weather for a day, with the clouds forming a low hanging ceiling. Rain was intermittent, there was a slight chill in the air, and the feeling was all at once ominous. It was the perfect mix of elements for me, as a photographer, to be a part of. The colors in the vegetation became more vibrant around me as the sky constantly morphed into strange and visually stimulating formations right in front of my eyes. The scene transformed from familiar to otherworldly within a matter of minutes. On our way back to the Alabama Hills I came across this particular moment as my inner explorer prompted me to leave the gravel road where we had stopped the car. I wandered through patches of brush and across a little creek into this open area. It seemed to extend into forever, merging, I must assume, with the mountains, whose tops were only barely visible through the clouds. This moment was eerily tranquil and calm, and I felt the same strange stillness one would experience in the eye of a storm. It felt . . . comforting . . . despite the dramatic weather that would sneak up on us later. I left this moment with a sense of solitude and smallness which I continue to feel every time I look at this image. Solace in Solitude.


]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Manzanar Nature Photography USA Mon, 26 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Fun Run Friday ! March 24, 2013 - Man with hat on the beachMarch 24, 2013 - Man with hat on the beach


Its fun run Friday ! I'm going to share a photo from my running diaries on Instagram.

I go out running most mornings and I usually stop to take a photo of something I see.



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Mid week fun ! If you haven’t been outside to get a breath of fresh air and take a look at this beautiful place, then you need to get up and go now - and don’t forget to share your image with the rest of us on the JMag Photography Facebook page!

Have a great day everybody!

- Jennifer

]]> (JMag Photography) California In my footsteps Landscape Nature Photography USA midweek fun Thu, 22 May 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Impact LOCALLY ! The more time I spend outdoors capturing the beauty of the natural world around me, the more I begin to realize how precious and scarce these amazing wonders really are. I also realized that I don’t have to travel far to find jaw dropping beauty; I have it right here in San Diego county. Whether it’s down along the coastline or the surrounding areas at Otay Lakes, there’s a large amount of untouched habitat that is every bit as beautiful as what I’ve seen elsewhere. I want to help preserve these areas and bring their visual beauty to San Diegans who might not otherwise have the chance to see them.

With this in mind, I’ve made a concerted effort to find a non-profit organization that is working LOCALLY to protect the incredible habitats around our great county. Thanks to some great recommendations, I found the San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC). Based out of Liberty Station, their team has been working since 2000 to acquire, manage, and protect the sensitive habitats necessary for native species to survive and thrive. After an initial meeting with their Executive Director, Don Scoles, and their Assistant Program Coordinator, Sarah Krejca, I am convinced that this team is committed to making a difference!

Every week, I’m going to help highlight what Don, Sarah, and the SDHC Team are doing with their education and outreach programs to help protect the local environment and bring awareness to their cause. I’m also going to visit their preserves so that you can see with your own eyes the beauty and marvel of the ecosystems that lie just outside the city limits. 

I hope you’ll join me by visiting their website at: and liking their FACEBOOK page at San Diego Habitat Conservancy. A small click of the button can help make a HUGE difference!


]]> (JMag Photography) California Landscape Nature SDHC San Diego USA habitat, conservancy, environment, Wed, 21 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT
“Follow the Light . . .” IMG_0340IMG_0340

With a passion for exploring and a deep respect for the natural world, it was inevitable that, at some point in my life, I’d start traveling and collecting impressions. I am fueled by nature’s beauty, and I have an incessant hunger to capture it and transform that beauty into a medium for others to share. I believe strongly in conservation and, ultimately, want others to have the opportunity to experience the same emotions I felt as I stood there . . . surrounded by complete vastness. It’s hard to verbally translate the feelings that stir within me when I’m out in the field, so I hope that these frozen moments of time awaken the same sense of awe and wonder in those that look upon them. I hope, too, that people are equally moved to protect our natural world and its amazing treasures. 

- Jennifer

]]> (JMag Photography) Algodones Dunes California Desert Dunes In my footsteps Landscape Nature Travel USA Tue, 20 May 2014 06:50:00 GMT
Adventures in Nature - The Subway at Zion National Park _JMG9745_HDR_JMG9745_HDR _JMG9764_HDR_JMG9764_HDR _JMG9767_HDR_JMG9767_HDR

]]> (JMag Photography) Subway USA Utah Zion Zion National Park hiking landscape nature outdoors travel Thu, 01 May 2014 17:16:06 GMT
Urban Explorations - San Diego Library _JMG5649-Edit-2_JMG5649-Edit-2

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Adventures in Nature - Yosemite National Park Bridal Veil Fall at Tunnel ViewBridal Veil Fall at Tunnel View I remember how I drove through the dark tunnel that day doing the "tunnel scream" with my photo down, wind blowing into our faces, full of anticipation for what lied ahead. Then there it was - the famous tunnel view, with it a parking lot full of spectators and photographers. The place felt mystical, and I could smell the soft mist that was hovering above the trees with the sound of distant running water from Bridal Veil Fall. It made me forget about the many other people, cars, and tripods for a momentjust a moment. I felt "present" in my pursuit of this image. The place felt magical and will always be one I treasure.

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Calla Lilies _JMG1988-Edit-Edit_JMG1988

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Hold On ! _JMG8167-Edit_JMG8167-Edit

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Urban Explorations - Hidden Worlds _JMG1051_JMG1051

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Adventures in Nature - Into the Narrows, Zion National Park _JMG9257-Edit_JMG9257-Edit

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Adventures in Nature - Sunset at the Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park _JMG6426_HDR_JMG6426_HDR

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Adventures in Nature - The Watchman lit by the Moon The Watchman lit by MoonlightThe Watchman lit by Moonlight

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Travel Treasures - Fishing Boat in Varel, Germany _JMG7566-Edit_JMG7566-Edit

Varel is a small town located at the shallow Jade bay. Centuries ago a large bay was formed by storm waters that flooded the

area. In order to protect the surrounding land dykes were built. Nowadays the shores are protected

as part of the Wadden Sea National Park.

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Travel Treasures - The Living Ghost Town DSC_3060DSC_3060

Randsburg, California - The living ghost town.

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Adventures in Nature - Sedona _JMG2899_HDR-Edit2_JMG2899_HDR-Edit2 View from the top of Cathedral Rock Trail

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East Jesus East JesusEast Jesus

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Urban Explorations - Getty Center Getty 2014Getty 2014

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Salvation Mountain  

A few photographs from my recent trip to Salvation Mountain. I have visited the Salton Sea area a few times, and it has become somewhat of a tradition for me to visit the last weekend in January. A lot has changed since my first visit in 2011 but much has also remained the same. 

Salvation Mountain 2014Salvation Mountain 2014

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Urban Explorations - North Park

I started urban explorations last year with a friend and  its been very fun to explore San Diego with our cameras.

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Adventures in Nature - At the Grand Canyon _JMG4210_HDR-Edit_JMG4210_HDR-Edit

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Exploring the City - Sunset in San Diego _JMG2698-Edit_JMG2698-Edit

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365 Project - Day 360 December 26, 2013 Dog in Little ItalyDecember 26, 2013 Dog in Little Italy


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365 Project - Day 356 December 22, 2013 Bye Bye SedonaDecember 22, 2013 Bye Bye Sedona

Leaving Sedona 

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365 Project - Day 355 December 21, 2013 - Morning MistDecember 21, 2013 - Morning Mist

Rainy/ Misty Morning in Sedona

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365 Project - Day 354 December 20, 2013 - Rainy day in sedonaDecember 20, 2013 - Rainy day in sedona

Rainy day in Sedona

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365 Project - Day 353 December 19, 2013 - Sunrise Grand CanyonDecember 19, 2013 - Sunrise Grand Canyon

Sunrise at Mather Point, Grand Canyon

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365 Project - Day 352 Devils BridgeDevils Bridge

Devil's Bridge

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365 Project - Day 351 December 17, 2013 - Devil's Kitchen SinkholeDecember 17, 2013 - Devil's Kitchen Sinkhole

Devil's Kitchen Sinkhole

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365 Project - Day 350 Sedona Cathedral Rock TrailSedona Cathedral Rock Trail

First hike on Cathedral Rock trail

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365 Project - Day 349 December 15, 2013 - Arrival in SedonaDecember 15, 2013 - Arrival in Sedona

Arriving in Sedona after traveling all day

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365 Project - Day 348 December 14, 2013  Strong ManDecember 14, 2013 Strong Man

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365 Project - Day 347 December 13, 2013 - Palm TreeDecember 13, 2013 - Palm Tree

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365 Project - Day 346 December 12, 2013December 12, 2013

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365 Project - Day 345 December 11, 2013December 11, 2013

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365 Project - Day 344 December 10, 2013December 10, 2013


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365 Project - Day 343 December 9, 2013December 9, 2013

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365 Project - Day 342 December 8, 2013December 8, 2013

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365 Project - Day 341 December 6,2013December 6,2013

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365 Project - Day 340 December 7, 2013December 7, 2013

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365 Project - Day 339 December 5, 2013December 5, 2013

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365 Project - Day 337 December 3, 2013December 3, 2013

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Adventures in Nature - Near Otay Lakes Early Morning at Otay LakesEarly Morning at Otay Lakes

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Adventures in Nature - Sunset at Font's Point _JMG2224-Edit_JMG2224-Edit Sunset at Font's Point in Anza Borrego

On my first 4x4 experience in the Anza Borrego desert, I was very fortunate to witness an amazing sunset.The light show had already started when I arrived at Font's Point, so I had to quickly set up and start shooting. The air was very dusty, but nevertheless, I was awestruck by the explosion of colors in the sky.

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365 Project - Day 335 December 1, 2013 - Sunrise at Otay LakesDecember 1, 2013 - Sunrise at Otay Lakes

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365 Project - Day 334 November 30, 2013 - Pumpkin Patch_November 30, 2013 - Pumpkin Patch_

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365 Project - Day 333 November 29,2013-Mount MiguelNovember 29,2013-Mount Miguel

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365 Project - Day 332 November 28, 2013_November 28, 2013_ Happy Thanksgiving !

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365 Project - Day 331 November 27, 2013November 27, 2013

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The Flamingo _JMG0819_JMG0819

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Adventures in Nature - A Morning in Anza Borrego _JMG1379-Edit_JMG1379-Edit

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365 Project - Day 330 November 26, 2013November 26, 2013

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365 Project - Day 329 November 25, 2013 - Little ItalyNovember 25, 2013 - Little Italy

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Adventures in Nature - Sunrise in Anza Borrego _JMG1362_JMG1362

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365 Project - Day 328 November 24, 2013 - Reflective DayNovember 24, 2013 - Reflective Day

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365 Project - Day 327 Standing StrongStanding Strong Standing Strong

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365 Project - Day 326 November 22, 2013 - The LightningNovember 22, 2013 - The Lightning

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365 Project - Day 325 November 21, 2013_November 21, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 324 November 20, 2013November 20, 2013

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365 Project - Day 323 November 19, 2013November 19, 2013

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365 Project - Day 322 Novemeber 18, 2013Novemeber 18, 2013

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365 Project - Day 321 November 17, 2013November 17, 2013

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Cityscapes - San Diego _JMG0665-Edit_JMG0665-Edit

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Moon MoonMoon

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365 Project - Day 320 November 16, 2013 - San Diego SkylineNovember 16, 2013 - San Diego Skyline

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365 Project - Day 319 Novemeber 15, 2013_Novemeber 15, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 318 Novemeber 14, 2013Novemeber 14, 2013

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Aventures in Nature - Sunrise in the White Mountains  

White Mountains-Bristlecones438-Edit-2White Mountains-Bristlecones438-Edit-2

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365 Project - Day 317 November 13, 2013 - BacklitNovember 13, 2013 - Backlit

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Retrospective - Sunset in the Mountains  

Sunset in the MountainsSunset in the Mountains

Sunset in the Mountains, November 2011 

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Adventures in Nature - Fall Colors in the Mountains _JMG0063-Edit_JMG0063-Edit

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365 Project - Day 316 November 12, 2013 - Fall FeelingsNovember 12, 2013 - Fall Feelings

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Adventures in Nature - Laguna Mountains _JMG0606x3_JMG0606x3

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Adventures in Nature _JMG0628-Edit_JMG0628-Edit


Deer at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park 


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365 Project - Day 315 November 11, 2013November 11, 2013

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365 Project - Day 314 November 10, 2013 - Fall colorsNovember 10, 2013 - Fall colors

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365 Project - Day 313 November 9, 2013_November 9, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 312 November 8, 2013 TrashNovember 8, 2013 Trash

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365 Project - Day 311 November 7, 2013 - Little scare crow_November 7, 2013 - Little scare crow_

Don't be scared :-) 

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365 Project - Day 310 November 6, 2013 - Kity mustacheNovember 6, 2013 - Kity mustache

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365 Project - Day 309  

November 5, 2013On a quest to find fall colors in the eastern San Diego area

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365 Project - Day 308 November 4, 2013_November 4, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 307 November 3, 2013_November 3, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 306 November 2, 2013_November 2, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 305 November 1,2013November 1,2013

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365 Project - Day 304 My edit for this day! Happy Halloween :-) 

October 31, 2013 halloween card frameOctober 31, 2013 halloween card frame


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365 Project - Day 303 October 30, 2013October 30, 2013

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365 Project - Day 302 October 29, 2013 - Rainy MorningOctober 29, 2013 - Rainy Morning

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365 Project - Day 301 October 27, 2013 Rain cloudsOctober 27, 2013 Rain clouds

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365 Project - Day 300 October 21, 2013 - Branch OutOctober 21, 2013 - Branch Out

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365 Project - Day 299 October 26, 2013_October 26, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 298 October 25, 2013October 25, 2013

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365 Project - Day 297 October 24, 2013_October 24, 2013_

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365 Project Day 296 October 23, 2013October 23, 2013

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365 Project - Day 295 October 22, 2013 Acorn squashOctober 22, 2013 Acorn squash

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365 Project - Day 293 October 20, 2013_October 20, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 291 October 18October 18

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365 Project - Day 289 October 16, 2013_October 16, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 288 October 15, 2013October 15, 2013

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365 Project - Day 287 October 14, 2013 coming homeOctober 14, 2013 coming home

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365 Project - Day 286 October 13, 2013 - AmsterdamOctober 13, 2013 - Amsterdam

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365 Project - Day 285 October 12, 2013 AmsterdamOctober 12, 2013 Amsterdam

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365 Project - Day 284 October 11, 2013 JadeOctober 11, 2013 Jade

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365 Project - Day 283 October 10, 2013 - JadeOctober 10, 2013 - Jade

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365 Project - Day 282 October 9, 2013 - Sheep shedOctober 9, 2013 - Sheep shed

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365 Project - Day 281 October 8, 2013 - DangastOctober 8, 2013 - Dangast

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365 Project - Day 280 October 7, 2013 - OldenburgOctober 7, 2013 - Oldenburg

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365 Project - Day 279 October 6, 2013 - NorderneyOctober 6, 2013 - Norderney Norderney

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365 Project - Day 278 October 5, 2013 - Vareler hafenOctober 5, 2013 - Vareler hafen Vareler Hafen 

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365 Project - Day 277 October 4, 2013October 4, 2013

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365 Project - Day 276 October 3, 2013_October 3, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 275 October 2, 2013 - AmsterdamOctober 2, 2013 - Amsterdam

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365 Project - Day 274 Oktober 1,2013Oktober 1,2013

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365 Project - Day 273 September 30, 2013 - PumpkinsSeptember 30, 2013 - Pumpkins

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365 Project - Day 272 September 29,2013September 29,2013

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365 Project - Day 271 September 28, 2013 - Eye SightSeptember 28, 2013 - Eye Sight

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365 Project - Day 270 September 27, 2013 - Soap BubblesSeptember 27, 2013 - Soap Bubbles

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365 Project - Day 269 September 26, 2013 - BubblesSeptember 26, 2013 - Bubbles

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365 Project - Day 268 September 25, 2013 -_September 25, 2013 -_

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365 Project - Day 267 September 24, 2013 - At the FountainSeptember 24, 2013 - At the FountainAt The Fountain At the fountain 

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365 Project - Day 266 September 23, 2013 - A lock_September 23, 2013 - A lock_

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The love bird _JMG5548a_JMG5548a I fell in love with the love bird on my photo walk :-) 

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365 Project - Day 265 September 22, 2013_September 22, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 264 September 21, 2013 - San Diego Public LibrarySeptember 21, 2013 - San Diego Public Library

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365 Project - Day 263 September 20, 2013_September 20, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 262  

September 19, 2013 - backlit leaveSeptember 19, 2013 - backlit leave


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365 Project - Day 261 September 18, 2013 - Las VegasSeptember 18, 2013 - Las Vegas

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365 Project - Day 260 September 17, 2013 - Las VegasSeptember 17, 2013 - Las Vegas

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365 Project - Day 259 September 16, 2013 - Morning at the TidepoolsSeptember 16, 2013 - Tidepool

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365 Project - Day 258 September 15, 2013 _ flower petal_September 15, 2013 _ flower petal_

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365 Project - Day 257 September 14, 2013 - DuckSeptember 14, 2013 - Duck

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365 Project - Day 256 September 13, 2013September 13, 2013

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The Cookie Monster Cookie Monster

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365 Project - Day 255 September 12, 2013 - Butterflies

Snap of the day: Chasing Butterflies 


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365 Project - Day 254 September 11, 2013 - Backlit leave

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365 Project - Day 253 September 10, 2013 - Summer is ending

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365 Project - Day 252 September 9, 2013 - Blue Door

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365 Project - Day 251 September 8,2013 color lines

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365 Project - Day 250 September 7, 2013 Cat Eye

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365 Project - Day 249 September 6, 2013 - Vintage Flower

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365 Project - Day 248 September 5, 2013 - Le Lemon

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365 Project - Day 247 September 4, 2013

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365 Project - Day 246 September 3, 2013 - Leek_

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365 Project - Day 245 September 2, 2013 - Leves_

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365 Project - Day 244 September 1, 2013 - Dew on leaves_

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365 Project - Day 243 August 31, 2013 - Reflection

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365 Project - Day 242 August 30, 2013 - Into Color

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365 Project - Day 241 August 29, 2013 - Rose

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365 Project - Day 240 August 28, 2013 - Otay Lakes

Hipstamatic photo from my bike ride around lower Otay Lakes today

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365 Project - Day 239 August 27, 2013 Balboa Park_

Hipstamatic in the park today


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365 Project - Day 238 August 26, 2013 - Illumination_

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365 Project - Day 237 August 25, 2013 - Balboa Park_

Balboa Park

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365 Project - Day 236 August 24, 2013 - Water droplet

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365 Project - Day 235  

August 23, 2013 Orange Splash

Orange Splash 


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365 Project - Day 234 August 22, 2013 Water droplet86

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365 Project - Day 233 August 21, 2013 - Early Sunlight

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365 Project - Day 232 August 20, 2013 - Dust and Water

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365 Project - Day 231 August 19, 2013 - Balalboa Park137

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365 Project - Day 230 August 18, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 228 August 15, 2013 - Solitude

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365 Project - Day 226 August 14, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 225 August 13,, 2013 - Balalboa Park216

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365 Project - Day 224 August 12, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 223 August 11, 2013 - Balalboa Park15

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365 Project - Day 222 August 10, 2013 Balalboa Park178

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365 Project - Day 221 August 9, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 220 August 8, 2013 Balalboa Park128

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365 Project - Day 219 August 7, 2013 - Balalboa Park60

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365 Project - Day 218 Auust 6, 2013 - -Balalboa Park153

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365 Project - 217 August 5, 2013 Balalboa Park151

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365 Project - Day 216 August 2, 2013 Food8

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365 Project - Day 215 August 4, 2013 Balalboa Park83

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365 Project - Day 214 Spider web

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365 Project - Day 213 August 1, 2013 - Misty and Max10


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Pacific Coast Highway Travel PCH2013387-Edit

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365 Project - Day 212 July 31, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 211 July 30, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 210 July 29, 2013_

"Max the cat"

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Amongst the Trees White Mountains-Bristlecones18

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In the White Mountains  

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"The Ghostly Owl Tree Stump"

Sunrise at Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains


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365 Project - Day 209 July 28, 2013_

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Pacific Coast Highway Travel PCH20131499

One of the Impressions from my 3 day travel along the Pacific Coast from Monterey to Morro Bay.

I encountered a lot of thick fog and mist, but on this one morning, the sun was able to break

through the fog intermittently and a very dramatic scene unraveled before my eyes. 

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365 Project - Day 208 July 27, 2013_

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Ancient Bristlecone Trees White Mountains-Bristlecones466

Impression from my recent trip to a magical place in the White Mountains which is home to the ancient Bristlecone trees.

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365 Project - Day 207 July 26, 2013

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365 Project - Day 206 July 25, 2013

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365 Project - Day 205 July 24, 2013 PCH20132174

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365 Project - Day 204 July 23, 2013 - PCH20131819

At Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP on a foggy day

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365 Project - Day 203 July 22, 2013 - PCH20131066

Foggy day in Point Lobos 

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365 Project - Day 202 July 21, 2013 PCH201374

Mission in Carmel 

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365 Project - Day 201 July 20, 2013 - ComicCon2013 Zombiewalk60

Zombie Walk 

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365 Project - Day 200 July 19, 2013_

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Hiking in the Laguna Mountains Mount Laguna126

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365 Project - Day 199 July 18, 2013

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365 Project - Day 198 July 17, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 197 July 16, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 196 July 15, 2013 - LIB 2013113

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365 Project - Day 195 July 14, 2013 - LIB 2013264

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365 Project - Day 194 July 13, 2013 - LIB 2013124

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365 project - Day 193 July 12, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 192 JUly 11, 2013

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365 Project - Day 191 July 10, 2013_

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Retrospective - Cabinet of Curiosities Curiosity Shop

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365 Project - Day 190 July 9, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 189 July 8, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 188  

July 7, 2013 - Costume Run Costume Run San Diego

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365 Project - Day 187 July 6, 2013 Beachside Curiosities

Beachside Curiosities

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365 Project - Day 186 July 5, 2013 - Leave

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365 Project - Day 185 July 4, 2013 - Independence Day

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365 Project - Day 184 July 3, 2013 - Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Retrospective - Renaissance Fair Irvingdale 2011 Renaissance Fair Irvingdale, CA 2011

Beautiful Stranger

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365 Project - Day 183 July 2, 2013 - Dazzle

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365 Project - Day 182 July 1, 2013 - White Mountains-Bristlecones525


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365 Project - Day 181 June 30, 2013 - White Mountains-Bristlecones477

Morning Light at Patriarch Grove

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365 Project - Day 180 June 29, 2013 - White Mountains-Bristlecones221

Patriarch Grove, White Mountains

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365 Project - Day 179 June 28, 2013 - White Mountains-Bristlecones111

Starry Night

Patriarch Grove, White Mountains

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365 Project - Day 178 June 27, 2013

Sunset in the Alabama Hills

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Retrospective - Pride San Diego 2011 IN SYNC

"In Sync"


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365 Project - Day 177 June 26, 2013

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Retrospective - NYC Big City Jungle

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365 Project - Day 176 June 25, 2013

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365 Project - Day 175 June 24, 2013_

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Retrospective - Early Morning in Vancouver Morning Coffee in Vancouver, Canada

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365 Project - Day 174 Mount Laguna165

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365 Project - Day 173 June 22, 2013

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Retrospective - Algodones Dunes 2011 Algodones Dunes

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365 Project - Day 172 June 21, 2013

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Retrospective - Comic Con 2011 Little Zombie

Little Zombie - Comic Con 2011

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365 Project - Day 171 June 20, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 170 June 19, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 169 June 18, 2013

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365 Project - Day 168 June 17, 2013

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365 Project - Day 167 June 16, 2013

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Retrospective - On Display On Display


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365 Project - Day 166 June 15, 2013

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365 Project - Day 165 June 14, 2013_

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Retrospective - SAM SAM


The Hammering Man was installed at the entrance of the downtown Seattle art museum by the Seattle Art commission in 1992 as part of the City of Seattle's public art program 


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365 Project - Day 164 June 13, 2013

Growing Grass

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Retrospective - NYC Rain While exploring New York City, I was presented with very rainy and windy conditions. My photo trip then evolved into something else entirely different. I started to see the chaos this weather created people crossing the street with their umbrellas, to stay dry, not seeing, not paying attention to cars. I witnessed cars and buses trying to get through the masses of people, and the wind seemingly blowing through their umbrellas..

NYC in the Rain

NYC Rain 

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365 Project - Day 163 June 12, 2013

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365 Project - Day 162 June 11, 2013

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365 Project - Day 161 June 10, 2013

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365 Project - Day 160 June 9, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 159 June 8, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 158 June 7, 2013_

"Drained Out"

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365 Project - Day 157 June 6, 2013_

Breaking the Mold !

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365 Project - Day 156 June 5, 2013

Today is my birthday,  and as I stepped onto my balcony this morning I noticed that the Amaryllis

(a dear friend left me a few years ago) which was still a bud yesterday is in full bloom today!

What a great birthday gift! Feeling very grateful and blessed :-)

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365 Project - Day 155 June 4, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 154 June 3, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 153 June 2, 2013 - Rock'n'Roll marathon

The only photo I took on the day I ran the marathon


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365 Project - Day 152 June 1, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 151 May 31, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 150 May 30, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 149 May 29, 2013_

Fishin' Around :-) 

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A Cloudy Day  

Cloudy Day

Walking along the San Diego waterfront on a cloudy late afternoon

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365 Project - Day 148 May 28, 2013

First time cooking "palak paneer" myself and it turned out good !

I have to thank my friend Nathalie for the spice collection

which really came in handy today :-)

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365 Project - Day 147 May 27, 2013

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Joshua Tree National Park _DSC6350

Photos from 2 short weekend/overnight photo outings in Joshua Tree. On the first weekend trip I was leaving on a Saturday at midmorning making the drive from San Diego in 3 1/2 hours, arriving just in time for a late afternoon and sunset shoot. As my friend and I are setting up our tent, a layer of clouds rolled in, defusing the still strong sunlight and making for perfect conditions to get some nice photographs of the trees and plants before sunset. I intended to shoot the night sky because Joshua Tree has still very dark areas with little light pollution. Unfortunately, a very strong wind started to develop and there was absolutely no way to do very long exposures. This meant  I would have to come back another time to shoot the night sky. The sunset was spectacular with vivid bright colors. The next day developed into a grey overcast day, but with many clouds in the sky which brought an interesting element to the shoot. The second trip was 3 weeks later and it was a very sunny weekend with clear skies and a full moon. Totally different conditions to photograph in. 


Photographs from my Excursion to Joshua Tree National Park 

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Taking a Stroll Strolling around the City

 I strolled around the city with a friend and my camera

in search of the new in the familiar.


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365 Project - Day 146 Morning Magic

What a beautiful, quiet and serene morning in Joshua Tree National Park!

I got up early and sat on a rock and watched the sun rise and the moon slowly set .

Life is beautiful :-)


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365 Project - Day 145 Rock_

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365 Project - Day 144 May 24,, 2013_

Full Moon in Joshua Tree

This is a late post because I spent my whole weekend in Joshua Tree with no Internet connection.

It was very refreshing to get away from it all and just relax and enjoy natures beauty.

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365 Project - Day 143 May 23, 2013

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365 Project - Day 142 May 22, 2013 - cooking

Chopping the veggies (not the cat) 

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365 Project - Day 141 May 21, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 140 May 20, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 139 May 19, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 138 May 18, 2013

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365 Project - Day 137 May 17, 2013 - Lilie

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365 Project - Day 136 May 16, 2013 Wall find

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365 Project - Day 135 May 15, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 134 May 14, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 133 May 13, 2013 Fighter


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365 Project Day 132 May 12, 2013 - Dance Dance Dance

Dancing at the Zydeco Blues and Crawfish Festival 

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365 Project - Day 131 May 11, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 130 May 10, 2013 - Flower Walk_


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365 Project - Day 129 May 9, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 128 May 8, 2013 - Spruce street suspension bridge_

"Spruce Street Suspension Bridge"

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365 Project - Day 127 May 7, 2013 - Orange and green

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365 Project - Day 126 May 6, 2013 - upside down

Another way of looking at things 


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365 Project - Day 125 May 5, 2013 - Joshua Tree Sunrise

Watching the sunrise in Joshua Tree 

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365 Project - Day 124 May 4, 2013 - Joshua Tree - Sunset

Watching the sunset in Joshua Tree 
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365 Project - Day 123 May 3, 2013 The Seagull

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365 Project - Day 122  

May 2, 2013 - Palm Tree Silhouette

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365 Project - Day 121 May 1, 2013 - screen shot


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365 Project - Day 120 April 30, 2013 - Staircase

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365 Project - Day 119 April 29, 2013 - Untitled

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365 Project - Day 118 April 28, 2013 - Hanging Light

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365 Project - Day 117 April 27, 2013 - After Dark

After Dark

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365 Project - Day 116 April 26, 2013 -Zen Moment

"A Zen Moment"

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365 Project - Day 115 April 25, 2013 - Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier


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365 Project - Day 114 April 24, 2013 Stripes and Tree

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365 Project - Day 113 April 23, 2013 A wall

A Wall

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Experimental Photography

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365 Project - Day 112 April 22, 2013 - Stary Night

Starry Night

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365 Project - Day 111 April 21, 2013 - Earth Fair

San Diego Earth Fair 

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Earth Fair Earth Fair

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365 Project - Day 110 April 20, 2013 - Something Magical

"Something Magical"

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365 Project - Day 109 April 19, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 108 April 18, 2013 - Yellow Flower

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365 Project - Day 107 April 17, 2013 - Casa Del Prado_

"Casa del Prado" 

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365 Project - Day 106 April 16, 2013 Breaking Clouds

Breaking Clouds

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365 Project - Day 105  

April 15, 2013 The bench

The Bench in the park 

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365 Project - Day 104  

April 14, 2013 - Mission Beach Rain Clouds

Rays of light peaking through the clouds on my drizzly bike ride today. 

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365 Project - Day 103  

April 13, 2013

Experimental photo day 



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365 Project - Day 102 April 12, 2013

First bike ride around Mission Bay in 2013 on my awesome bike ROCKED! This is only the beginning of many more.

What a great way to discover more photo ops :-) 

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365 Project - Day 101 April 10, 2013

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365 Project - Day 100 April 10, 2013 - Purple Flower

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365 Project - Day 99  

April 9, 2013 - Pink Trumpet Tree

"Pink Trumpet Tree"

Today I encountered this tree and decided if I have a backyard sometime in the future,

I will plant lots of them there ! 



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365 Project - Day 98 April 8, 2013 - Rocks

Layers of Rock 


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365 Project - Day 97 April 7, 2013 - San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline Panorama

I shot this panorama as the sun set into the blue hour, and you can witness the progression as you scan from the left to the right



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365 Project - Day 96 Temple Beth Israel in Heritage Park/Old Town San Diego

April 6, 2013 - Heritage Park - Temple Beth Israel

The other 95 Photos from 2013 

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365 Project - Day 95 _DSC4649April 5, 2013

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On Route 395


Kramer Junction


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365 Project - Day 94 April 4, 2013

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365 Project - Day 93  

April 3, 2013 - Sunbathing Lizard

"Sun Bathing Lizard"

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Wild Sea Wild SeaWild Sea


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365 Project - Day 92 April 2, 2013 - Pink Flower

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365 Project - Day 91 April 1, 2013 - Tree Crown

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365 Project - Day 90 March 31, 2013 - Cactus


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Hospital Reef EphemeralEphemeral


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365 Project - Day 89 March 30, 2013 - Coral Tree

Coral Tree

I saw this beautiful tree this morning, and love its bright red flowers.


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365 Project - Day 88  

March 29, 2013 - Red & Orange Chairs

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365 Project - Day 87  

March 28, 2013 - Sunset at Hospital Reef

"Sunset at Hospital Reef"



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365 Project - Day 86 March 27, 2013 Cracks in the Rock_


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365 Project - Day 85 March 26, 2013

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365 Project - Day 84 March 25, 2013_

"Tide Pools at Point Loma"

What a great place to photograph, a hidden gem of San Diego. 

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365 Project - Day 83  

March 24, 2013 - Man with hat on the beach

"Man with hat walking on the beach"

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365 Project - Day 82 March 23, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 81 March 22, 2013 - The Light at the End of the Tunnel


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365 Project - Day 80 March 21, 2013 - Waiting_

Waiting at Point Loma for the ship to pass by and enjoying the

beautiful view of the misty seas 

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365 Project - Day 79 March 20, 2013 - Mission Bay Morning

Early Morning in Mission Bay 

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365 Project - Day 78  

March 19, 2013 - Rusty Things

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365 Project - Day 77 March 18, 2013

"Eastlake Rocks"

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365 Project - Day 76 March 17, 2013 - Trona Pinnacles

Snapshot of the Trona Pinnacles from today's fantastic adventure.

These tufa spirals are amazing unusual looking. About 500 of them are sitting in

the California desert and have been the backdrop of many movie productions.

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365 Project -Day 75 March 16, 2013 - Enter Nature

Great day photographing in the Alabama Hills 

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365 Project - Day 74 March 15. 2013 Road Treasures

Is this a sign?


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365 Project - Day 73 March 14, 2013 - Nighttime Uptown


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365 Project - Day 72 March 13, 2013_



Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth.

leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs-

leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star. 



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365 Project - Day 71 March 12, 2013 - Frightened Rabbit with the Twilight Sad

Awesome and inspiring day on many levels.

Thank you! 

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365 Project - Day 70 March 11, 2013 - CESAR CHAVEZ PIER_

Quick stop at Cesar Chavez Pier on my way home

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365 Project - Day 69 March 10 "Walk tall as the trees, 
live strong as the mountains, 
be gentle as the spring winds, 
keep the warmth of the summer sun 
in your heart, and the great spirit 
will always be with you" 

- American Indian Proverb 

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365 Project - Day 68 March 9, 2013 - Beach Alien

Beach Alien 

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365 Project - Day 67 March 8, 2013 - Rainy Night

Rainy night in San Diego

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365 Project - Day 66 March 7, 2013 - Uptown


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365 Project - Day 65  


March 6, 2013 - Cloud Dive

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365 Project - Day 64  

March 5, 2013 - Flower Power

Gorgeous afternoon in Balboa Park

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365 Project - Day 63 March 4, 2013 - Computer down :-(

No fun for me today.... My Mac crashed and it is very, very sad :-(

but I will not be defeated by technology 365 is still alive :-) 

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365 Project - Day 62  

March 3, 2013 - Up into the Sky

"Up into the sky"

However vague they are, dreams have a way of concealing themselves and leave us no peace until they are translated into reality, like seeds germinating underground, sure to sprout in their search for the sunlight.

- Lin Yutang

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365 Project - Day 61  

March 2, 2013 - Wilde Blumen

Spring is around the corner 

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365 Project - Day 60 March 1, 2013 - Wild Flower On my morning run I noticed that the wild flowers are back. They are growing on a patch of green between streets, surrounded by concrete and trash. Each year they come back and bloom in all their wild beauty. 

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365 Project - Day 59 February 28, 2013 - Corner

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365 Project - Day 58 February 27, 2013 - Green Me


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365 Project - Day 57 February 26, 2013_

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365 Project - Day 56 February 25, 2013- Dark Alley

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365 Project - Day 55
February 24, 2013 - Alley Ways


There are all sorts of alleys in our life, and they all tell a story. Dark, wide, bright, light, smelly, hidden . . .

I find them all fascinating in their very own way. Bremerton is one of those places that has

quite a few, and they are all very interesting looking. Here is one of the many!

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365 Project - Day 54 February 23, 2013 - Ferry Ride

The ferry ride from Bremerton to Seattle is an hour long and takes you across the Puget Sound.

Many times when I traveled across, I have seen beautiful sunsets.

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365 Project - Day 53 February 22, 2013 - Partners in crime_

"Partners in crime"

So here I am walking out of the store and I spot these two fellas casing my car . . .

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365 Project - Day 52 February 21, 2013 - Neon Nights

Back in Seattle for the weekend and chasing the neon lights of the Emerald City


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365 Project - Day 51 February 20, 2013 - Cloudy Day_

It is a rare occasion in this town to see so many puffy clouds up in the sky.


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365 Project - Day 50  

February 19, 2013 - Morning Flower_

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365 Project - Day 49 Sunset Cliffs-2

Sunset Contemplation 

I went down to the beach in the Cliffs and watched the sun go down. Every time I watch the sun set I feel like

I see it for the first time. It is such a meditative, spiritual and mind refreshing experience for me.


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365 Project - Day 48 February 17, 2013

Morning walk through Balboa Park 

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365 Project - Day 47 February 16, 2013 - Hospitality Point_

 After my run around parts of Mission Bay this morning, I saw an interesting reflection

of clouds at Hospitality Point. Falling in love all over again with San Diego!


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365 Project - Day 46 February 15, 2013

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365 Project - Day 45 February 14, 2013 - Valentines Day


Happy Valentines Day !


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365 Project - Day 44 February 13, 2013 - Reflection




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365 Project - Day 43 Fenruary 12, 2013 - Balboa Park_

Another visit to Balboa Park


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365 Project - Day 42 February 11, 2013 Pear Trees in Bloom

Pear trees in bloom 

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365 Project - Day 41 February 10, 2013 - Various Ways

Various Ways 

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365 Project - Day 40 Sunset Cliffs

Watching the sunset

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365 Project - Day 39 February 8, 2013 Storm Cloud

The rain has arrived and decorated the sky with gorgeous clouds !

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365 Project - Day 38 February 7, 2013

Early morning reflection

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365 Project - Day 37 February 6, 2013 - Imperial Beach_

Sunset in IB

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365 Project - Day 36 February 5, 2013 - Otay Lakes

Misty morning at Otay lakes

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365 Project - Day 35 Blue

Today I was chasing the orange color that slowly crawled across the sky. While the sun was setting,

I was stuck in traffic. Needless to say, I didn't make it to the cliffs in time.

  I was left instead with this gorgeous blue in the hour after. 


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365 Project - Day 34 February 3, 2013 - Blue sky

Blue sky tonight over my house

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365 Project - Day 33 February 2, 2013 - Palm Trees

The newest edition to my neighborhood are these gorgeous palm trees! 


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365 Project - Day 32 February 1, 2013 Eastlake

Even Eastlake has a shoreline

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365 Project - Day 31 Today, I've been busy with moving into our house. Now, it's the end of the day, and we all are pretty exhausted and ready to rest up. I posted two photos of  my cat Max so I figured it was time to pay tribute to the Queen of the house--our little fuzzball, "Misty".January 31, 2013 - Queen Misty

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365 Project - Day 30 January 30, 2013_

Going from wet to dry...

I will miss the great Pacific Northwest! 

As I ventured further into California, the sun came peaking out from behind the

grime and suds on my windshield .....

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365 Project - Day 29 january 29, 2013 - Morning Beach

I left the gorgeous Oregon coast and made it to California this morning.

I was greeted by the sun and some coastal mist



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365 Project - Day 28  Janaury 28, 2013 - Oregon Coast_

Impression of Misty Oregon Coast from my road trip back to San Diego 

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365 Project - Day 27 January 27, 2013 - Pike Place Market

My last day in Seattle ! Enjoying a walk in the rain and a culinary stroll through the public market.

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365 Project - Day 26 Janaury 26, 2013 -_

Misty morning view of Bainbridge Island from the ferry. Getting ready to leave for 

San Diego and some sunshine :-). I will definitely miss this beautiful place!

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365 Project - Day 25 Janaury 25, 2013 - One night before full moon

It's one day before the full moon, and today was so mild and warm. The sky was

   so clear with a few clouds and I thought I'd give it a shot and shoot for the moon :-) 

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365 Project - Day 24 January 24, 2013 - Sunset


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365 Project - Day 23 Today I started packing for my return to Cali next week and my cat, Max, certainly knew I was up to something! January 23, 2013 - Moving Max He followed me around and, at some point, he was right in my face . . . like he was trying to confront me and ask me, "What is going on?!" I had to make this my photo for today because his expression was priceless... 

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365 Project - Day 22 Light Travel

I hiked up to the Jose Rizal Bridge and got a great view of the city.

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365 Project - Day 21 Janaury 21, 2013 Reflection

I came across this reflection of a building in another building and really liked what happened here. . . 

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365 Project - Day 20 After driving home from running errands, I saw Mount Ranier through the clearing of clouds.January 20, 2013_ I drove home quickly to grab my camera as the sun was setting,  but on my way back, the light had already begun changing and the fog rolled in. I decided to go to the other side of the hill and take a photo of the Olympic peaks. I  made it just as the sun was setting over the ridge and got an amazing view of the Olympics peaking through as the mist continued to roll in. The color in the sky  was an intense orange . . . what a gorgeous view at Seabeck! 







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365 Project - Day 19 Be the change!juice it upJanuary 19, 2013- Be the change

This is a self portrait and I'm posting this because I went to get my hair cut off really short today. I figured I would celebrate a little bit by taking the photo and making it my blog post for this day.

Off to new frontiers :-) 












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365 Project - Day 18 Janaury 17, 2013 Another grey day today. I went for a walk in the late afternoon at the Illahee State Park Beach. I saw this pier and went below it, intrigued by the barnacle growth and the overall grungy feel of the structure from this vantage point. 


















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365 Project - Day 17 Lost in my thoughts

 "Lost in my Thoughts"

Todays composite is not about the physical world around me, it is a journey into my dreams, desires and fears.

 "Is it not also conceivable that the mind knows more than the eye and the camera can see ?"

- Jerry Uelsmann


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365 Project - Day 16 January 16, 2013 Into the grey...

This morning I encountered a fog so thick, I couldn't see anything when I stood on my balcony. Excited, I quickly grabbed my camera and headed to a nearby pier._JMG1412

I love fog . . . it makes everything look so mysterious.  You can't help but wonder what lies ahead. I heard the ships pass by, but barely made out their silhouettes. The sun tried to shine through the thick fog, but was unsuccessful in her attempts.

Once in a while, a ray of light broke through, casting interesting reflections upon the water's surface.

The most interesting moment came as the birds flew in a perfect formation low above the water and disappeared into the haze. Mystical Morning Fog in Bremerton.


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365 Project - Day 15 On my hike to Fremont I stumbled upon this scene 

Puget Sound

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365 Project - Day 14 Back again at the Seattle center for some night time photography.January 14, 2013 - Seattle Center

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365 Project - Day 13 NEEDLEss to say, it is everywhere . . . 

Reflective Moment January 13, 2013 -_


















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365 Project - Day 12 The world record snowball fight was broken today at the Seattle CenterJanuary 12, 2013

outside of the EMP museum. I happened to stumble upon the event and snapped a photo.








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365 Project - Day 11 Today, I went for a walk in the late afternoon at Lions Park in Bremerton.

January 11, 2013

What a great view on a nice and sunny January day like today! The Olympic Mountains were peaking through the clouds, creating a very nice backdrop for this photograph.

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365 Project - Day 10  I went to Kerry Park for the first time and enjoyed the view overlooking Seattle. I brought my new camera to capture a Panorama - WOW! If I can ever afford it, I will have to print this Pano in its full size and find a very large, empty wall somewhere :-)   The detail is amazing. I love my camera! January 10, 2013- Seattle Skyline


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365 Project - Day 9 January 9, 2013 I visited the Seattle library today for the first time. WOW ! I'm in love with the amazing design. I will be back soon.


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365 Project - Day 8 After Dark After Dark...

So here I am walking through this nicely placed public park, with its landscaped greenery and walkways, its playgrounds and swing sets. I imagine how, during the day, people walk through the park to exercise and socialize...I imagine children's a place of community. 

After dark, though, the place feels very different. No one is here...the swing set chains are rocking back and forth, squealing with each movement of the hinge. There is an absence of people...the wind is rustling the trees...the downpour of rain turns this whole place into an ominous scene.

It is time to go home...

- Jennifer 



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365 Project - Day 7
January 7, 2013- Manette Bridge

Today's photo is Manette Bridge

- Jennifer


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365 Project Max

I'm back from my travels and starting the New Year with a New Project! 

I'll be posting one new photo every day for the remaining days of 2013. It could be anything from a 'snap' photo to a 'fab' photo taken with my iphone or my DSLR. The last few days I've been eager to come back home to post the first few. Check back for updates! 

- Jennifer :-)



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Quinault Rain Forest Quilnaut Rainforrest-2 Today, I went to the Quinault Rain Forest, which is located in the Olympic National Park, and known to be the wettest place in the continental USA. Despite the marble-sized droplets of rain and light snowflakes, I went on a drive and a three hour hike through the winding trails. The lush vegetation that surrounded me is the result of an impressive 12 feet of annual rainfall which reaches the earth primarily in the winter months. The temperate rain forests of the Quinault Valley, unlike their cousins the tropical rain forests, are located in the northern and southernmost latitudes (in places such as the Northwestern coast of North America, Chile,Southern Australia and New Zealand).

- Jennifer



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Rialto Beach Olympic National Park After a long day driving through the Olympic National Park, I finally got to see the coastal portion which is rugged, lined with sandy beaches, and has a strip of adjacent forest. It is 60 miles long but only a few miles wide with native communities at the mouths of two rivers. The beach has unbroken stretches of wilderness, and the mostly unaltered Hoh River discharges large amounts of naturally eroded timber and other drift, which moves north, enriching the beaches. The removal of driftwood logs from streams and beaches was a major domestication measure across North America. Even today driftwood deposits form a commanding presence, biologically as well as visually, giving a taste of the original condition of the beach viewable to some extent in early photos.

It has one of the most amazing sunsets I have witnessed to date, and I viewed it, not coincidentally, while sitting atop a large piece of drift timber. As the sun set, a thick mist rolled in and it felt absolutely serene. It was a true halcyon moment.

- Jennifer

Rialto Beach


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Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park My first adventure into the Olympic National Park took me to Hurricane Ridge, elevation: 5,242 feet (1,598 m). I visited in October when it was easily accessible and warm with sunny temperatures. I must say, the view from up here was worth the drive and short hike. While walking on the trail ridge, I felt like I was walking toward heaven's door. A true zen moment!

- Jennifer 


Hurricane ridge

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Seattle Great Wheel _JMG7451_JMG7451


The wheel can be found at Pier 57 in Seattle. It opened on June 29, 2012 and is with an overall height of 175 feet, the tallest Ferris wheel on the West coast of the United States. 


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USS Turner Joy Early morning view from my balcony _JMG6624

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Home Sweet Home


Whenever I go home to Germany and stay with my family there is cooking involved :-) 

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Owens Valley / Alabama Hills _JMG3045-Edit In March of this year, during my 2-day excursion to the area with fellow photography friends, I was very fortunate to experience a storm as it rolled into the area. The storm brought with it wonderfully shaped clouds which danced in the sky and created dramatic formations of ever-changing light. The storm added new elements to the already intense and dramatic landscape and truly became a photographers dreamspot for me!  The “Alabama Hills” consist of a range of hills and geological rock formations near the eastern slant of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is located in the Owens Valley, which lies west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California. Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, towers high above the valley.The area is only 2½ hours from Los Angeles and a popular filming location for TV and film productions. Since the 1920s, about 150 movies and a dozen television shows have been filmed in the "Hills."  Among the main attractions in the "Hills" are dozens of natural arches, to include the Mobius Arch, the Lathe Arch, and many more. The two main types of rock to be seen here are an orange volcanic rock and potato-shaped large boulders.

Many of these stand on end due to spheroidal weathering acting upon nearly-vertical joints in the rock. While the rocks of "Alabama Hills" are identical in composition to the 14,000-foot peaks looming above, the difference in appearance is the result of the weathering processes. Up high, the freezing snow has caused the splintering of the granite seen at Mount Whitney. Down in the warmer Owens Valley, the "Alabamas" took shape when the climate became drier,  exposing and shaping the piles of boulders. Water and wind continue to shape the landscape and rocks to this very day. The beige and blacks in the mottled coloring are the result of being stained for millions of years by the oxidation of the iron minerals in the rock. 

- Jennifer


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The Algodones Dunes Today, I went on an excursion to the Algodones Dunes (also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes). What a beautiful and magical place it is! The light in the evening is just gorgeous, and I spent it photographing the amazing scenery as the sun slowly came to a rest. I stayed throughout the night taking photos as the stars and the Yuma city glow softly lit the sky. Let me tell you, the place looks absolutely magical at night. The Dunes, are located in California, near the Arizona/Baja California border. They span an incredible 72 kilometers and run northwest by southeast, correlating to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions. They are split into different sections: Glamis, Gordon's Well, Buttercup, Midway, and Patton's Valley, and have been used in several films ( the Tatooine scenes in Return of the Jedi, Flight of the Phoenix, Resident Evil and others).There are many different ideas about how the dunes have formed. One of the ideas is that because the Colorado River flowed through very flat terrain, the course of the river has varied widely over the last few hundred years, periodically diverting in one direction or another by silt deposits left after floods. Sometimes the river flowed into the Gulf of California, as it does today; other times it turned westward toward the Salton Sink. Each time the river diverted to the Salton Sink, a very large freshwater lake called Lake Cahuilla formed.  The most popular theory about the formation of the Algodones Dunes says that they were the windblown beach sands of Lake Cahuilla. The prevailing westerly and northwesterly winds, people surmise, carried the sand eastward from the old lake shore to their present location (which continues to migrate southeast by approximately one foot per year). Regardless of how they were formed, the dunes have been a barrier to human movement in the area for years. Foot travelers before the 1900s would frequently divert south into Mexico, and even the 1877 Southern Pacific Railroad diverted north to avoid them. Then, in 1915, Colonel Ed Fletcher built a wooden plank road across the dunes connecting San Diego with Yuma, Arizona, to prove that cars could cross the dunes. This trail eventually became part of what we know today as Interstate 8. Later, during World War II, the U.S. military began conducting desert warfare training on the dunes, which were then part of the California-Arizona Maneuver Area. Ever since, people have been driving on the dunes for recreation using the first dune buggies and off-road Jeeps (following WW II, when surplus Jeeps became available to the public). If you ever get a chance to travel out to this rich and visually stunning desert paradise, I STRONGLY recommend you take advantage of the opportunity !  


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The Watts Towers Today’s visit to the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, California, was amazing. The towers are actually a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet. The Towers were built by an Italian immigrant construction worker by the name of Sabato Rodia. He worked on the pieces during his spare time…spare time that spanned a period of 33 years (from 1921 to 1954)! 

No matter how much this South Los Angeles neighborhood has changed over the years, Watts is remembered for the grainy television images of urban violence in 1965 and 1992. The towers are here because Mr. Rodia settled on a plot of land that was large enough to hold what would eventually become 17 structures. The other plot of land he considered would have been more accessible on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, but this was just as well because the Beverly Hilton was eventually constructed on that site amidst the most fashionable shopping strip in the country.

The work is an example of non-traditional vernacular architecture and American naive art. The towers are considered to be the world’s largest single construction built by one individual. They consist of seventeen sculptures, made out of steel, covered with mortar, and embellished by mosaic tiles, glass, clay, shells, and rock. Instead of a inner armature, Mr. Rodia wired rebars together using nearby railroad tracks as a makeshift vise, then wrapped this joint with wire mesh and hand packed it with mortar and his mosaic surface. He built the structures with no special equipment or predetermined design, working alone with hand tools and window-washer's equipment.

Neighborhood children brought pieces of broken glass and pottery to Rodia, some of which were added, but the majority of his material consisted of damaged pieces from the Malibu Pottery, located nearby. Green glass includes recognizable soft drink bottles from the 1930s through 1950s. Other items came from alongside the railway between Watts and Wilmington. Rodia often walked the railway all the way to Wilmington in search of material (a distance of nearly 20 miles). Rodia reportedly didn’t get along with his neighbors, some of whom allowed their children to vandalize his work. Rumors began circulating that the towers were antennae designed to communicate with enemy Japanese forces, which raised suspicion within the neighborhood, leading to further vandalism. In 1955, Rodia gave the property away and left, reportedly tired of the abuse he had received. He retired to Martinez, California, and never came back. He died nearly a decade later.When the property changed hands, Rodia's bungalow within the enclosure was burned down, and the city of Los Angeles condemned the structure and ordered it razed. Actor Nicholas King and a film editor named William Cartwright visited the site in 1959, saw the neglect, and purchased the property for $3,000 in order to preserve it. When the city found out about the transfer, it decided to perform the demolition before the transfer went through. The towers had already become famous and there was opposition from around the world. King, Cartwright, and museum curator Jim Elliott, along with area architects, artists, and community activists formed the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts. The Committee negotiated with the city to allow for an engineering test to establish the safety of the structures. For the test, steel cable was attached to each tower and a crane was used to exert lateral force. The crane was unable to topple or even shift the towers with the forces applied, and the test was concluded when the crane experienced mechanical failure. The towers are one of nine folk art sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The structures suffered minor damage in the North Ridge earthquake in 1994, after which they were repaired and reopened in 2001. The towers were again damaged during a 2008 windstorm and were closed to the public briefly until March 2009. There is also damage from random acts of vandalism. All in all, the towers are a marvel to observe and I hope I captured their magic in my photographs. 

- Jennifer

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Photo from my travels to London. What a great place! I will be back for sure.


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Salton Sea The Salton Sea itself is an inland saline lake whose salt concentration is higher than that of most of the world’s oceans.It also happens to be the largest lake in California, with its deepest point of 51 feet lying only 5 feet higher than the deepest point of Death Valley.In 1905, heavy snowfall and rain caused the Colorado River to extend and break off into a dike flowing into the Imperial Valley. The sudden rise in water, and its lack of drainage, resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea.  Salton Sea

There are many myths about the Salton Sea, the most prevalent of which is that it is highly toxic and polluted. Though the massive death of fish every summer fuels the rumors, it turns out that the culprit is actually a combination of the area’s high temperatures and the sea's high salinity level. Together, they cause a massive depletion in the oxygen level that ultimately suffocate the fish. A second rumor surrounding the Salton Sea is that it’s dying. This one is actually true. Each year, the sea becomes progressively saltier, eventually leading to a point where it will completely stop supporting life. In the 1950s, the Salton Sea was a very popular tourist destination attracting visitors from around the country to enjoy the great fishing and water skiing. Significant sums of money were invested into the area to develop resorts, spas, and other facilities. Unfortunately, a series of reoccurring storms and flooding in the 1970s took a toll on the resort. As salinity rose, wildlife began dying off, and people got scared. Eventually, they stopped coming altogether. The Salton Sea faded from memory leaving Palm Springs to become the popular new desert oasis.

Salton Sea

Today, the scattered ruins throughout the area serve as a testament to the once glorious days of the Salton Sea. The town of Niland once served as the gateway to the mighty Imperial Valley, with a train station that brought visitors from far and wide. In its hey day, Niland was also hailed as the tomato capital of the world, though a visit to the town these days reveals a community that serves more as an interesting relic of the past than an agricultural giant.  Salton Sea

Salvation Mountain is the wonderful and visually stimulating creation of Leonard Knight. He is an incredibly warm and friendly man who personally welcomes each and every visitor as they come from near and far to witness his life' s work. He gave us an amazing tour of the mountain and the surrounding area, carefully drawing our attention to incredible details such as his pair of soaring blue birds that flew high above our heads. He built and maintained the mountain for over 25 years, and shares with each visitor a single message: God loves everyone! The numerous other machinery and vehicle creations serve as free-standing works of art whose colorful coats of paint capture the imagination.  Salton Sea

Slab City got its name from the concrete slabs and pylons that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine Corps base called Camp Dunlap. In 1956, the base was dismantled and decommissioned, leaving platforms of concrete that have become home to a community of outgoing, eccentric, and welcoming people. Though some of the residents boast a strong desire to be freed from the U.S. government, many more of the community residents are simply RV owners who enjoy the campsites. The Slab City stage area has become affectionately known as “The Range,” which hosted eclectic array of performers at the annual talent show held every January.  Salton Sea

Finally, I saw these amazing little natural creations called the “Mud Volcanoes”. These mud pots and sputtering mud volcanoes are caused by ground water seeping through the earth into an underground layer of limestone, which dissolves and produces, among other things, carbon dioxide gas that fires upward toward the sky—producing mountains of mud that hiss and bubble and spurt mud.

- Jennifer

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