Category Archives: North Coast of California

Winter Clouds: A New Collection in Gallery Two

Storm Clouds, Shell Beach, The Sea Ranch

After a long quiescent period, I’ve added a new monochrome collection to Gallery Two (Monochrome): Winter Clouds.

This study of clouds along the North Coast of California during the winter rainy season emphasizes the texture of dark nimbus clouds approaching the coast and light, fluffy cumulus clouds that frequently appear at low-levels after storms pass and the sun warms the ocean meadow.

The winter of 2016-2017 brought copious rainfall to most of California. Locally, we received about 65 inches of rain (165 cm) – almost twice our usual rainfall. I captured most of the images in this new collection during that very wet winter.

I will soon have a printed folio (pFolio) of eight monochrome prints of the Winter Clouds available. Watch my blog for more information.

Fort Ross Collection Added to Gallery One


Metal Smith’s Workshop, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Sonoma County

I have just posted my Fort Ross collection to Gallery One. This collection explores the site of the Russian-American Company’s nineteenth century outpost on the coast of Sonoma County. The collection celebrates the 2012 bicentennial of the settlement.

The Russian-American Company, responsible for Russia’s interests in Alaska at the time, sent a part south in 1812 to establish an outpost on the coast of California. The outpost was to provide food to the Alaskan settlements.

While the Russian settlement was abandoned by 1841, its presence continues to be felt on the coast of Sonoma County  especially through Fort Ross State Historic Park with its fine recreations of the original settlement. The Park also encompasses an orchard where apple trees planted by the Russian settlers still stand.

As I complete rebuilding my website over the next month, I will have an eFolio of images from Fort Ross available for free download. Watch for a future announcement. For the interim, please enjoy the images in my Fort Ross collection.

Monterey Cypress Collection Added to Gallery One

Sunrise, Old Monterey Cypress Hedgerow, The Sea Ranch

Sunrise, Old Monterey Cypress Hedgerow, The Sea Ranch

I have just posted my Monterey Cypress collection in Gallery One. This collection contains some images from my old website and some brand new work.

While it is native to the Central Coast of California, the Monterey Cypress thrives on the North Coast. Historically, the Cypress was planted in long hedgerows to act as wind-breaks and borders for various ranch fields.

The tree is a popular subject with photographers. I much like its very graphic nature. Its bark is highly textured and sometimes seems almost braided; side-lighting really emphasizes that texture. Too, its repeating branch structure is highly graphic and makes for wonderful images. Long hedgerows of the trees are favorite subjects. Finally, the wind shapes the tree in ways unique to the cypress: the tree becomes flat-topped and looks wind-blown, even when the air is calm.

I think you will enjoy these images.

Point Reyes Collection

Headlands Profiled by a Winter Dawn, Point Reyes National Seashore

Headlands Profiled by a Winter Dawn, Point Reyes National Seashore

I’ve added a new collection to my website: images from Point Reyes National Seashore. The only national seashore on the west coast, Point Reyes is a national treasure.

Located only 25 miles or so north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the seashore preserves rich biologic, geologic and cultural resources. The seashore includes multiple designated wilderness areas where it is indeed possible to get totally away from the hustle and bustle of the urban Bay Area. The San Andreas rift zone defines the eastern edge of the park, making it a good place to view plate tectonics (hopefully almost) in action. The western tip of Point Reyes is home to the lighthouse and, some 12 miles west of the main shoreline and 500 feet above sea level is a great place to watch the annual migration of the grey whale.

The Point Reyes collection is located in Gallery One on my website. Please enjoy!

About the Header Image

Return to Wildness

Return to Wildness

The image at the top of this and many  pages in my website is entitled “Return to Wildness.” I captured the image on the shore of Schooner Bay in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore. Drakes Estero became a designated wilderness area in 1976. After a long  legal battle, commercial oystering operations in the estero ceased at the end of 2014. The Park Service has removed the oyster processing buildings and is continues to remove remaining remnants of commercial operations from the estero.

I shot the image at dawn on a very quiet Sunday morning in February 2015. The image is a panorama assembled from seven individual frames. The composite TIFF file is a very high resolution image that can be printed up to 60 inches wide (and 17 inches high). The header image is, of course, much smaller at only 990 pixels wide.

I have the opportunity to photograph at Point Reyes in the winter months. More than any other image I’ve taken at Point Reyes National Seashore, this image conveys the sense of peace and tranquility of the North Coast that I seek to capture in much of my photography.