Category Archives: California

The Point

Here’s one from down at the Point at the Dana Point Harbor taken just after sunrise. Great place to sit and watch the waves, boats, birds, and maybe even propose 😉

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord – Proverbs 18:22

The Point

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Dana Point Harbor Overlook

I was down in Orange County over New Years visiting family. I didn’t get out shooting much but I did get up early for sunrise one morning and headed to the Dana Point Harbor. There were some overcast skies which I thought would be cool for the blue hour.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:27-28

Dana Point Harbor Overlook

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El Capitan Pastels

Here’s one from the Summer of 2014 at El Capitan State Beach, California. It was a nice and warm evening with a little bit of haziness. I roamed up and down the coastline capturing what I could while there was still light. This was one of those times when I wished the light would stick around just a little longer.

“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” – Lamentations 3:25

El Capitan Pastels

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El Capitan State Beach Sunset

Here’s a sunset shot from El Capitan State Beach in California. This was one of the last photos I took after taking some shots down by the water. Sunset always seems to go by so fast when you’re in a new area exploring different angles.

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other” – Isaiah 45:5-6

El Capitan Sunset

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El Capitan State Beach

We camped at El Capitan State Beach last August. The beach and views were really nice but the campground was alright. It was hard coming from camping in Oregon where they keep the campground and bathrooms pretty clean. Beware of the skunks if you camp there. I had one come within 10 feet of me. Luckily I was able to scare it away without getting sprayed. I’ve never been sprayed and I don’t plan on it.

“When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them” – Proverbs 16:7

El Capitan State Beach

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Along the Tuolumne River

During my first visit to Yosemite we decided to get away from the crowds and heat (it was about 100F in the valley) and head to Tuolumne Meadows. Being at around 9,000 feet it was nice and cool and the weather was perfect. I definitely would like to explore some more of that area. Make sure to check it out if you ever head to Yosemite. You won’t be disappointed.

Alonng the Tuolumne River

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Mirror Lake Reflections

Here’s one from last summer at Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park. The lake is actually quite small and I would hardly call it a lake. I remember reading on a kiosk that it used to be a lot bigger when there was a hotel on it because they used to dredge it out. The hotel burned down a long time ago and after that the park service decided to let things go natural. Now the lake is more like a couple ponds. Well, I hope you enjoyed that fact and that my memory was correct. Otherwise, it was a useless fact and I just wasted one minute of your life that you’ll never get back.

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” – Zechariah 4:6

Mirror Lake Reflections

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Ahwahnee Bridge

Bridges in general are cool to shoot and I find stone bridges particularly cool. There are a couple of them in the Yosemite Valley that cross the Merced River. This one is the Ahwanee Bridge which was built in 1928 to a length of 122 feet. I took this shot last summer during my first time in the valley on a cold and overcast day. I was a little worried the storm would stick around the whole week I was there but luckily it cleared up and I was able to enjoy Yosemite in all its glory.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6

Ahwahnee Bridge

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Embrace the Flare

I was setting up to take some sunset shots of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands in San Francisco, California when I noticed a pretty cool scene was unfolding behind me. The only problem was that I was getting some serious sun flare which is usually something I tried to avoid. To me it’s like a dust spot and I despise dust spots. However, in this case I thought it looked kind of cool so I left it in. Like a waiter at Chotchkie’s, sometimes you got to just embrace the flare.

Embrace the Flare

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Best Seat in the House

Seagulls can be pretty annoying. They try to eat your food, they drop their liquid bombs on people (I’ve been hit twice which some people say is good luck but I think it’s to make you feel better for getting pooped on), and they steal stuff. My wife had taken off a watch while she was at the beach and a seagull came and snatched it up. For all the trouble seagulls give they sure know how to find a good spot for sunset.

This shot is from sunset at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, California.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” – Psalm 46:1-3

Best Seat in the House

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