Category Archives: California

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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Detour

This last Christmas we decided to drive down from Washington to Southern California to visit family. I had mentioned to my wife that I wanted to stop in San Francisco but I’m not sure if she heard me. Maybe she did but didn’t take me seriously. Anyway, when the split for Sacramento vs San Francisco came up and I took the ramp to San Francisco she wasn’t very excited to say the least. Not that she had anything against San Francisco but she already had it in her mind to make it to Southern California as fast as possible. It was us and our two kids under three so I don’t blame her but a little spontaneity never hurts, right?

The detour didn’t go as smooth as I thought it would. I was heading for the Marin Headlands to takes some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. We hit a bunch of traffic getting into the city via the Oakland Bridge and then as we hit the city our four-month old woke up after a nice nap to find that she was hungry. Now if you haven’t spent much time around babies they don’t tap you on the shoulder and politely ask for a snack. They cry and get progressively louder as they get hungrier. A fire engine could drive by with its sirens blaring and I probably wouldn’t have heard it. As you can imagine it was quite stressful especially when trying not to drive down a one-way street or hit a pedestrian.

We reached the headlands just before sunset which I thought was perfect timing. I had never been there before so I didn’t know that parking would be such a problem which it was. Luckily, I found a spot at the very last lookout at the top of the hill and waited for the city lights to come on as the sunlight was fading. It was definitely a cool place visit and hopefully I can head back there again. Next time I’ll make sure to plan things better and communicate those plans with the wife.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Detour

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A Long Way to Go

Over the last summer I was in Yosemite National Park in California and we visited the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. It was my first time seeing a Sequoia in person and they definitely lived up to their name. My wide angle lens makes them look thinner than they are but these trees are massive. I don’t know if the little sapling in the frame is a Sequoia but, if it is, it’s got long way to go before it’s as big as it’s neighbors. At least everything is looking up.

A Long Way to Go

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