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Beach Succulents
Beach Succulents

“Beach Succulents”
Photo of the Week #38, selected in February, 2020

Ever taken a photo that makes you stop and stare at it every time you see it? This is such a photo for me. There’s something about the combination of hues, the flowers and the sharpness of the plants against the blurry beach in the background that always drags me in.

This shot was taken during one of our journeys up the Pacific coast. One resort we stayed in was near Crescent City, California, and this pic is from a sandy rise above the beach and ocean. Crescent City sits about 20 miles south of the Oregon border. It has a very moderate climate and, interestingly, is particularly susceptible to tsunamis, having suffered tsunami conditions 31 times since 1933.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-beach-succulentsdsc_art?IMID=698785b4-2795-43a5-bc00-c5be2c031000


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View Weeks 1-52 of my Photos of the Week as a slideshow:
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A Rugged Coastline
A Rugged Coastline

“A Rugged Coastline”
Photo of the Week #32, selected in December, 2019

There are sections of the Northern California coast that are just as awe inspiring as its Oregon neighbor. This shot of the coastline at Bodega Head, north of San Francisco and west of Santa Rosa, is one such section. Even high up on the cliff overlooking the bay the waves were roaring. From here to Astoria is the most spectacular stretch of thunderous, rocky bays and crashing waves in the country, and you can see most of it from the highway.

By the way, most of this coastline is open to the public- no fences, no “Keep Out” signs, no closed parking lots. Pull over off the road where the beach is easily accessible and, well, access it!

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-a-rugged-coastlinedsc_art?IMID=49fea9ae-aae7-427c-8968-1ba7cc39ba31


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An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast
An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast

“An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast”
Photo of the Week #25, selected in November, 2019

Acorn Woodpeckers can be found throughout the Northern California and Oregon coast, so it was no surprise that there was a large family of them in our remote campground in Paicines, east of Monterey and Salinas, California. I saw them continually during our stay and was able to take a few photos of during my walks through the park. I particularly like this shot, taken just after the morning’s golden hour, as the sun highlights the woodpecker in the shadow of the tree branches.

Paicines is known for its vineyards and top-shelf wineries, nearby Pinnacles National Park and California condor viewing. Unfortunately, the summer after this photo was taken, wildfires decimated much of this part of California’s wine country. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to return to see how much the area was affected.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-an-acorn-woodpecker-prepares-for-breakfast_art?IMID=8abc35f1-d787-4501-99d3-d07c3d3e2790


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On Lookout Over the Pacific
On Lookout Over the Pacific

“On Lookout Over the Pacific”
Photo of the Week #21, selected in October, 2019

This photo was taken near Klamath, California, overlooking the mouth of the Klamath River at the Pacific Ocean. The cliffs overlooking the river and ocean are dramatic, hundreds of feet above the waters. The Klamath is known for its beautiful scenery, high-class rapids and wildlife, including a wide variety of rapters.

Far from being a bird of prey, this wren, surveying its domain, seemed to pose for me, even waiting for me to set up my camera until I could snap the pic. You gotta love birds…

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-on-lookout-over-the-pacificdsca_art?IMID=5c66c055-6a68-47f7-bc03-d446e6f68631


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Pacific Fog Washes Ashore
Pacific Fog Washes Ashore

This photo was taken in Humbolt County on the far northern coastline of California. Coastal fog on the west coast seems to act differently than on the eastern seaboard, especially New England, and I certainly have plenty of it to see when visiting Maine and Massachusetts in the fall.

Around the seashores of Northern California, Oregon and Washington State, a marine layer usually creeps in during the wee hours, especially during the summer. The fog often burns off by mid-afternoon, leaving a few hours of golden sunshine before dusk. In the east, you can have continuous fog for days. These peculiarities can create opportunities for some very different photos on each coast.

Oh, and just try to get a shot of open beach in New England… Another thing I really like about the west coast is its nearly complete public access along the ocean.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-pacific-fog-washes-ashoredsc_art?IMID=fd0791c1-8dd7-4e3e-b7a7-a1150bb0a245


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Wildflowers Loving Life
Wildflowers Loving Life

“Wildflowers Loving Life”
Photo of the Week #14, selected in August, 2019

Those who know me can assure you that I love birds and wildflowers, so much so that I have taken thousands of photos of both all over the country. These lupine flowers just seemed to be overjoyed to be alive and thriving in the California desert, despite their hardship, and this shot is a favorite among my wildflower photos. Lupines are relatives of the famous Texas bluebonnets.

I took this shot while hiking near our boondocking spot just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. It was surprising to see such color in the hot desert, adding to the feeling of delight when I came across the seemingly elated blossoms.

As always, please click on the link to view the clear, full-color image:
https://www.imagekind.com/-wildflowers-loving-lifedsc_art?IMID=a96bc9b6-866c-4c29-ae5a-c6dda41440e3


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Pacific Coast Garden
Pacific Coast Garden

“Pacific Coast Garden”
Photo of the Week #10, selected in July, 2019

We had the good fortune to drive up the Pacific Coast and explore its fabulous scenery that extends over a thousand miles. In the Monterrey coastal area of California, many of the cliffs that overlook the ocean are covered with flowers and succulents. This is one of my favorite photos from one beautiful day of shooting.

Unfortunately, this widespread Northern California groundcover, called highway ice plant (also pigface, sour fig and clawberry), is an invasive species from South Africa. Any part or shoot of the species can grow into a full new plant, so you should take great pains not to transport them, and, like any invasive species, it should never be planted in a garden.

As always, please click on the link to view the clear, full-color image:

https://www.imagekind.com/-pacific-coast-gardendsc_art?IMID=02dcebf0-f5b2-46bc-953f-19526e322833


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​Below is a 360-degree view of one spot in the middle of the Jedediah Smith State Park near Crescent City, CA.  Here we found an absolutely beautiful forest of giant redwoods.  Notice that the some of the trunks are wider than the road?

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is a California State Park that preserves old-growth redwoods along the Smith River, approximately 9 miles east of Crescent City, in the far northwest of the state. The 10,430-acre park is named after explorer Jedediah Smith, the first American to travel by land from the Mississippi River to California, passing through the parcel that is now the State Park. It consists of 9,500 acres of redwood trees, including several groves of old growth trees. One of the groves, totaling 5,000 acres, includes the world’s largest (not tallest) coastal redwood, which measures 20 feet in diameter and 340 feet tall.

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