Looking back on a road trip we took down to Big Sur a little over a year ago. It’s a magnificent coastal landscape we inhabit, a stunningly beautiful part of the world. Hope to make the same trip soon again with the same crew ;) | #bigsur
A smoke induced sunset off the deck. The time was way to short with my grandson!
And now his first year of highschool starts..
Thoughts when I was a teenager..I don't want that summer to ever end..I don't want to go back to school..highschool😱, oh gosh, hope the teachers are cool.. will I be popular? I want to be on the team..any team.. Go Matthias @_matthiasegger_ you're the best, much success, we love you💙
“It was sunsets that taught me that beauty only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again.” - A.J. Lawless
Idyllwild is our happy place. We couldn't wait to get up here for a little weekend mountain time and some cabin backyard slackline! In Crocs, of course! Let the adventure begin. #gopro#experiencedifferent
Elephant seals aren’t the most graceful or handsome of animals. But they sure know how to make sunbathing look sultry. 😎
When I photographed the rookery in June, it was 100% males. The ladies don’t come around again until December, and the pups they give birth to in Winter are grown and gone by late Spring. The tawny gold seal is a bit shabby as he is molting - or rather, going through a “catastrophic molt.” This means that they shed their skin and hair not over time but all at once, refreshing their hides in a matter of days or weeks.
The two jokers chillaxin’ on the sand in the foreground are #beachgoals for sure! 🌊☀️
The more I take photos, the more I am taken by the story within a photo. Who are these people? What is this place? Why do we find ourselves drawn in by one scene more than another?
I am also tiring of capturing the expected perspective, especially of places I have visited many times. What is happening on stage is often less interesting than what is happening in the audience.
For your consideration, a makeshift film strip of the sunset scene I was supposed to be photographing. Notice anyone, um, familiar?? 🤔
The Milkyway and a Perseid meteor over the Mount Laguna FAA radar tower. This was my second night of shooting with two @sonyalpha cameras and I still managing to miss all the Perseids. Lol. Finally got one while I setting up a timelapse on my @skywatcherusa Star Adventurer tracking tracking unit. What a beautiful show it was. Jeeze! This time I captured two hours of solid audio of the night on the @zoomsoundlab H5 far away from us, and the wind!🤙🏻
Good times with
A verrrrry old (and very deceased) Bristlecone Pine tree surrounded by a small forest of younger specimens.
These majestic dead trees are called “snags” and resist decay for centuries due to the cold, dry climate of the White Mountains (see the white-washed hills of dolomitic stone in the background) and the extreme density of the pine wood. At sunrise and sunset they catch the warm light of the sun and magically turn a shade of burnished copper. No, that golden-orange hue is not PhotoShop wizardry...the trees truly do glow, each a wild tangle of flames as they greet the day or watch it fade. I’m always mesmerized by the show. 🔥
Going #outofmycomfortzone for this post, but it’s all good. Let me tell you why I’m half-dressed and flamenco dancing with an ancient tree.
First off, when I’m out in the middle of nowhere at 11,000 feet and see a beautiful portrait opportunity, the only model on hand is usually...me. 🙂 Most working models aren’t able or willing to do what I do, or go where I go. But that doesn’t mean I let a good photo go untaken! Convenience is everything sometimes. So into the shot I hop.
Second, the human body is a work of art. I don’t care if you’re an 🍎, a 🍐, a 🔺, or a ◾️, we are all beautiful. Embrace it. Beauty - natural beauty - comes down to styling and pose and a willingness to own the stage. When we discover our talents and accept that without flaws, we would not be human, then we are free to be ourselves. Trust me on that one. There are MANY outfits and poses that do not flatter my physique, yet why focus on what I don’t have (um, big boobs? Sky-high Sophia Loren cheekbones?) and embrace what genetics was kind enough to give me. All bodies are beautiful.
Third, I camp A LOT and I know a lot of women who do not because they fear the unknown of the outdoors. Is it dirty? (Yes.) Will there be somewhere to shower? (Maybe.) Will animals eat me? (Pretty solid NO, 99.999% of the time.) I want women to see that the outdoor lifestyle isn’t scary. And it’s not just about flannel and fleece. We CAN do it in style. Before I took this shot, I spent the night in the back of my car, “washed” my face with a wet wipe, and applied a little mascara and blush by way of my car visor mirror. And I was the happiest I had been all week! So yes, we can #campclassy , we can #campcouture , and we can still be #hardcoreoutdoor . 😎🙌
Would you like me to show you how? 🤔
That said...skirt is @jpgaultierofficial. Bra (I can’t believe I posted a photo of me in a BRA) is @victoriassecret. Tree is #bristleconepine and is waaaay more interesting than I am. Though I do think we dance well together. 🖤
Took this last week as the smoke from the Holy Fire created a lot of smoke and haze in the sky, creating a very colorful sunset. I've been trying to get one of these water splashing shots for a while now. I was stoked to see this one once I loaded it on my computer. I was able to capture this much in part thanks to the 20 frames per second I get with my #sonya9 + my 100-400 GM telephoto lens.
Right place...right time...
Yesterday morning’s sunrise at the #patriarchgrove was nothing short of magical. When I saw the blood red sun rising in a gilded purple sky, it was a race against time to find the perfect tree to frame it.
One minute, maybe two. I honestly don’t know how I did it. But I did. I think I will just pat destiny on the back for this one. ❤️
Was hoping to view the meteor shower tonight, but Mother Nature had other plans. Dense, dense fog—as far as the eye could see. Came across this stand of tees on my way to the cloud-laden summit of San Bruno Mountain and decided to make lemonade out of lemons. And the lemonade turned out great. ☺️🌲☁️