Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Back to California

I've about run out of pictures from the California trip. Here's a panorama I stitched together of one of the historic bridges along Hwy. 1. The limitations of my blog template don't really do this justice.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Blurry Bikin' photos

I went downtown to watch the Old Capitol Criterium yesterday. I wasn't really shooting it, but I took a few photos. When it comes to things that are moving, I just can't help myself, so I shot a bunch of blurry photos. Here are three...

These are what they are. Not great. Not horrible. Something about that last guy's front fork caught my eye. I just love the spoke gets less and less sharp, and then twisted, the farther you go from the hub. It's a combination of the slow shutter speed, me panning with the bike and the wheel rotating. I like it. I just can't figure out how to crop it. I'd be curious what you think? And feel free to tell me the picture is lame if you think that's the case. This very well might be one of those pictures that looks pretty good at first glance and three days later makes me think, "What was I on when I was liking that shot?" Believe me, that's happened on more than a few occasions.

Friday, April 24, 2009

More coast

Here's another picture from the coast south of Carmel. This is probably my favorite picture of the coast.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


On our way to the airport, we stopped briefly in Santa Cruz. Unbeknownst to us, a "big swell" was coming in. The local surfing community was ready and waiting. From what I could tell, most of them wiped out but had fun trying.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Here's another lighthouse. This one in Santa Cruz. Ya, I needed a longer lens. I'm almost done with California pictures. I promise.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pacific Coast

Here's a few more pictures of the Pacific Coast along Highway 1 south of Carmel. It's an amazing drive. Looking at these photos now a couple of weeks after we were there, I'm a little bummed about all the haze. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to go back sometime.

If I had to guess, I'd say the bird is a golden eagle. I know birders get really testy when birds are incorrectly identified, so if I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More California critters

A few more pictures from our recent vacation. Boats and sea lions. Spring is going to hit Iowa very soon. I'll have flowers and green stuff to shoot here, so I better finish up these California pictures soon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pebble Beach

Here's a tree on the Pebble Beach golf course. It's not the famous tree, but that's ok.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Here's a lighthouse in Pacific Grove. If I remember right, it's the Point Pinos lighthouse. We didn't get a chance to go through it, but it looked pretty cool just after the sun went down. And, as you can tell, it's still a working lighthouse.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

California Coast

Here are the first two of what could end up being a lot of pictures that I shot along Highway 1 between Carmel and Big Sur. I knew it would be pretty, but it took my breath away.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


After whale watching, we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As it turns out, it was probably a little too much fish for one day. Either that or the Dramamine was working a little too hard. We both felt a little sleepy and a little wobbly while we were there. It had some cool exhibits though. I found the jelly fish to be especially appealing. Here are some pictures:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Whale watching

On our first morning in California, our ship set sail on a three hour tour. We were hoping to see some whales. After about two and a half hours, I was thinking we were going to get skunked. While we didn't see any whales, we did see what seemed like hundreds of these dolphins. They're Risso's Dolphins, and they were fun to watch as they swam through the swells and jumped out of the water from time to time. I'd still like to see a whale, but this was a pretty good consolation prize.