Lupine Mania

The rains returned to SoCal after a long dry spell. That has every nature lover and photographer outside hunting down the latest blooms before the all-too-soon mid-April die off. Here are two images of a vast bloom of lupines on a hillside nestled up against the...

Making hay while the snow shines

With California's extended drought there have been precious few chances to capture the beauty of the Topa Topa mountains dusted in snow. The chance came this week after 2.5 inches of rain fell in Thousand Oaks and much more in the mountains. The snow usually melts...

Wildwood Park Paradise Falls

Thousand Oaks is known for Wildwood Park, a great outdoor space with 17 miles of trails and great vistas. It has appeared in numerous film and TV productions including Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), Bonanza and Gunsmoke. The park's most notable feature is its waterfall....

By the light of the moon

On September 16th, 2016 at 3:43 am, the full moon was in place to illuminate the Ventura coast near the pier and surfer's point. I marked the date on my Google calendar, dragged myself out of bed and drove to the beach. I had an idea what I might find: tide pools...

High tide at Ventura Lagoon

This new seascape image was taken July 29 during a period when the high tides were exceeding five feet. This meant sea water was breaching the beach, spilling into the lagoon where the Santa Clara river meets the sea. That these high tides nearly coincided with sunset...

Harvesting Salad

On May 24, I was fortunate to come across two fields being harvested. The first was cilantro, which caught my eye because the boxes were arranged in neat rows with the mountains providing a lovely backdrop. I parked and shot the boxes, then moved in to focus on the...

VC Photos on CBS Late Show

In early February, producers from the CBS Late Show with Steven Colbert called to purchase some images for use on the show. The images, from our Conejo Valley Days section in Events, ended up in an animated background for the musical performance on March 16 by Brian...

One Oak in a Thousand

People joke about the name Thousand Oaks, asking whether anyone actually tallied the real number in the city. My answer isn't about the number, but the magnificence. Many pre-date the founding of the United States. They are tricky to photograph, mainly because most...