Sunset framed by Palms

These two images show the sun setting behind the towering palm trees near Ventura Harbor. Anyone traveling toward the harbor on Los Olivos Park Drive has probably noticed how nicely they frame the sky. One evening in July I was close enough to sunset to wait for the...

Two More Wet Ones

Here are two more seascapes. The first was taken early in the morning at low tide at the beach adjacent to Ventura Harbor. The shallow pools formed by the retreating waves caught my eye and I captured the moment. The other image was taken on a brief stop after a...

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...