Throwback Thursday: Sonoma coast

I found these photos from December 2004 in my Google Photos and was going to post them, until I realized I already shared them back in November 2017 as part of Memory Monday. So instead, here is the post as it appeared back then: I spent most of this Christmas holiday trip playing with my Nikon Coolpix 5700 — exploring the depths of color in stones and shells sprinkled with sea water and experimenting with the varied settings while shooting a gorgeous view of the sunset. I still can’t decide which version I like better.

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Throwback Thursday (or not)

I’m not sure I need another gimmicky sounding series, so maybe I shouldn’t refer to this as “Throwback Thursday.” Still, in looking through my many years’ worth of pictures stored on Google, I realized there are a lot of fairly decent images I’ve not shared here before, or else I blogged them so long ago they’re not in my WordPress library. So I figured maybe this could be a good place to give those photos another airing.  I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I am. A few of the places in these photos may look familiar, as they are spots I’ve returned to repeatedly over the years. Caples Lake is a perfect example. My first blog post featuring images from my hikes along the shore of this high mountain lake was in June 2017; but I believe the first time the Big Guy took me there was in May 2004. I was using my beloved 5.0 megapixel Nikon Coolpix E5700, my first non- point-and-shoot camera, and while I still had much to learn about taking quality pictures (and still do!) I think these shots give a pretty good idea of the lake’s beautiful surroundings. I’ve tried several times over the years to shoot this waterfall along the trail, and I’m never fully satisfied with my results. In the spring of 2004, sunlight reflected off the snow complicated things for me.    

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Coastal landscapes

I’ve visited the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a few times now, entering from both the north and south gates, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface in exploring this amazing place. I feel lucky to have found it, and I’m grateful that the land was made available to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management so that people like […]

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Redwood retreat

You never know quite what to expect when you arrive at a new place, but thus far we’ve been extremely lucky with our Airbnb rentals in Mendocino County. In November our small cabin not only had a piano but also sat on the edge of the redwood forest with a gurgling stream within easy walking distance. Since the weather was […]

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Huntington Falls

This artificial waterfall on Stow Lake is yet another reason to fall in love with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. After arriving in the park via Muni bus, I spent a fun weekday morning exploring the eastern half of the lake and its island. Even though there were plenty of other people around me on these popular hiking/running trails, at […]

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