Historic Ferndale, CA

Victorian Ferndale, CA

Of all the places I visited this summer, Victorian Ferndale was one of my favorites. Founded by the Shaw brothers in 1852 near the mouth of the Eel River, Ferndale is known for it’s well preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. Six historic buildings are listed on the

Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon

Imagine being transported back to the jurassic period where ferns cover high walls and water drips down from above into the creek below. There is such a place along the Northern California coast. Hidden within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is

Photography

Photography

A little bit of a different post from me today. 8 years ago today, my mother lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 58. I’m surprised by how much time has passed and how much has changed in my life. I also feel the big hole in my world a little bit more on days like this. What does this have to do with photography? What does it have to do with travel and adventure? Bear with me as I try and make the connection.

House of Mystery

House of Mystery

The fastest route from California’s Mt. Shasta over to the coast is a loop through southern Oregon. Having only driven quickly through Oregon once, many many years ago, I figured that I needed to find somewhere interesting to visit during my short jaunt through the state. When I saw the signs along I-5 for

texture effects

Topaz Texture Effects

I have been using Topaz Labs’ products as part of my photography workflow for several years and have always been happy with my results. Having recently joined Topaz’ affiliate program, I had the good fortune to be able to preview their new software product that will hit their store today: Topaz Texture Effects. As much as I’ve liked their offerings in the past, Topaz has

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

One of the things I love most about photography is finding new and unexpected places to visit. When you think of parks to visit while in California, the places that come easily to mind are Yosemite, Sequoia and Death Valley. Those places are awesome for sure and are not to be missed when visiting the Golden State. But, there is another place that doesn’t get much press, at least I hadn’t heard about it. In planning my summer road trip, I discovered Lassen Volcanic National Park and within it a place known as Bumpass Hell. How can one go wrong in a place with “volcanic” in it’s name and a trail to “hell”? 

Lightning and Meteors

Lightning and Meteors

One of the items that has long been on my photography bucket list has been to capture a cool lightning scape. To this end, I even cut a flap into my bedroom window screen so I could shoot out the window during storms. Last month I finally caught lightning out the back window, but a view of the apartments behind me isn’t exactly what I had in mind, if you know what I mean.

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town

There’s one place I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time, that place is Bodie Ghost Town. Located northeast of Yosemite and just 13 miles off of California’s SR 395, Bodie is a bonafied gold mining ghost town.  Waterman S. Body hit paydirt in the hills north of Mono Lake in 1875 when a mine collapsed and revealed a large quanity of gold.  

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

As part of my summer road trip, I spent 24 hours in Yosemite National Park. Although I’ve lived in California pretty much all of my life, this was just my second visit to the park. It’s a shame really. Yosemite is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. There is nothing quite like coming into Yosemite Valley. You emerge from a long tunnel cut into the mountain to see one of the grandest views on earth. The valley is laid out before you with three of the most iconic landmarks standing tall: Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome.