Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pacific Coast Highway (1)

When we were in Monterey I took a little drive down the famous Pacific Coast Highway, which runs along the rugged coastline. It's got lots of little bays like this one.
The morning was foggy (common in this part of the world) so the light was flat, but I took what I could get.
There's more to come from this drive.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Los Angeles 1988 (2)

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot from my first time on Los Angeles in 1988, scanned from an old slide. Lots of fog and smog below the mountain.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Half Dome

To finish my series on Yosemite, here are a few shots of Half Dome, probably the park's most famous sight.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Yosemite Reflections

We didn't have time to do much hiking during our one day at Yosemite, but the trail we did take (Mirror Lake) led to this fabulous scene. I captured all these shots with my ultra-wide-angle fisheye lens; nothing else in the kit did the job.
Here's a slightly wider view of it.
And another a little further down the stream.
Definitely worth the walk, and a perfect Weekend Reflections post.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Yosemite Redwoods

I often make trees look taller with my wide-angle fisheye lens, but these Yosemite Redwoods really are some of the tallest trees in the world.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Yosemite Tunnel Overlook

One of the classic stops in Yosemite is the Tunnel View and it's easy to see why. El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls are all visible in this stunning vista.
This is such a classic glacier-carved valley!
I could have stayed here all day but it was time to move on...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Multicolored Sunrise

Here's another crazy sunrise taken with my cellphone driving to work (stopped at a light).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bridal Veil Falls (Yosemite)

Possibly the most famous waterfall in Yosemite is Bridal Veil Falls.
You don't want to know how long we waited to get a parking spot nearby, but it was worth it.
It is 617 feet (188 meters) high and truly spectacular.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


If I'm relaxing with some music or a video game our little critters often join me. Long-haired Socks snuggles on top of the blanket...
...while short-haired Laika burrows under it!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Morning Shadows

When skiing last weekend, the view and shadows here struck me as worthy of a quick Skywatch Friday cell-phone snap. There's even a chairlift tower in the middle.

Monday, February 19, 2018

First Ski Day!

The snow hasn't been great this year, so I've been waiting to head up to Copper to ski. But I made the trip on Saturday, and despite the holiday-weekend crowds had fun and took a couple of shots with the cell-phone. The rope in the lower-left of the photo marks in-bound terrain.
I managed to stay away from most of the people. It's always nice to be in the mountains!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Another Boston Skywatch

Here's another leftover Skywatch Friday photo taken with my cellphone in cold Boston over the holidays.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Yosemite Waterfalls & El Capitan

For my next post on Yosemite I'm featuring a couple of its many tall waterfalls.
They're everywhere you look!
And here's a shot of the famous El Capitan, the 3,000-foot (900-meter) high rock formation.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Los Angeles 1988

This week's Skywatch Friday photo is from my first-ever trip to Los Angeles, all the way back in 1988.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Yosemite Streams

Last time we were in California we took a day to explore Yosemite. It was overcrowded (they need to start limiting visitor numbers), but still worth the trip. I'll start my posts with some streams. I've got several more posts from Yosemite planned so stay tuned...
The natural beauty really is amazing.
Everywhere you look there's something to see.
And of course, those famous rock faces are everywhere!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Section 16 Trail

One of our local trails is a square one mile on each side, and it's a good winter hike as it's relatively low elevation and doesn't get much snow.
There's nothing spectacular, but it makes for an enjoyable couple of hours.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Total Lunar Eclipse

I made a point of watching this morning's total Lunar eclipse, a super blue blood Moon, to get some photos for Skywatch Friday (that's a total solar eclipse and a total lunar eclipse in just over five months). It's super because it's at the closest point to Earth in its orbit. Here the Earth's shadow is just starting to touch it.
It's blue simply because that's what the second full Moon of a month is called. Here it's almost gone.
It's blood because that's the color it turns when totally covered by the Earth's shadow, only getting sunlight refracted through our atmosphere. I took the dogs for a walk under this very dim red moonlight.
And as if nature hadn't blessed us with enough beauty for one day, driving to work a few minutes later I took the following photo.

Monday, January 29, 2018

San Juan Bautista Plaza Historic District (2)

Finishing up my series on the San Juan Bautista Plaza Historic District and Mission San Juan Bautista (which are right next to each other), here are some photos from a preserved hotel of the era (built in 1855). First up is their elegant dining area.
Here's a preserved guest room.
This is an area for the ladies to congregate.
And what Western hotel would be complete without a large saloon?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Inside Mission San Juan Bautista

Here are a couple of final photos from inside Mission San Juan Bautista near Monterey, California. Some areas are maintained almost like a museum.
Others can still be actively used for worship.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mission Trees (2)

I absolutely loved this view when I was in the Mission San Juan Bautista, and instantly knew I had to take a Skywatch Friday shot!

Monday, January 22, 2018

San Juan Bautista Plaza Historic District (1)

Next to the mission I showed you in the last couple of posts is the San Juan Bautista Plaza Historic District. It's a state park consisting of several well-preserved and restored old buildings. Here's an old stagecoach - imagine riding in this for hours in the Old West!
One of the buildings is an elegant, large old house.
It's fascinating to see how people lived back then and well worth the small admission fee.
They lived in such a beautiful place.
And of course every community had to be self-sufficient!
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