Lupines at Folsom Lake, California

I took these photos of lupines at Beeks Bight on Folsom Lake last April 1, 2022. The weather was ideal: sunny, warm, blue sky, and with a wind speed of 3 mph. Of course there were plenty of lupines in bloom. I had a wonderful time taking photos there.

Florida Trip 2021

On a recent visit to Florida, I took these 14 photos in Central Florida. I started taking some photos in Oldsmar, Florida. As well, I took more photos in nearby parks as John Chestnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor, Florida; Upper Tampa Bay Park in Tampa, Florida; Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, Florida. I took the sunset photos at Howard Park Beach in Tarpon Springs, Florida. I had a wonderful time visiting and taking photos in Central Florida.

Wilder Ranch Bike Trails

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I took some pictures of the coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway. I started at Wilder Ranch State Park taking pictures as I rode my bicycle along their bike trail. The bike trail follows the coastline along the edge of the cliffs overlooking the rocky coves and beaches. Later after eating a calamari sandwich on the pier, I took a picture of Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Then I decided to take the long way back to Stockton following US Highway 1 around the peninsular to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, I stopped at a beach where people were flying kites to surf to take more pictures. On the last stop, I took a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in the late afternoon. A great escape from the heat of the Central Valley this summer.

 

 

Mount Diablo Poppies and other Wildflowers

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Here are ten pictures that I took of poppies and other wildflowers while driving up the road to the summit of Mount Diablo State Park, California. I went in the south gate and left by the north gate. I experienced great sunny weather and beautiful scenic views along the way. I went on a weekday so little traffic and crowds. But I did see other photographers taking pictures and watercolor artists busy sketching and painting.

 

Big Trees State Park, California

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Here are a few pictures I took while visiting Big Trees State Park, California. To get there, follow Highway 4 toward the Sierra. The park has a new visitor center and a pleasant trail through the giant sequoias. Also I took some pictures of the Stanislaus River that passes through the park. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor 20 mm wide angle lens. Fortunately for me, there were still some dogwoods blooming among the giant redwoods.

Visit to John Muir Home

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Here are some pictures I took visiting John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California. I used a Panasonic Lumix – GF3 mirrorless camera. His home is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture. It’s a intriguing glimpse into the life of John Muir and the age and period he lived in.

Spring Drive in The Delta

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Here are some pictures that I took on a drive with friends in The Delta. We visited Locke Historical State Park along Sacramento River. We stopped for lunch at Giusti’s Place, Walnut Grove, CA. It’s a farmland roadhouse serving food and drink in the California Delta since 1910. I used a Nikon D600 camera with a Nikon 24 to 85 mm lens. We enjoyed beautiful weather, pretty flowers, and delicious food along the way.

Central Florida Atlantic Coast

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Here are more pictures that I took on a recent trip to the Atlantic Coast of Central Florida. The locations include Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station, Hontoon Island State Park (Island Getaway along the St. John’s River), Tosohatchee State Reserve, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Central Florida West Coast

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Here are some pictures that I took on a trip to visit family in Central Florida. These pictures are from Honeymoon Island State Park, Egmont Key State Park, Safety Harbor, and the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyline Bridge. I had a chance to see the real Florida in these parks. Also I soon discovered these parks are a refuge for wildlife and people.