My brother Chris, is a professional photographer. He specializes in natural landscape photography, which living along California’s central coast makes sense. Over the years, he has generously donated some of his pictures to this blog. I also show his Flickr feed, on the right. He sent me these two photos, from last weekend’s adventures. Enjoy!
Chris drove us from Monterey to Half Moon Bay, up the coast on Highway 1. We drove up, straight through, only stopping at our terminus, the Moss Beach Distillery, for lunch. Perched high above the beach, this historic speakeasy features fine food, drink, a great view and tales of rumrunners and a ghost, the Blue Lady. After lunch, we began working our way south again. We stopped at the Pigeon Point lighthouse and various state beaches along the way. Our big stop was Aňo Nuevo State Park, home on the Central Coast for the elephant seals. They have been working hard on renovating this park and there is still work ongoing. We had to take two detours in our 3 mile roundtrip sojourn through the sand. It was a slog, but the many new duckboards made a difference. Next up was Davenport, a coastal town just north of Santa Cruz that is mainly inhabited by surfers. Here was the day’s real mission, the Crack, a coastal rock slough that Chris wanted to photograph and add to his ever burgeoning collection of Central Coast pictures. Chris had brought crampons and kneepads to aid in his scramble across the rocks. I made one lame attempt to follow him, but when an errant wave soaked my shoes, I turned back. Anne and I hung out on the beach occasionally calling Chris just to check on him. We had a LA camera crew for company. They were photographing the sea stack too. After sunset Chris came back and we drove south to Santa Cruz, where we grabbed some pizza for a late dinner. Afterwards, we headed home.
My Bro, Chris, got one of his photos, “Calla Lilies at Doud Creek – Big Sur, CA”, on the cover of Popular Photography magazine last year, after having won 1st Place in the Landscape/Nature category of the magazine’s annual photography contest. Today he learned that another one of this photos (see left) is a finalist in last month’s photo contest, which was held by the same magazine. Way to go Chris! I hope he wins again, but the competition looks pretty tough and includes a lot of other beach scenes to pick from. Chris really works hard to get the best shot. Earlier this year, when we visited him in Monterey, he took us on one of his photo safaris. He took us to many of his favorite photo locales, including Doud Creek. I can’t remember whether or not he took us to Garrapata Beach, but he very well might have. He likes to always shoot around sundown, the magic hour, when the light is at its best. Pictured below is the Master at work on Carmel Beach. He is seen here trying to catch the perfect wave.
First, a shout out to my Dad! He sent me some photographs this month, this one included. It looks quality enough that Chris must have taken it. I like the out of focus image of my Mom in the background. It makes for a nice posing.
Yesterday, when I got home from work, I noticed that the two front iron survey stakes that mark the front part of our lot’s property line had been dug up and circled with pink spray paint. My next door neighbor had received a similar treatment. At first I dismissed the circles as the latest manifestation of the month-long ongoing survey work that our block has had to endure at the hand of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). As I have written before, MSD in acting under court orders to comply with the EPA’s wishes to separate the storm and septic sewer lines throughout the older portions of Saint Louis. MSD has been enjoying a grand graffiti tagging event for around here for a while. Then I noticed that only our two houses were so painted. This made me suspicious. The mystery was cleared up today, when I spoke with my neighbor. One other neighbor also received the pink circle treatment. She still has the old fashion downspouts that drain into the septic line. In additions to the pink circles, she also received a contract offer from MSD to replace her existing downspouts with ones that drain to daylight. My neighbor and I both have downspouts that all drain to daylight, but some of them do go underground first. We each have a downspout in the front that is piped around back to drain. I suspect that the MSD representative didn’t bother to inspect our properties as thoroughly as he should have. I hope no contract offer appears in the future.