Thursday, February 4, 2016

Santa Susana Pass

This is one of the areas that is 100% free. All you have to do is drive into the pass, pull over, and climb all over the super photogenic rocks! I suggest winter or spring, when things are still lovely and green.


The stormtrooper that guards the San Fernando Valley.

Guardian of the Valley


Los Angeles can be beautiful when it gets rain.

Lovely Hill


A sandstone mountain man.

Mountain Man





A barrel hoop that's older than everyone you know.

Centennial Barrel Hoop


Dragons of Earth and Air.

Dragons of Earth and Air

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Whale Watch from the Aquarium of the Pacific

We did not actually see any whales on this trip out, but we did get a good amount of dolphin pods. Plus, most boat trips are pretty photogenic, anyways. See what I mean!


A moody shot of my beloved Queen Mary.

My Beloved Queen


The Los Angeles Harbor light.

Los Angeles Harbor Light


Sailing into the sun.

Sailing into the Sunset


...and further into the sunset.

Sunset Sailboat


Actual dolphins! I got more than this shot, but this is the best.



A harbor sunset.

Harbor Sunset


The Mary as evening falls.

My Queen in the Evening


A lighthouse in the park. This park is totally free, by the way, and very photogenic. You should swing by!

Lighthouse at Night

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific

We're members this year, so I've been spending more time at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I took a few more photos I thought you might enjoy!


A sea lion being majestic.

Majestic Sea Lion


Pastel sea jellies.

Pastel Sea Jellies


This went through a few Lightroom filters to get these colors, but I love the way this came out.

Filtered Fish


Another sea lion, this one being a serene sea creature.

Serene Sea Lion


One of my favorite sea jellies at the Aquarium. I like this one because of how nautical he is, being all white with little navy blue stripes.

Nautical Looking Sea Jelly

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Dana Point Tall Ships Festival

This completely qualifies for this page. It was under ten dollars to get in, and there were MANY tall ships to explore, complete with re-enactors, demonstrations of sailors adjusting sails, things for the kids to do, beautiful photography art being sold. It was well worth the entry to see these lovely vessels.


A reflection on sailing.

Reflection on Sailing


Everything sorted and ship shape!

Everything Sorted


Baggywrinkles in the Wind.

Baggywrinkles in the Wind


Some Steps to the Sea, Stowed.

Steps to the Sea, Stowed




Monday, June 1, 2015

More Aquarium of the Pacific Shots.

There were so many good pictures from the Aquarium that I put them into two different sets. I didn't want to overwhelm people with penguin photos and then expect them to appreciate fish, even pretty fish! Here are my best shots from the Aquarium (which is SO worth the entrance price!)


Some lovely underwater creatures.

Undersea Beauty


One of the weedier weedy sea dragons.

Weedy Sea Dragon


A big, friendly, and vaguely scary looking fish.

Scary Friendly Fish


That's a moray!

That's A Moray


They have a tank just for cute little sea worms!

Sea Worm!


Now THIS is a beautiful fish!

Beautiful Fish

Queen Mary

The fact that this blog is two years old and still has no pictures of the Queen Mary in it is pretty amazing. I think in my life I have taken more pictures of Mary than any other place and thing in the world, and that includes my cats and childhood home.


A shot on the way in, with a little photo editing. She has gorgeous lines.

Side View of Mary


An art deco guard rail in the Observation Bar.

Guard Rail Detail


The brass bell with her name on it, on the port side of the Promenade deck.

Brass Bell


Art deco air vent and some barstools, in the Observation Bar again. You really should visit. She's a gorgeous lady.

Grill Detail

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

One of the things in Southern California that is totally worth the entrance price is the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. We were there last February and got to spend some time with the penguins. Of course, I took many, many penguin photos!


One of the more moodily lit penguin shots.

Moodily Lit Penguin


Feeding time!

Penguin Feeding Time


I'm pretty sure this is Paddles, because she's young and all her contrasting tones haven't come in yet.

Penguin Profile

Truly majestic creatures.

Majestic Penguin


Curious little thing.

Curious Penguin