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BASE CAMP MONTEREY

Exploring Outdoor California from Monterey

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Teaching Old Lenses New Tricks

Let me start out by saying this post is a little nerdy. Nerdy, but fun. Maybe even practical. I have a few Mamiya 645 lenses sitting in the cabinet and seeing as there are adapters for mounting almost any lens on almost any body, I bought one to use these...

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Gold Country Nugget

The desk clerk said "Monday and Tuesday nights are good nights to stay. The rooms are quiet. There’s no Karaoke in the bar on Monday and Tuesday nights.."  I'm guessing that's a good tip, in a sideways kind of way. I had thought about a trip to the ‘gold...

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Rock nut? Listen Up

I’ve had the bug to get back over to the Long Valley Caldera along the eastern Sierra region since I drove through the area a few years ago. On that day, it was a cool June morning. I was heading North on US 395, eastern Sierra on the left, and over to the...

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Little Lakes, Big Views

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Twice in a Lifetime

As I’ve confessed before, I’m a bit of a wildflower junkie.  Last year (March 2016) I read an article about the once in a generation ‘superbloom’ in Death Valley. So I dropped what I was doing, took off for Stovepipe Wells and got a pretty good, below sea level,...

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The Mission San Miguel Archangel

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Big Basin, Big Trees

  The big trees can be hazardous... I spent so much time looking up instead of at the trail beneath my feet that I stumbled at least 15 times on the ten miles of trails we hiked through Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  But you can’t help yourself. As the trails put you...

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The Pinnacles, in Full Bloom

The big El Nino was a bit of a bust. We did get more rain than we’ve had in the previous five winters around here, but nothing like the ‘biggest El Nino event in 50 years’ was expected to bring. As it turns out, we had just enough to get the hillsides green, trigger...

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Red Rock Wonder

I was driving up off the Mojave on CA 14 on my way to Death Valley to shoot the rumored 'Superbloom' out there this year.  As I drove up a rise off the desert floor, the flat expanse of the Mojave suddenly gave way to 5 story-high palisades of red and orange sandstone...

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Death Valley Comes to Life

I’ve got this thing about shooting wildflowers.  I think it’s something about filling the viewfinder with the vivid colors and symmetry that can be a little elusive, all while outside in the fresh air that makes it a pleasing, heartfelt pursuit. It’s kind of the same...

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The Color Green

With no meaningful rain in the the last four years, whatever color was in the oak leaves had drained away along with the water table, leaving wooded views so muted that you really began to wonder: just how much more will this landscape be able to stand? Then it...

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Ewoldsen: A Better Way to the Top

Note: Because of the 2016 Soberanes fire, this trail, along with all trails on the east side of Hwy 1 in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice.  Check here for more information. The last time I set out on a Big Sur hike overlooking Hwy 1, I...

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