Wednesday, January 11

daydreamer

50mm - ISO 250 - f/2.8 - 1/400ss

My little daydreamer (Norman)...  both cats love to sit and sleep in our front bay-window.  They love to bask in the sun as it's a south facing window they get some sort of warmth most of the day.  They also love watching the birds fly around the big bradford pear tree and stalk the rabbits that munch on our flowers.  Norman especially loves those big ole doves that pickup the leftover seeds on the ground.  He even enjoys people watching in the late evening.

I can only imagine what goes on in those little noggins of theirs.  BUT if I were thinking what he wishes for in this image... it would be spring.  When all those beautiful animals lay foot in "his" lawn again...  me too Norm...  me too...

Thursday, January 5

hello new year.




and you get a cat.  a cat who refused to look at the camera.


Well hello 2017!  I contemplated not taking photos of the stendig calendar changing anymore; but Joe said, "well take photos of me this month".  Well okay!  So instead you get to see this handsome fellow change the calendar and Contessa looking pretty.

Happy New Year to ya!

Wednesday, December 21

San Francisco - part iii

As there is a 3 hour difference from the east to west coast it was rather easy to make the sunrise at Vista View of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was definitely not the only photographer there.





We continued our way to the Point Bonita Lighthouse (foggy area below).  However, the walking through tunnel to get there was closed until the afternoon.  Unfortunately, we were not able to make it back.  However, we did enjoy listening to the waves crash on the rocks below and the pretty view.



The lighthouse is behind that giant rock, but loving the warm golden light.



As we were leaving (in the car), we decided to make a roundabout for some reason into a parking lot where we met a Coyote.  I have a feeling people would feed him as he was not shy from us (or our car - which we stayed in).  Joe didn't even want me to roll the window down (too bad - it had to happen).




Next stop was Sausalito.  It was a beautiful day walking amongst the sailboats and quaint little town to adventure, eat and shop of course.









Next stop was the Bay Model.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model is a working hydraulic scale model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System.  We spent about an hour or so there listening to the audio where it walked you around to different stops. The center is approximately 2 football fields.  Quite a large model.  It wasn't really my thing, but it was still interesting to learn about how it operates and what it was used for.  You'll have to use the google machine on that one.  (:




During our honeymoon we had one picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, because our camera died right when we got there.  This time we made sure we had a fully charged camera and took ample pictures.  We even walked about halfway across the bridge.




Cute little guy.











Joe was so proud of his little rainbow.





From here we will say farewell San Fran.  It was nice seein' ya again.

Monday, December 19

San Francisco - part ii

On our second day in California we drove to Muir Woods for a little adventuring.  I will say that Muir Woods is NOTHING like what Redwoods National Park is.  nothing.  It's tiny and the trees aren't nearly as big.  However, it was fun to reminisce about the Redwood portion of our honeymoon.  If you visit San Fran, it's worth the 6 hour drive north to the heart of the Redwoods.  No doubt about it!

Muir Woods













Joe was jealous of my tree hugging photo from our honeymoon.  As you will see from the Redwood below those trees were much larger in size and the park itself was huge too.  A lot more opportunity for adventuring at the heart of it all.

HONEYMOON PHOTO circa 2008 
"Avenue of the Giants - Redwood National Park"






Joe said, OH we should have our photo made here so we are backlit!  He knows too much about photography.  Love that man of mine.



Teeny tiny Joe...



Muir Woods Beach Overlook






Next stop was lunch at Stinson Beach.  Here we saw a sea-lion swimming through the waves.  We also found a few large rocks and seashells to bring home with us to put in our beach themed bathroom.  Probably frowned upon, but my bathroom likes it.  


I walked slowly and not too close to this 'sweet' little seagull to make his picture.  He apparently he called them ALL off because they started to fly away and right OVER US!  Joe was laughing at me because I was screaming, "they are going to poop on me! they are going to poop on me!" whilst still making pictures.  HA







Tree shrouded entry at Point Reyes North District Operation Center



We both found the terrain very interesting here.  We were so close to the coast and there was farmland with cows everywhere.  Just seemed so odd.



We spotted a deer (below)


Point Reyes Light House area


308 steps (one-way)





More deer (below)





Mount Vision Drive - Tomales Bay View





meep meep car



We ALMOST made sunset.....