Sunrise on the Bay

Yee Tock Chee Park – Sausalito, California

Many years ago I visited Sausalito several times per year for a lengthy and intense business conference, which was quite draining mentally and emotionally. Since the conference usually dragged well into the evening hours, early morning each day was the only time I had to recharge for the next conference onslaught. I would get up before dawn, grab a steaming cup of Starbucks, and meander around the shoreline – looking for photo opportunities and scenes of beauty to brace me for the rest of the day.

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Sunrise over San Francisco Bay
Yee Tock Chee Park
Sausalito, California
November 2007
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd digicam

A Living Church in a Ghost Town

Ukrainian Catholic Church – Centralia, Pennsylvania

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pennsylvania is one of the few structures of the entire town of Centralia that remains standing — after a disastrous coal mine fire that began back in May 1962, which is expected to burn for hundreds of years. The rest of the town was declared a disaster zone and virtually all of the homes and businesses were razed, except for a few stubborn hold-outs. The church remained open — even though the town vanished around it — and a 1987 survey discovered that the building was on bedrock rather than coal, so plans to demolish the it were abandoned, and it remains open to this day.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Centralia, Pennsylvania
November 2013
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera

Nature Finds A Way

Douglas Fir – Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year, but it’s especially photogenic in the cooler months when snow might show up. We arrived for this particular visit the day before Thanksgiving in November, stayed long enough to see snow cover the amazing features of the surrounding terrain, and ended up enjoying two Thanksgiving meals in the process. Now that’s what I call a proper holiday!

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Douglas fir
Bryce Canyon National Park
Tropic, Utah
November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 digicam