Stay Wild

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Between the Bay Area and the blue border of the Pacific ocean, the Santa Cruz Mountains stretch for over 50 miles. Skyline/CA 35 traces the spine of that ridge, from Fort Funston and Redwood City, through Crystal Springs and Portola Valley, to Palo Alto and Saratoga—and beyond. The country is gorgeous along Skyline. Grasslands and chaparral. Douglas fir, oak, and redwood trees. Families live in these mountains. Among them, my family on my wife’s side. They’re good people, all told. They ride quads and play soccer. They zip line among oak trees. They raise cats and dogs. That freckled teen above is my niece. She’s growing like a cornstalk in a field. I wish many good things for her. But mainly, I hope she stays wild in the mountains for years to come.

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Triptych

 

Trinity?
Be small, serve big?
The art of sacrifice? Or the sacrifice of art?
You be the judge.
After all, you’re the principal in this three-part passion play.

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Young Lady. Bug.

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Alum Rock Park.
Eastern foothills of San Jose.
Blue sky, sparse trees, yellow leaves.
A successful family shoot was in the books.
As I was putting my gear away, Young Lady squealed happily.
She showed me Bug, delighted by the creepy crawly.
I was, too: the red focal point made a good scene.
Not to mention its play with the red scarf.
At f/1.8 my 85mm came to life,
Clicking like an insect.
I like the result.
Cheers.

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Fall in the West

I love my job.
I’m often outdoors,
And I get to meet new people.
Like this family from Redwood City.

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We met at McClellan Ranch in Cupertino for a family session.
It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite locations.
Like me, Mom is a Chico State grad.
Go Wildcats!

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Baby’s eyes are distant-mountain blue.
Stunning, just look at them.

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Mom has a magic touch.
But Dad does, too.
Happy kiddo!

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We wandered from one setting to the next.
Someone’s curiosity was piqued.

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Before long, we found a fence.
Everyone knows photographers love fences.
They make great neighbors.

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We found a clearing at the ranch.
And Family sat down and made googly eyes at each other.

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Baby was indescribably happy, as a result.

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As the sun was setting, Family was game for one more shot.
More than game, what a beautiful setting!

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We said goodbye.
Family drove away.
I went home.
A week later, it happened,
As it always does when a shoot is over.
An image in the collection stands out.
It becomes the icon by which the entire collection is known.
I love this image something fierce.
Everything about it.
And I hope you do, too.

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Confluence

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2018.
End of the year.
We were in Half Moon Bay.
If you squint, you can see my family.
They’re exploring the sea wall,
Which separates the ocean from the harbor.
I was rapt by the setting sun.
But when I saw the fisherman cast,
I knew I had my shot.
A lot’s going on in this image,
Conceptually speaking.
And I like it a lot.
Do you?

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