Saturday, May 27, 2017

Streamlined

When I was a boy, my dad took me to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia when we picked up visitors arriving by train. You could go down to the tracks then, and we'd see the gigantic GG1 engines pull into the station. The streamlined shape was like no other engine I've seen before or since:

PRR-4935, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

I also remember seeing rounded, diesel-belching buses in downtown Norristown. Trains and buses are much more squared-off now—I'm a bit surprised, since cars seem to be more streamlined and aerodynamic. I found this beautiful old school bus a couple of weeks ago, still at work hauling students around Santa Cruz County:

Santa Cruz, California

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Breakfast

Milford, New Hampshire
One of the top three breakfast places in the country.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tall grass at Moore Creek

Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz, California
The grass is growing fast after all the rain we've had this winter (50 inches in Santa Cruz—more than 100 inches up in the mountains).

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunny and Green


After a week of rain and mudslides in Santa Cruz, it's nice to have a sunny weekend.

UC Santa Cruz Farm, Santa Cruz, California
Although we've had lots of rain this winter, California is still dry country. While the reservoirs are full, groundwater aquifers are still overdrawn, and they don't recharge instantly. We can hope for regular rainy winters, but we need to plan for more drought conditions. Anyone who thinks the drought is over for good is fooling themselves.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Waves in Santa Cruz

Huge swells at Steamer Lane this morning. This is a small cove called the Toilet Bowl. On calmer days, daring swimmers jump off the cliff into the swirling waters between waves and climb up the opposite wall to get out. Not today though.

Santa Cruz, California
In the afternoon, a huge swell of humanity descended on downtown Santa Cruz to hope for a more positive future.

Santa Cruz, California

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Green hills and water

We've had a lot of rain over the past week. They call it the Pineapple Express. The gentle hills near Watsonville are much greener than usual, but we've had a number of mudslides in the steeper parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains. And lots of water in the fields and rivers.

Watsonville, California

near Watsonville, California

Watsonville, California


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hills


Route 46 near Bakersfield, California


Route 46 near Bakersfield, California

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Shadows

Santa Cruz, California
Last walk of 2016, overlooking the last beach on West Cliff Drive before Natural Bridges Beach.

Monday, December 12, 2016

St. Thomas harbor

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
(Click photograph to see a larger image.)
I've been exploring the collections at the Library of Congress again, and I discovered this panoramic view of the harbor and town in St. Thomas, taken in 1922, just a couple of years before my mother was born (and only five years after the Virgin Islands became part of the United States). She grew up in town, just up the street from the columned church near the left side of this picture (the St. Thomas Reformed Church).

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Moore Creek Preserve

This is probably my current favorite place to run or hike. Moore Creek is on the western edge of Santa Cruz. It's a city park but also an active cattle ranch. On a clear day, you can see across Monterey Bay all the way to Monterey.

Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz, California

Today, the fog rolled in like a giant wave, obscuring the ocean. This picture seemed to call for black and white.

Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz, California