California Coast, Fall 2013

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All images using a Canon EOS 5D Mark I digital SLR with either the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens or the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
Hoya UV filters were used on all images except those noted as using a (Hoya) polarizing filter.
Images have been edited only to remove blemishes introduced by dust on the imager, and reduced in resolution to fit an 800 x 600 pixel screen.
All images by Paul J. Lorona unless otherwise credited.

 

Every day, takes figuring out all over again, just how to live.

 

It started out as just a visit, first an aunt in the east bay area and then a cousin in southern Oregon. Along the way we hunted for repeater systems and decompressed. I never feel better than when I have a windshield full of scenery and all kinds of time to share it with someone. A full tank of gas helps, too.

I never touched my camera until we left our aunt in Concord. And the first thing I got it out of the case for was a mountain. An obscured one at that. But we had been in fog and under low clouds since climbing out of Redding on I-5, so when we broke out into the sun I couldn't help but stop and take a few pictures. And so it began. Here is a brief sampling of my work. I hope you enjoy them.

Constructive criticism welcome.

Mount Shasta as viewed from the north in the vicinity of Weed Airport, 29 October 2013 at approximately 1520 hours. 70 mm, 1/200th at f/8 with a polarizing filter.

 

While we were in Concord I received a distressing telephone call. My dear cousin, who we had been planning on visiting anyway, called to let me know that her husband of 51 years had passed away that day. He had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for years, that same vile damned disease that took my father. Joe was almost as old as my father had been, he was 85.

So with this unpleasant news in paw we packed up and motored north up I-5.

It was the first time I had seen my cousin in several years. I found her as I have always found her, with a smile on her face and peace in her heart. In spite of her loss she looked great. I told her so.

My dear Pisti and her care-giver Mindy, shortly after the loss of Pisti's husband. Talent, Oregon, late morning of 31 October 2013. 40mm, 1/200th at f/7.1.

 

Well, as you might expect, some commiserating and reminiscing was in order, and what better way to get that started than over a good meal of El Pato Salsa and some chips. And of course we had to wash it down with something. The first night my elixir of choice was Silver Coyote (who would think?). And I think I enjoyed my namesake with gusto, because we tore it up some, me more than most. But it was OK, it was a night to remember those who had left us and console we who were left. A lot of that got passed around.

Your shaggy friend doing what he does best. Image by Pisti (I think). The evening of 31 October 2013. 20mm, 1/15th at f/4.

 

A couple of evenings later my cousin's daughter showed up. I don't know if Monica is a second cousin, a first cousin once removed, or the cube root of a third cousin thrice rejoiced. In any event she's cuter than ever, and there was more tearing it up when she arrived. And more commiserating, and tears, and giggles,and all that stuff that goes on when loved ones depart. It had been ages since I had last seen her, and it showed on me. She looked exactly the same.

An old dog and one of his cuter cousins. Image by Pisti in the evening of 31 October 2013. 20mm, 1/13th at f/4. ISO 400. Yeah, not much light ...

 

Plans were made and "until we meet again"s uttered, and we hit the trail again on schedule. Out via Grants Pass to US-101 at Crescent City, and then we pointed our noses south and sniffed energetically for grapes.

Near the mouth of the Klamath River on the Hoopa Reservation, near the community of Requa, 1 November 2013 at 1220. 30mm, 1/100th at f/22.

 

And it wasn't too long (about 400 miles, I think) before we found them in abundance. Sliding into a parking stall in Cloverdale, we hit a night spot to plan our assault on some favorite vineyards the following day. And so we did: DeLorimier, White Oak, and Alexander Valley Vineyards figured prominently in our targeting list.

My wildcat. deLorimier Vineyard near Geyserville, 2 November 2013 near the noon hour. 40mm, 1/250th at f/11.

 

There was some sort of wine tour celebration thing going on, and we sort of tailgated on that for a while. We came away at the end of the day with a couple cases of wine and full tummies, so it was all good. Enroute we made some new friends too, and learned some neat things that we will have to further investigate and report upon at some future time.

DeLorimier Vineyard, 2 November 2013 near the noon hour. 17mm, 1/400th at f/14. View looks southeast.

 

And of course it was gorgeous.

DeLorimier Vineyard, 2 November 2013 near the noon hour. 40mm, 1/250th at f/11. Yup, it's windy.

 

I love the sky. DeLorimier Vineyard, 2 November 2013 near the noon hour. 17mm, 1/400th at f/14 with a polarizing filter.

 

And then we motored down US-101 through San Francisco and picked up the Coast Highway (California Highway 1) southbound towards our next destination, the Central Coast wine country. Yeah, in fact, we do like wine. Enroute we passed through Monterey, Big Sur, San Simeon, and Morro Bay. While the wind was really blowing, it was a beautiful day, and once we got south of Big Sur (where all the old hippies that don't live in Ashland, Oregon go for vacation, according to our aunt) traffic was very light.

The Bixby Bridge on California Highway 1 about 13 miles south of Carmel. Bridge construction was completed 15 October 1932, 280 feet high, 714 feet long.
View looks north from near Hurricane Point on 3 November 2013 at about 1240 hours. Division Knoll overlooks the north end of the bridge.
The air is hazy because it is quite windy. 40mm, 1/200th at f/22.

 

Near Hurricane Point on California Highway 1 south of Carmel. 135mm, 1/500th at f/18.

 

The Big Creek Bridge, a few miles north of Lucia, California Highway 1. Completed in 1937, it is approximately 100 feet high and 600 feet long.
3 November 2013 at about 1350 hours, 135mm, 1/250th at f/18.

 

Cheers!

 

Stay tuned for more adventures! Thanks for rolling with us!

 

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