Sunset at Lake Garda. Why are those people standing in the boat? (Italy)
These pelicans, knowing that the huge storm was just minutes away, flew in from the water -- it was like a busy airport scene -- and huddled together on the piers. (Fort Myers Beach, Florida.)
I was trying to find a different way of shooting the Golden Gate Bridge. The sky was redder than normal -- with more particulate matter -- because of a huge forest fire blown in from Santa Cruz. (San Francisco)
Every day, the sunrise palette of colors is different. The alchemy of lights on clouds. (Shot from Mt. Tam toward the East Bay.)
Just an ordinary-extraordinary street and an ordinary-extraordinary sky. Nothing special. (San Francisco)
It was so hot in the burning sun that I speculated that the hard, dry grass might suddenly burst into flames. But there was all that rippling water, just in case. (Shot at Lake Lagunitas reservoir, above Fairfax, Marin County, CA.)
It's at Jenner that the Russian River meets the fog-bathed Pacific Ocean, and what magic light-shows we get to see there! (California)
Blue Mosque at dusk. (Turkey)
Night at the mosque. (Istanbul, Turkey)
At sunrise, scores of silent hot-air balloons come to visit the natural architectural wonders ("fairy chimneys") of Kapadokya. The gorgeous light on the unique formations is breathtaking. (Turkey)
Some of these huge, weird formations are turned into hotel rooms in Kapadokya. (Turkey)
Hot-air balloons take the sightseeing tourists within a few feet of Kapadokya's mysterious formations. (Turkey)
Some of the cloud formations shot at dawn from Mt. Tam -- this one of San Francisco Bay, with Sausalito in the foreground -- are ineffably mind-blowing. (Marin County, CA.)
In a small, forgotten town near Lake Okeechobee, Florida.
"There's a world to smell and run in but this guy keeps me on this damn leash!" (Bernal Heights, San Francisco)
Horizontal light-catching from the Tennessee Valley trail. (Marin County, CA.)
The bridges of the Seine are endlessly eye-catching, especially at dusk. (France)
On a bike ride on an early Sunday morning, we found a different, close-up way to view the majesty of the tower. (Paris)
From the Trocadero area, I caught this adventurous general determined to ride his horse all the way to the top of the tower. The horse seemed nervous and scared, but went for it anyway. (Paris)
This horseman just rode into the ready-made photo shoot, back-lit by a setting sun. (Paris)
Now, that is wisteria! You emerge from the Metro dimness and this gorgeous purple bouquet bursts into your eyes. (France)
Do the pelicans wonder if the ocean continues beyond the horizon line or are they nervous that they might just fall off into the void? (Fort Myers Beach, Florida)
On an ordinary morning, one peers through the blinds in the bedroom at 6:15 a.m. and, wow! (Bernal Heights, San Francisco)
When all the spaces are occupied on the pier, the rest of the sun-worshipping seals weave themselves into a kind of raft, constantly creating new patterns. (Santa Cruz, CA.)
The fog blanket lifts just enough for San Francisco's downtown skyline to poke its head out. Taken from the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, CA.
There are actually three 90-foot-high figures in this powerful sculpture ("Molecule Man") by American artist Jonathan Borofsky in the River Spree in Berlin, symbolizing the post-Cold War unity of the city.
I was surprised by how much detail showed up in this image of the tree off the undulating Stow Lake waters in Golden Gate Park. An added pleasure: knowing I would never be able to get this shot again. Here and gone.
I love shooting at this time of day, just before the sun rises over the East Bay hills to illuminate the Bay and city. A promise of what's to come: the pull of anticipation.
I usually dislike poles and wires intruding into my clean, precise "arty" shots. But nature always reminds me that everything is beautiful, necessary. Unless I adjust the way I look at (and truly see) the world, I won't be open to shots like this.
Caught this image at the old fishing village of China Camp, near San Rafael. Nice to know that the Chinese fishermen also caught abalone in addition to their main source of income: tiny shrimp.
"MOLECULE MAN," BERLIN
American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky placed these 90-feet high figures in the River Spree, in Berlin. The day I was there, the clouds added to the mood of huge men wrestling for control -- an illusion to East Berliny/West Berlin?
This could be a huge planet present at some extraordinary cosmological event, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in deep outer space. It was actually a dish on a neighbor's roof as the sun rose over San Francisco Bay.