Sterling, California

Late summer in northern California can see days well into triple digits, but thankfully the Feather River offers a cool retreat from the heat. This particular location, just outside of the small town of Sterling, has been a favorite spot of mine since I was a child. The lush vegetation along the riverbanks and the smooth granite rocks offer up many great nooks to relax in.

One such larger formation in the middle of the rushing river provided Jenn the perfect spot to lie in the sun amongst the tall grasses. The vibrant green providing a stark contrast to the warm skin tones and red hair. This place really is paradise.

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Pleasanton, California

Another image from our short trip to rural Pleasanton in the fall of 2005. This hillside, despite being mostly brown grass provided a great setting for a few shots. The sun was out and there wasn’t a cloud in the late afternoon sky.

In this image, the cloudless sky offered a distraction free area to really capture Jenn with some good contrast. She’s facing west with the lowering sun fully lighting the front of her body and leaving nice, dark shadows behind. The whole image has a sort of radiance to it as Jenn appears to shine in the sunlight.

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Kauai, Hawaii

A beautiful fall day on the island of Kauai. Light rain in the morning with the clouds giving way to the sun and blue skies by the early afternoon. One of the best things that I liked about Kauai was the ability to just drive to another part of the island if it was raining somewhere. Rarely could I not find some sun.

This image was taken during a zip-line adventure that Jenn and I took on our second day on the island. The tour was based in the northern part of the island and was great fun with stunning views and a great group of people.

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Berowra Heights, New South Wales

Hiking back down the hill after watching the sun set on my first night in the Sydney area, Tash mentioned that there had been a fairly big fire some years ago in the area. Scary to think about all the dry brush land being ignited so close to a residential area, but luckily it was contained quickly.

Though no homes were lost or damaged, the brush and trees on the hill top weren’t so lucky. This tree had the base of its stump burned out, but has managed to come back to life and branch out from the destruction. I had to use a flash for some fill light on this one as it was quickly getting dark.

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Late Fall out at the Marin French Cheese Company. The summer leaves have all fallen, the tourists gone, and the picnic benches lie vacant. But despite the decline in visitors over the winter months, this place is still a beauty with the duck pond and rolling hills in the distance. Continue reading



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