Santa Ana, California (September 2007) John Wayne Airport - Passengers taking off into the beautiful sunset over Newport Beach. This photo was taken from the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary next to the airport.
Ramona, California (May 2008) Ramona Airshow - The Avenger was a torpedo plane used by the U.S. Navy. It saw its first combat at the battle of Midway, but it wasn't until later battles that it made its mark in history. It could attack with either a torpedo or standard bombs. Distinguishing characteristics include a long internal torpedo bay and a revolving turret for a rear-facing gunner.
Irvine, California (September 2007) San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary - More than 300 acres in size, SJWS has more than ten miles of trails ranging from elevated, wide, packed dirt trails around ponds to lower, narrower trails as one moves north from the entrance trails. The sanctuary is a sustainable urban landscape comprising riparian areas, freshwater holding ponds, mild slopes, and seasonal meadows/marshes on the Pacific Flyway.
Trinity County, California (September 2009) State Highway 299 - The Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River, approximately 130 miles, in northwestern California. Considered especially scenic, along most of its course it flows swiftly through tight canyons and mountain meadows.
Fullerton, California (July 2009) Fullerton Arboretum - is a wonderful place where you can inhale the fragrances of the Mediterranean, feel the cool shade of the redwood forest, delight in the glorious fall color of the northeastern United States, hear the rustle of the palm trees, take a break in a desert oasis, laugh at the funny forms of succulents, and breathe in the perfume of old fashioned roses. This collection of more than 4,000 plants, on 26 acres, is important for other reasons as well. The Fullerton Arboretum helps us to understand the diversity of the world’s plant life and the importance of protecting the earth’s plant treasures.
Garden Grove, California (Sometime way in my past) Gionet Home - A family together...it doesn't get any better than this! Pictured in this photo starting from front left around the table: Joyce, Neil, Brian, Elaine, Nicole, Nancy, Mike, Mom, Me.
What am I thankful for? I am thankful that God is in control in a world that seems to be out of control. Blessings everyone!
Jerome, Arizon (July 2008) Cleopatra Hill - The road signs along the back road into Jerome are obviously used for target practice. Jerome is located at 5,200 feet between Prescott and Flagstaff this historic copper mining town was once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome grew from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history, resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899.
Pacific City, Oregon (September 2009) Cape Kiwanda - Oregon's largest sand dunes that rewards you with a sweeping view of the coast on either side of Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock. This is a popular location for sandboarding.
Inyo National Forest, California (September 2005) Patriarch Grove - The grove is the home of the world's largest Bristlecone Pine, the Patriarch Tree, which are thought to reach an age far greater than that of any other single living organism known, up to nearly 5,000 years. The Bristlecone Pine Forest is located at 10,000 feet and it's splendid remoteness and moonscape appearance gives the Patriarch Grove a surreal atmosphere. Bristlecone pines and limber pines dot the landscape with a background view of the Great Basin in Nevada.
Today was Isabelle's Thanksgiving lunch with family at her preschool. The kids were so cute, but I was not aware that the pilgrims celebrated with mini corn-dogs and juice boxes. I guess I should have paid better attention in history class.
Pismo Beach, California (July 2005) Sand Dunes of Pismo Beach are a great place to practice action photography. I realize this is not much of an inspirational image, but the photo is fun and the caption was an obvious choice from one of my favorite movies.