Tag Archives: California

Photo 101, Day 5: Solitude, Pacific Ocean-style

When I read the Photo 101 assignment focusing on solitude and the rule of thirds, I immediately thought of this shot I took in October 2011. It’s an image of my brother looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Based on … Continue reading

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On vacation in California, the camera goes to the dogs

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — It takes about a week in Northern California to give up trying to capture the beautiful scenery with a phone camera, so you do the next best thing — take pictures of dogs. That’s easy to … Continue reading

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A tell-tale sign of a good vacation

We came across this street sign while out on a run during vacation in Northern California. The sign marks a street adjacent to an elementary school, and it fits our mood after putting cold, snowy upstate New York in the … Continue reading

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It’s easy to bitch about the Post Office, but . . .

This is not a rant about the U.S. Postal Service — even though a “Priority Mail” birthday package I sent last month is in limbo somewhere on the West Coast. True, my son’s birthday box of presents (and cash) hasn’t arrived … Continue reading

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You are now free to move about … the rest of your life

I’ll take my metaphors wherever I can get ’em. This one came courtesy of a flight attendant — four of them, actually — on my recent vacation. A cross-country trip from the snowy Northeast to sunny California (and back home, … Continue reading

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Welcome words of encouragement: “Way to go, guy!”

I’ve had the good fortune to spend some quality vacation time in San Clemente, a gorgeous beach city in southern California. The city slopes down to the Pacific, and the beach area is a haven for surfers, swimmers, runners and … Continue reading

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