Road Trippin – Tucson

My husband and I have never seen Austin, TX but have heard all about it, so we finally made the decision to go see it for ourselves! I decided to drive from San Diego plotting my route to maximize photo opportunities and meeting my husband’s flight in Austin where we will stay for a week. So far it’s been an easy, fun, relaxing and rewarding trip.  My first night was in Tucson where I visited the well know St Phillips of the Hills church. An historic and very beautiful church akin to many of the Missions you see up and down the coast of California built under the direction of Father Junipero Serra.  This first installment highlights a few of my favorites from the church and surrounding Tucson area.

St Phillips of the Hills Church Door

Bird nest in a Cactus

Night Time is the Right Time – Part 1

Inspired by an article I read on Tuts and a visit from two of my nieces which landed me in downtown San Diego very late into the night I took this series of the Gaslamp district and part of San Diego’s waterfront after dark. Enjoy!

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USS Midway

Coronado Bridge

Thanks Spain!

It’s always nice when someone comes to visit us in San Diego and we are forced to slow down and revisit some of the great places around town that we take for granted.  One of those places is Cabrillo Point.  A beautiful historic site about which the NPS says  “ In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.” The Point is named in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer,  who in 1542 stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.   For most of San Diego this wonderful Park has much to offer. A breathtaking overlook to the bay, the city and Coronado Island; tide pooling; whale watching – during the annual migration of Pacific Grey Whales to Mexico from December to February; Military History and hiking on the 2 mile Bayside Trail.

There is also the crown jewel -a wonderful historic lighthouse The Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is one of the original 8 lighthouses on the west coast. It still stands where it always has restored to exhibit a tiny slice of life from the 1800’s.  Here is an interesting piece of information regarding the lighthouse from the NPS  “Did you know that, back in the mid- to late-1800s, children of light keepers at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument had to row a boat from Point Loma to Old Town San Diego to get to school?” No I didn’t!  If you would like to learn more about this beautiful and interesting historic place look here: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Enjoy a view from the Point without having to visit! Beginning with the foreground is Coronado Island Naval Air Station, the San Diego Bay, city views and finally the hills of Mexico in the distance.  The other shots are of the Old Lighthouse interior staircase and exterior shot.  Please visit www.MScott-Photography.com for archival prints, photo cards and boxed sets.  If you like what you see I invite you to comment!

Mojave Mojo

Back from a long weekend outside of Kernville, CA; Stayed at a beautiful cabin on the edge of the Sequoia National Forest.  It was located 7 miles, and a twenty degree temperature difference , straight uphill from Wolford Heights.  Wanted to ride the whitewater even though the river isn’t that great this year but had our doggie with us and nowhere to stow her while we rafted – so next time!

To get there from here (San Diego) you need to drive across a large stretch of the Mojave. I wouldn’t want to live in the desert but I do love to drive through it. It feels like anything could happen and is full of interesting things to see.   If you haven’t been –  It’s not like the Lawrence of Arabia type desert with flowing sand dunes. It’s a rugged, harsh landscape; full of rocks, hills, hard packed sand, cacti, Joshua trees and scrub. Here are a few shots from my view….  For more of my work look here: MScott-Photography.com

You can NEVER have enough Cactus ….or gifts for that matter!

Could be Iraq!

Joy and Peace inside Sadness and Chaos

Finding time to post not to mention photograph these last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult.

There have been two quick trips back to back, the relapse of my elderly dog who thankfully looks to be back on track and the sudden wonderful busyness in my professional life… BUT as a solo act this means I am the only one doing all the work. The actual photography I love, of course!  The business side… not so much.   Accompanying the wonderful uptick in business has been a month of hard learned lessons. Lessons I didn’t want to learn…reminders of how, no matter how much we want to trust humankind, everyone does not want the best for you… This kind of realization is particularly hard hitting for someone scoring off the charts as an empath.  To further complicate things I am simultaneously in the midst of re-doing my web site. I think it will be wonderful when complete and hope to stay sane until it is!

So – I have missed a few weeks of sharing with you here… but did manage to capture a moment that truly made me smile and one that brought a feeling of peace.  I share those with you today in the hopes that they will do the same for you.

Sunset last night N San Diego County….

Hummingbird – Glendale, AZ  10 days ago

Clouds In my Eyes

One of the wonderful (and dangerous) things about where I live is the sheer number of wineries in close proximity! Recently we drove to Temecula to try a few new places. It was a day with “weather” which we don’t have often enough…. I took full advantage.

One tip to share. If you are tasting, look in the local markets before you buy at the tasting room. You will often save yourself a fair bit of money.

Air and Land

This post is definitely of a local nature.  As I’ve said we live in Escondido just north of San Diego and one of our local gems is Lake Hodges. Within the park are miles of multi-use trails as well as boating, fishing, bird watching etc. You can feel very far from civilization in some areas of the park which I love. It has become one of my favorite dog friendly day hikes.   The birds are definitely a draw for me and if you are a bird enthusiast you should know that Lake Hodges has been named a globally important bird area since 1999, an important distinction for the park. There are upwards of 200 avian species that reside at or visit Lake Hodges each year, and thousands of migratory birds that winter at the lake.  Take for example the beautiful great egret I was able to photograph standing just feet from me. Enjoy todays series from one of my favorite places.

Morning!!

Good morning everyone! This is the sight I awoke to yesterday…I had to stumble around trying to find my camera before I even had coffee… A little back story. We live in Escondido which is in N. San Diego County. It’s a place I never thought I would even consider as we love the beach.  The many other times we have been stationed in San Diego we have all but once chosen the beach, at the very least have been in San Diego proper. Escondido seemed like a stretch but we loved the house, location and of course the view!! Now you can see why – the hills are just so lovely and different every morning.

This was shot at f/22, 1/125, ISO 320 and post processed with NIK HDR  but using a single image – I am fascinated by HDR but haven’t seriously given it much thought until recently. I am starting to experiment with it and see what I think. So far I like!

FYI I should mention I have sold and do sell all my prints on a variety of mediums.  I have an in-house Epson R3000 and a variety of gorgeous papers as well as contacts to print on canvas, metal and slate…  I am also working on a line of handmade photo cards. What can I say I like to be busy and create!!  If any of that interests you let me know or pass it on! : )

Have a great day! 5 days until Christmas!!!!