Friday, January 3, 2014

My Best Photos of 2013

Mt Seymour, North Vancouver, BC in February.
Mt Baker is in the far distance with Port Coquitlam visible just beyond the chairlift towers on the right.

Snowshoeing through the trails.

Solano County near Winters, CA, in February and March.
Spent 4 Saturdays photographing the trees and sights. I published an iPhoto book with these and many more photos and gave them away as gifts.

Oregon Rest Stop on the I-5 near Salem, OR in June
Family business took me back to Vancouver for a week in June. I saw this truck pulling a carnival ride at a truck stop on the way.

Seattle's Space Needle, Seattle WA, June
From the same drive up to Vancouver.

Solano County in June
It was 110F: 20 minutes outside was followed by uncontrollable sweating.

"The Living Daylights," Playing in Santa Clara, CA in June
New friends made from going to open mics for 5 months trying stand up and sketch comedy. I'll be back at it in 2014.

Below, left to right, Jeff, Marc, Joseph and Clif.

 There was a car show. I like the front license plate on this one.

San Francisco, CA in June
I have a photo of the Empire State Building framed in my house and I thought it was only right to have the West Coast equivalent.

July 4th in San Jose, CA.
This guy put his dog in a motorized basket to the delight of everyone. The dog was also having a good time.

17 Mile Drive, Carmel, CA in July.
Our niece, Angie, celebrating the cool July weather. 59F in summer, 72F in winter due to the seasonal winds.


Amador County, CA near Plymouth in July
Wineries and more.

My sister-in-law, Maggie and our niece, Angie.

Same place a few weeks later: I'd noticed how beautifully soulful the oak trees were when we drove home in July. Mireya and I went back for another look. You can see why ancient peoples chose trees as spiritual representatives. Were some of the most famous religious sites in Europe, for example, once populated by great trees?

What color is the sky, again?

This one is especially spiritual.

Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA, July
Larry taking my sister-in-law, Maggie and my wife Mireya and I on a golf cart tour of the outdoor sets.

This explains the murder at the Bates Hotel, the neighbors in Whoville drove him psycho!

This is the plane wreck from The War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise.

Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA, July
John Paul Getty built this villa to house his art collection.

Venice Beach, Venice, CA, July
Venice faces SW, so this is from the SE to the NW of the beach. Walking from the Marina Del Rey side to the Santa Monica side.

I think this is my photo of the year:

Santa Monica Beach, July
Same day as the Venice Beach photos.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk from the wharf, Santa Cruz, CA, in August

 The steel design of the small roller coaster appears like an abstract sculpture.

Boca Raton, FL, October
At the famous resort for a trade show.

South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, October

Looking north...

 then south.

Moss Landing, CA, November


University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC in November
Our nephew, William, in the foreground with his girlfriend, Sara.

Maggie, Sara, William, Angie, Jessica and Mireya.