California Dreams

After spending a week in northern California and bringing back thousands of photos, JR has narrowed them down to a gallery of about a hundred of the best posted online for your enjoyment – and purchase if you like.

It was a whirlwind road trip originally just to take her mom to see the redwoods. From San Francisco to the northernmost edge of California and back, it became a never ending string of scenic landscapes and seascapes.

It started with a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. A stop along the way at a rustic inn provided the inspiration for seascapes with crashing waves on ancient waterworn rocks and an opportunity for some amazing seaside photography. Making special outings in the early morning and late evening, JR took photos using the special light that can only be found in sunshine reflected on the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Further up the coast, an oceanside town held more than she ever hoped for. Early morning photo excursions resulted in a jetty full of  noisy seals, a beach with the incoming tide swirling around a companion’s feet and a small lighthouse on an island only accessible at low tide.

Returning south using an inland route gave open vistas of forested valleys. The beautiful, misty look of these scenes was bittersweet because the mist was in many cases smoke from nearby forest fires.

Next came the unique grandeur of Yosemite. Nowhere else can you find the scale of trees hundreds of feet tall that are only dwarfed by nearby shear rock walls.

And lastly the city by the bay, where everyone leaves their heart, San Francisco. This is where JR got some great shots of the island of Alcatraz, the fishing fleet, and some very cooperative seagulls.

All of these and more are available at the Wizard’s Touch Designs Online Shop. Picture one of these amazing landscapes or seascapes on your wall. Large quality framed prints, stretched or traditional canvas are delivered ready to hang.

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