Spain – Grazalema – A Spanish village in the province of Cádiz.

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Not far from Ronda, Grazalema is a village located in the northeastern part of the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Pinar mountain range.

In the village center, larger than life size, beautiful bronze sculptures commemorate the “Toro de Cuerda” (Bull on Rope) festival in Grazalema. Restrained on a rope, the bull is allowed to run through streets during the annual festival.

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Spain – Ronda the jewel of Andalusia

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Ronda was my favorite spot in Spain, second only to Barcelona. Ronda has a rich history dating back to the neolithic age, Roman and Moorish influences are embedded in Ronda’s architectural history.

A Wikipedia note: “Orson Welles said he was inspired by his frequent trips to Spain and Ronda (e.g. his unfinished film about Don Quixote). After he died in 1985, his ashes were buried in a well in Ronda, located on the rural property of his friend, the retired bullfighter Antonio Ordoñez.”

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Bodie in the Snow

Photos from October 2008, an early winter storm dumped 3 inches of snow on the old mining town of Bodie in the Eastern Sierras. It was a great photo opportunity.

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Folsom Lake – Birth of a Desert

MLK Day Jan, 20, 2014, Monday afternoon on the bottom of Folsom Lake. What is the fascination with the desiccation of the lake, it’s an in you face example of climate change in California, plain and simple, no rain.

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Haunting Images of Architectural Terra Cotta

Photos from inside the studio and office of Ernest Kadel, the Principal Sculptor, at Gladding McBean in Lincoln, California.

Kadel died unexpectedly in 1959, it was decided that by his fellow artists, to leave the office as a shrine to him and his work, nothing has been touched since that era.

Many historic famous San Francisco buildings have Architectural Terra Cotta fabricated in Kadelís studio including; Hobart, Shell and Russ buildings.

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Ernest Kadel’s Studio at Gladding McBean as it was since 1959, left as a shrine to the artists and designer at Gladding McBean.

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Calatrava Sundial Bridge

The Sundial Bridge in Redding Ca, on the Sacramento River, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. Photographically very challenging, here’s my version.
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Shenandoah Valley

A Few Images for the Young Vineyard in Shenandoah Valley, Plymouth California.masks-1

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Mono Moon

January of 2013, we were driving to Palm Springs for New Year’s and decided to travel over the Sierras via Lake Tahoe and pick up Highway 395, to go south. Its beautiful in any season, but you need to be prepared during the winter months. From Sacramento, we made it all the way to Mono Lake, the sun had just gone behind the mountains, it was about 15∘F.  We noticed all the cars pulled along the side of the road, photographers everywhere.  We stopped and asked what was going on? It was the night before the official full moon, the best time to get the full moon shot with influence from the setting sun. It was a breath taking experience, getting this.

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Mono Moon

 

 

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