Castle and Heather

Eilean Donan Castle, nestled into lush heather and set against the misty Coille na Totaig, shows a more playful version of ‘dark and stormy’.

Dandelion Anatomy

A common, familiar weed resembles an array of alien limbs, or possibly a bouquet of sparklers. [Note to judges: Apologies if I’ve miscategorized this image. I wasn’t quite sure where it belonged.]

Clematis Poof

A clematis seed, when dried, transforms into a festive puffball.

California Buckeye

A short trek up a steep hill rewards us with a California Buckeye in full bloom.

Strawberry Mochi

The hills are alive just north of San Francisco…and I can’t remember where I parked the car.

Blue Lagoon

A shroud of fog protects a secret archipelago inside North America’s oldest wildlife refuge.

The SS Point Reyes

A worn and weathered fishing boat rests against a sandbar on Point Reyes Peninsula, California.

Golden Hour is Golden

Late day sun illuminates coast live oaks along California’s Diablo Range foothills, providing a perfect moment of escapism.

Detour

A narrow road winds through rolling hills of alternating brightness and shadow. Valley oaks and wild oats rustle in the warm, dry breeze.

Pelicans at Rest

A cliffside pelican rookery in Point Lobos, California creates some of the most delightful coastal scenery anywhere.