Bodega Bay – Off to the Coast

I love the sound of crashing waves. Didn’t think about it much, but once I heard it I felt like taking in all the salty air. A bunch of photographers headed out to Bodega Bay a couple of weekends ago to remember Greg Morris. Bodega Bay played a funny sort of part in his life. A year ago along with other photographers, Greg had a misadventure in Bodega Bay. He ended up with a feral cat. Greg saw a cat in need, and couldn’t say no. Enough said.

Two hours west of Sacramento we entered the town of Bodega.

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Town of Bodega proudly shows off its connection to Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock set his film, The Birds on the Sonoma coast and used Bodega and Bodega Bay. Stopping at The Bodega Country Store we are greeted outside by Alfred Hitchcock. It felt like scenes from The Birds with all the memorabilia displayed. The St.Teresa of Avila Catholic Church located down the block was featured in the movie.  Since it was a Sunday, the church parking lot was full, and I didn’t get the landmark shot.

Meeting up with Greg’s friends and family we reminisced, took a group photo, and made our way to Goat Rock Beach,  the acquisition site of said feral cat.  Memorial came together and we each said good bye to a good friend.

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We set up this memorial site on Goat Rock Beach

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Goat Rock Beach cloaked in a layer of fog.

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Earth moving machine left to rust on the beach.

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I see all kinds of creatures scurrying up the beach

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View of Goat Rock Head

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Look out! Waves are coming.

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All the colors of the Pacific Ocean

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Face splashed. Can you see it?

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Something about the rock’s surface caught my eye.

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This Sea Gull posed for my camera

After lunch we drive to another part of Bodega Bay. This beach had a different look to it.

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Staircase down to Bodega Head Beach. Sand washed away with much rain this winter making the staircase wobble. Beautiful ice plants on the side.

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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach

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Mussels all around

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The plant life gives color to the rocky shore

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Plant life on the California coast. Growing in the beach sand appears this daisy like flower. Do you know the name of this plant. Leaves remind me of Lamb’s Ear.

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Sea Gulls. Couldn’t help it! At least it was not crows. Thank goodness.

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I am mesmerized by the crashing waves.

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A view of beautiful Bodega Head Beach

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I love the textures, splash of color, and patterns found on Bodega Head Beach.

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Later in the day looking down on the Bodega Head Beach. Gorgeous!

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Ice plants in the foreground, Sonoma coast heading north as far as the eye can see.

We head home as the light is leaving us, and look for places to stop along the way.

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Different layers of green enhance the landscape.

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Pulled off to the side of the road to capture this idyllic farm scene. Fog moving in from the coast.

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More impressive than the sunset is the fog rolling in from the coast.

I so enjoyed my time on the Sonoma coast. I took this trip three weeks ago, and it takes me  some time to post this adventure. Maybe I need the time to process in my mind how I feel about my images. Friends of mine get their images up online, sometimes before I even get home. Do I need to work faster? I think that would be too much like a job, and not an act of fun. Still pondering and looking for a workflow that meets my needs, yet keeps the interest of my readers. Toying with the idea of starting a “Sneak Peak” short post, followed by a more complete one.

We shall see. All I know is that I enjoy getting out and seeing new things with my camera along for the ride.

 

 

 

 

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Exploring the Island of Maui

North of Ka’anapali the road narrows, and ends up as one lane. There are rules to take care of the situation when two vehicles meet: the car heading uphill has the right of passage, and the other car or SUV needs to back up. This gets pretty tricky on these curvy roads along the cliffs. Faith in the driver is a must, and the views are worth it.

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!

Kapalua Coast

Kapalua Coast

Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast

Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast

Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities

Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities

I see a face. Do you?

I see a face. Do you?

Lone Pine Tree

Lone Pine Tree

Stopping along the way I could see tourists snorkeling, and traveling on mopeds. Julia’s, a vendor located along the northern coast is mentioned in my tourbook as a “must see” experience. The best banana bread in the world, coconut candy that is very addictive. I hope I didn’t lose her card because the tourbook is right. I am not fond of coconut, but this dried and sweetened candy is hard to pass up.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.

Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!

Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!

Julia has been serving travelers for many years!

Julia has served travelers for many years!

Throughout my travel on the Island I want to include people in my photos. In Lahaina there is a Banyan tree that takes up the entire plaza. Here is a great place to people watch, and I did just that.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.

Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Walking along the touristy street I want to see art work created here. I didn’t want any souvenirs made overseas. I saw a turtule made locally, but I passed up the opportunity, and later could not find it. So tee shirts it would be.

Trinket shops for tourists.

Trinket shops for tourists.

Local street artist at work

Local street artist at work

Lahaina

Lahaina

Iao Valley is beautiful and peaceful now, but it is the scene of a violent past.

Approaching the Iao Needle

Approaching the Iao Needle

Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle

Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle

Higher and higher

Higher and higher

Iao Needle

Iao Needle

Cooling off in Iao Valley

Cooling off in Iao Valley

Luau entertainment provides a look into Hawaiian history and some good images as well.

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies

Royal Lahaina Luau capture on cell.

Royal Lahaina Luau

Luau Entertainers

Luau Entertainers

Entertainers

Entertainers

Entertainer

Entertainer

Don’t know if you can call it street photography if the locale is the beach, but I do.

Enjoying the warm water

Enjoying the warm water

Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach goes on and on

Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach goes on and on

My footprints in the sand!

My footprints in the sand!

Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!

Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!

Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.

Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.

A Look at the Beach

A Look at the Beach

A sunset cruise complete with whale sighting ends our vacation.

Sunset Cruise on cattamoran.

Sunset Cruise on catamaran.

 I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It's there swimming with some buddies.

I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It’s there swimming with some buddies.

Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

 

Many ways to get around Maui

Many ways to get around Maui

Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!

Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!

Vacation over, homeward bound!

Vacation over, homeward bound!

Arrive home, and Sacramento happy with my dog Libby!

 

 

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Maui Arrival

Five hours by jet and Maui is in sight. Hawaiian Airlines arrives at 1 p.m. at Kahului Airport. An airy, open airport with a tropical feel greets the tourists. Some arrange a traditional lei greeting, and all feel the exotic vacation excitement. Those of us from drought stricken California feel instant humidity.

Since this is not my first trip to this Island I look for changes. Starbucks, Costco, and Walmart are now here.  Many make their first stop on Maui at Costco, and arrive at the hotel with a carload of goods.  This a far cry from shopping on the Island when we arrived 25 years with our two kids.

The Royal Lahaina Resort which is actually found north of Lahaina, is a perfect location. The hotel is on the Ka’anapali Beach and the ocean view from our tenth floor balcony is gorgeous.

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Sunset on Ka'anapali Beach

Sunset on Ka’anapali Beach

Maui lends itself to many photographic opportunities, so I select my camera gear carefully for this six-day vacation. I take my Nikon D7100 with two lenses: an all-purpose 18-200mm zoom and a 35mm f1.8 for low light situations. I plan to use my small Olympus mirror-less camera for less conspicuous photography.  My Kipling bag, tricked out with a camera liner I made myself, and fits into a regular backpack with a tablet and a hoodie. My small Lowepro bag with 2 lenses also serves as my purse during travel time. My tablet allows me to check my images each night.

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Poolside activities

Poolside activities

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

Which way?

Which way?

Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus Flower

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Soft colors in paradise

Soft colors in paradise

More photographs coming up. Any favorites?