Pacific Grove here we come!

A couple of weeks ago we took the opportunity to head to Pacific Grove. Just a quick getaway for our 49th anniversary.

These two were engrossed in conversation. The light was right, and I took the shot.

Breakfast stop at Starbucks

Usually we stop near Gilroy to get some Bing Cherries. With the long rainy season the crop of Bings were delayed. All the end of season rain did not help with this crop.

Got some cherries, just not Bings.
Split cherries

Arrived in Monterey, and decided to explore Fisherman’s Wharf.

Boats awaiting destinations.
Tourists passing street musician.
Interesting way to repurpose a parking meter.
Getting hungry. Tempted with clam chowder.
Cute face!
Life altering copping! We needed to see what this was all about.
Great lunch/dinner. Not sure how my life has been altered? But my tummy was satisfied!
Got so busy eating that I didn’t catch a photo of the cioppino.
Had to grab this sign at another eating establishment. A whole lot of NO!
More street photography from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Our lodging this time was near Asilomar Beach.

The next day we decided to spend in Pacific Grove. Our grab and go breakfast did not make the cut. We went looking for something to eat.

Kind of a running joke. Often we enter somewhere new and follow signs that promise “Information”. But we usually find this not a very helpful way to go.
Interesting sign tells everyone not to play with wind chimes. But where are they? A little late, or did they remove them for safe keeping.
Peeking through the lattice.
Haircut Time!

Many buildings have found new purpose in Pacific Grove. The landmark store now is home to many businesses. This gas station has found a different kind of customer.

After walking along main street in Pacific Grove we head out to Lover’s Point. Sea Gulls and squirrels are unafraid of people.

I’ll pose for you!

Walking along I found some objects to capture my attention.

Got so close to these squirrels with my Fuji xt2 18-55mm lens.

No extra cropping necessary. We just watched each other.
Pretty soon another squirrel joined the party.
Lover’s Point overlooks Monterey Bay.

Watching season 2 of Big Little Lies. Looking for location shots.

Oh, to live near the water!

Ready for an afternoon snack. Belgium Waffle ordered and eaten.

Two forks. We shared this tiny waffle.

Caught a couple more images, and we head back to cottage to relax before dinner at The Fishwife.

Goodbye Pacific Grove. Time to drive home.

Driving next to us while we wait in traffic. Don’t want to end up like these cars.

Fun getaway. Guess I need to plan some more. Where do you like to go when you have a couple of days?

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UC Davis Arboretum Spring Exploration

Rain is needed here in Northern California, but I’ll take the great Spring weather opportunities and photograph all the beautiful scenery.  I joined Anne and Laura last weekend as we made our way to the UC Davis Arboretum. I tried out a new Black Rapid Kick sling camera strap and my neck was happy with the change. Waiting to add an Op/Tech  safety tether and Kirk clamp so that I can use my Really Right Stuff  L Bracket  and tripod easily. Then I will feel secure with my equipment. Switched between two lenses; my Nikon 24-120 lens for my landscape shots, and my Nikon 70-300 to capture wildlife. After watching a documentary about Vivian Maier, a street photographer, I keep my eyes open to capture interactive stories. I’m looking for ways to expand my skill of observation. Spring has sprung here in Northern California. Trees in bloom, turtles sunning themselves, and ducks following nature’s call. People out enjoying this perfect weather, picnicking, catching some rays, biking and jogging,  couples sharing meaningful looks, and dogs and their people spending time together. I hope you enjoy some of the images I captured. What says “Spring” for you? For those not enjoying Springtime, Winter will give way to this time of color soon.

Red Bud tree blossoms.

Red Bud tree blossoms.

Enjoying the green of Spring.

Enjoying the green of Spring.

Strolling along

Strolling along

Great Egret hanging out

Great Egret hanging out

I agree, it's a beautiful day!

I agree, it’s a beautiful day!

"I'm concentrating on dinner."

“I’m concentrating on dinner.”

"I gotcha!"

“I gotcha!”

Magnificent plumage on this Great Egret.

Magnificent plumage on this Great Egret.

These large waterbirds are Double-crested Comorants. They have pretty green eyes.

These large waterbirds are Double-crested Comorants. They have pretty green eyes.

Caught this family observing ducks. Mom grabbing a cell phone snap.

Caught this family observing ducks. Mom grabbing a cell phone snap.

Western Scrub Jay consuming a tasty treat. Just not my first, second, or tenth choice.

Western Scrub Jay consuming a tasty treat. Just not my first, second, or tenth choice.

"Make room for me! I'm coming aboard."

“Make room for me! I’m coming aboard.”

A family of turtles out enjoying the sun!

A family of turtles out enjoying the sun!

Posing squirrel watching something.

Posing squirrel watching something.

Love the shape of this tree.

Love the shape of this tree.

Looks like green carpet.

Looks like green carpet.

My street photography tells a story!.

My street photography tells a story!.

Grafitti looks like petroglyths

Grafitti looks like petroglyths

Artistic Restroom on UC Davis campus

Artistic Restroom on UC Davis campus

My kind of "Selfie" with friends.

My kind of “Selfie” with friends.

Impressionistic style photograph

Impressionistic style photograph