Through a lens darkly

I spent a somber weekend remembering my mom who passed away in June. Her wedding anniversary and a special Mass remembering parishioners who had passed away during the year filled my thoughts. I… Continue reading

Early arrival

Every October I make a special trip to a small wetlands area outside Lodi. You wouldn’t think Lodi could be home to one of the prettiest scenes I can think of but it… Continue reading

Open House

I haven’t been to an air show in years so when I saw a listing for the Livermore Airport Open House and air show I jumped at the chance to see some aerobatic… Continue reading

On cloud nine

Ever since I had my first film camera I have enjoyed taking pictures of clouds. The first storms of the season were an opportunity to break out the 25A red filter to try… Continue reading

Autumn’s arrival

After a rain storm cancelled my summer-ending hike I decide to greet fall with a trek and headed out to Morgan Territory’s Old Finley Road for the first hike of fall. This would… Continue reading

Summer’s end

I had planned to hike on Saturday, the last official day of summer, but a forecast of rain and thundershowers in the San Ramon Valley area cancelled my plans. Not the way I… Continue reading


“Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself” I’ve been thinking about those words all weekend long.  I have been feeling pretty… Continue reading

Off the beaten path

Hiking is a lot like life; you know where you want to go but sometimes you’re  just not quite sure how to get there.  That was the case today as I made my… Continue reading


A couple of weeks ago I made my fourth trek of the year to the Mount Diablo State Park Summit.  I told myself then that four trips to the top were enough for… Continue reading

A miner’s tale

This weekend’s hike took on more the persona of a history lesson then outdoor excursion. Just outside Antioch sits the remnants of several coal mines abandoned at the turn of the century. The… Continue reading