A child waits for the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight to stop in San Jose so he can visit Disneyland with his grandmother.
Portland (Oregon) Union Station
This station is the origination/termination point for a section of Amtrak's Empire Builder to Chicago (the other section serves Seattle) and a stop on the Los Angeles-Seattle Coast Starlight and Cascade trains, which serve the corridor between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
Wizard Island, a miniature volcano, pokes its head above the waters of Crater Lake, which fill the caldera of an older and much larger volcano, Mount Mazama, which exploded in prehistoric times.
Yosemite National Park
A train of pack horses delivers supplies to some of Yosemite's backcountry camps.
This mansion in Asheville is the largest privately owned house in the United States, built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II as a summer home.
My home state and a place I still love to visit.
My hometown was a railroad town. Most of my male relatives were railroad men. And I worked on the railroad during the summer when I was a college student.
I ride trains any time I can, which includes trips in England, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.
I've been fascinated by our national parks since reading a series of books about them in the library of Fairview Heights Elementary School, which is in my home town of Hamlet, North Carolina. Living on the West Coast puts me within easy reach of some of the most famous parks.
A portfolio of images from travels, some of which have not been published in my newsletters.
Click the arrow on either side of an image to see the next one in that portfolio. To see the full image, click the center.
Some of the most interesting structures found along the Northern California coast are bridges, lighthouses and Victorian houses.
Donner Pass Road was the only automobile route over the pass before the completion of Interstate 80.
Most of these come from the photo trips I make each December to illustrate my holiday newsletter.
Multnomah Falls State Park (Oregon)
The falls are one of many along the Columbia River Gorge, which stretches east from Portland.
Waxing crescent moon
Venus is the planet at the bottom left corner; Mars is between Venus and the moon. The lighter area in the bottom right corner is the roof of a nearby house. This shot was made February 20, 2015, catching Mars and Venus at their closest since 2008. They will not be this close again until 2017. The sun is the source of all the illumination of the two planets and the moon. The darker portion of the moon is illuminated by sunlight reflecting off the earth to the moon and back to earth.
Hiking is a hobby that blends well with photography.
Background image: The Gingerbread Mansion in the town of Ferndale on California's North Coast is now a bed and breakfast.
Newsletter Archive page
I went to Klamath Falls, Oregon for my 2013 photo trip to get images for my holiday newsletter. After checking into a motel, I immediately went to check out some locations before dark for the next day and found this view from a cliff overlooking frozen Klamath Lake. Mount Shasta, which is in California, is in the background. Click the link below to see more about that trip.
Fort Point has stood on the southern side of the Golden Gate since the Civil War and has never fired a shot in anger. When the bridge that spans the Golden Gate was built in the 1930s, it was designed to leave the fort intact.
An unobstructed view of the background images from the pages of this website with links to the newsletters where they first appeared.