Morning Lightness

Morning Lightness

Ojai Valley, Ojai, California The waitress sat me at the worst table in the whole restaurant, at the apex of the hall to the restrooms and the door to the kitchen (I can sense you cringing). But I had a perfect view of people straggling in the door, backlight by the...
The Clumsy Squirrel

The Clumsy Squirrel

Rising Park, Lancaster, Ohio Rocky missed his branch. I was waiting for a neighbor who wasn’t home to answer the door. A stuttering chatter came from the roof, followed by a leap towards a giant oak tree. The squirrel’s front claws dug into the bark, spinning him...
Rewilding

Rewilding

Monterey, California   We’re having the perfect spring rainstorm. It blew in sometime last night, and I woke up to its steady pattering. Instead of the wild downpours we’ve been having, this storm is a wonderful dripping, gurgling rain, the kind with a purring...
Sea Legs

Sea Legs

Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California   When I arrived at the pier, the sun was just about to break over the horizon. A golden glow filled the eastern sky. Within minutes, the sun crested the hill, casting the sailboats into silhouettes. Seagulls floated...
Face of Resignation

Face of Resignation

I received some good news. First, the California Writers Club selected two of my photos for an ekphrastic coffee table book titled Visions and Verse. The CWC is the mother organization for writing groups throughout California. Then, a few days ago, I received another...
Vernal Light

Vernal Light

Euterpe Farms, Ventura River Basin, Ojai, California   Here comes the first day of Spring. I can already feel it in the air and see it in the trees and plants, flowers pushing up from the raw ground, new green appearing on the limbs of ancient oak trees, the...
Untouched Inherence  

Untouched Inherence  

Asilomar State Beach, Monterey, California A mosaic of sound filled the beach, sharp in detail, a soft breeze through the rocky shore, sea birds casting sparks of brightness, and the indefinable endless hush that seemed to glue it all together. Overwhelm washed over...
Pelican Dance

Pelican Dance

Venice Beach, California   With the touch of dawn in a cloud-packed sky, I made the trek to the Venice pier. The homeless were beginning to steer, sitting blurry-eyed and wrapped up like children in their favorite blankets. My “Good morning” wishes seemed to...
Black Pond

Black Pond

Monterey, California   “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but just felt in the heart.” — Helen Keller We had a moment between rain storms. I hadn’t been out for a walk in several days and was going crazy,...
Dripped and Splattered

Dripped and Splattered

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California   The wind was howling, and rain poured down when, poom, our power went out. I’d signed up for alerts from the power company. Twenty minutes after we lost power, they sent a text saying we’d lost power. So helpful....