Sunday, January 20, 2008


Yawn, originally uploaded by sgrace.

After work on Friday, I went to the San Juan Bautista Mission for about an hour and snapped a few shots outside in the courtyard.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Odd One Out

Odd One Out, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Do you ever feel a little ... different ... from everyone else?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Lazy Sunday

Seagull Sunrise Series 1, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Sunday Jason and I got up early to catch the sunrise, since there were no clouds to be seen andthat is very rare lately. It was beautiful and shot some nice pictures of seagull silhouettes. The tide is extra far out due to recent large storms that have drawn sand away from the beach, and you can see these old pilings which are usually covered with sand and surf.

Later that day I went out to Watsonville to the Elkhorn Slough, which is a National Estuarine Research Reserve. It was a gorgeous day and I was pretty much by myself most of the time; I only saw a few other people hiking. I took the "five fingers" trail, which provided some amazing views since the tall bushes had been recently mowed all along the trail:
Five Fingers Trail Views

I had my paper journal with me, and looking back now at my writing I can tell I was struck by the opportunity to be alone with nature:
1/13/07 11:01am
I walked out in Elkhorn Slough today. Again I am struck by the solitude. Now that I am back @ work I feel like this is recharging my batteries. It's such a pleasure to stand alone & enjoy the sights, sounds & smells of nature. The warm, welcome sun. The cool ocean breeze. The amazing, endless blue sea and hazy sky, and trails spilling over with fresh new grass that invite me to adventure. Gulls and hawks circle overhead - I hear sparrows and frogs in the tall grass. A bright yellow train jets across the slough, a sliver of brightness in the sea of blue, bown and white. And oh, the privilege of solitude.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now?

This was my first week back form vacation, and that made the week pass very quickly. On Tuesday, I dropped my cell phone and it broke in half. The good news is that it was time for my Verizon "new every two" plan to kick in so I was able to order a new phone online. The bad news is that I will not get my phone until next week, so that is about a week without service. Bummer. I can't wait to see my new phone, though!

Today the sun finally came out after several days of rain.

We need the rain but it was nice to be able to get out and walk around again.

One of the things I like to do on rainy days is take photographs for various "scavenger hunts" on flickr. Here are some of the photos from this month's hunts

Thursday, January 10, 2008

San Juan Bautista Cemetery

San Juan Bautista Cemetery, originally uploaded by sgrace.
Every day I drive by the city of San Juan Bautista on the way to work, and up on a hill is this old cemetery. I've wanted to go take pictures for a while now and today I finally got the chance. It had been raining and I was hoping that the sky would help set the mood. There were a lot of older sites there, especially for California, with some dating back to the 1880's.

San Juan Bautista Cemetery

San Juan Bautista Cemetery

San Juan Bautista Cemetery

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year!

Raiders 2007, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Hope you are having a great 2008!