Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

For this week’s photo challenge Jen asks us to share an image that embodies the weather where we live. She quotes John Keats, who said: “Four Seasons fill the measure of the year. There are four seasons in the mind of man…”  Well, Keats obviously never lived in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles’ Mediterranean climate is characterized by seasonal changes in rainfall—with a dry summer and a winter rainy season—and relatively modest transitions in temperature. Spring and autumn practically don’t exist here. For a photographer, this can be a bit exasperating, as the landscape barely changes year-round. Even our beautiful Santa Monica sunsets are pretty much the same, with the sun descending right in the middle of the Pacific in the winter months, behind the mountains in the summer months, and somewhere in between in the other months.  With that, here’s my interpretation of Seasons!





365/Day 365!!!!

I DID IT! ~~

This is the last day of the year and the last day of my 365 Project. When I decided to take on this project, I knew it would be hard –many abandon it midway– but I wanted to do it because it would keep me engaged in photography and help improve my skills in the process. I was quite surprised at my dedication to the project and what seemed an impossible challenge at first, turned out to be a pleasurable daily task. Much to my satisfaction, there are 365 daily posts on my blog for 2015! A huge thanks to those of you who gave me daily encouragement by checking out, liking, or commenting on my posts. That was so helpful!

Now, having said all that, I do need a break from the daily commitment so I won’t continue the 365 Project. Instead, I will work on other interesting projects, maybe more complex ones, that will help me continue to grow as a photographer and stay disciplined at the same time. More about that later…

So, for my last post of this 2015 365 Project, instead of one new photo, I chose twelve photos with a recurring theme, the sunset, which I captured just about every month of the year. Some photos have been featured in the project, some have not. I hope you enjoy them!


365/Day 298

Before, During, and After Sunset ~~

Santa Monica sunsets are beautiful and attract both locals and visitors daily. Just about ten minutes before sunset people start taking their spots along Palisades Park to get the best view and snap memorable photos. And the show is never disappointing. It starts with that beautiful golden light hitting the water and the sky turning all shades of pink, orange, and red, and continues way after the sun disappears into the water of behind he mountains, depending on the time of the year. It’s a spectacle that never gets old.