Sailing at sunset

Lone sailboat in the calm, open ocean at sunset

A small sailboat rounding the tip of Olympic Peninsula in Washington at sunset. The Strait of Juan de Fuca and the open ocean leading to it can be challenging to navigate and require an experienced hand.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Blooming wildflowers on the northern California coast enveloped in fog Point Reyes, an hour drive north from San Francisco, is a gem of a place. A prominent cape in the Marin County of northern California, it’s also a protected national park. Although only 100 square miles, with trails running along the coast and through the forest, there is a plethora of places to get away from the crowd and explore. There are great places to bike, both along rural paved roads and hard-packed trails. There are camping sites. There is a hostel right in the park – the only hostel in the country located within a national park boundary. For lighthouse aficionados, the Point Reyes lighthouse is not only photogenic – when not enveloped by fog – but has even been featured in the John Carpenter film “The Fog”. Before becoming a national park, the area was extensively used for ranching. To this day, cows roam freely within grandfathered-in ranches. And for a bit of civilization, the nearby Point Reyes Station is a charming small town to explore.

Free-range milk cows grazing on a pasture Blooming wildflowers on the northern California coast Some of these images are available for license on Stocksy and as art prints on Crated.

Tiny plants

Tiny white flowers in a freshwater pond at sunrise

These small man-made freshwater ponds are used to raise snails for fish culture. The ponds are full of life – insects buzzing around, aquatic larvae preying or being preyed on, snails slowly making their rounds along the sides. Even fish have accidentally made their way as fry. The ponds are chock-full of plants, shooting tiny flowers above the surface. At sunrise, around 5:45 in the morning, as the sun breaks over the horizon, the ponds catch on fire with  bright orange glow. As the first light slides over the ponds, the tiny white plants flicker brightly like little candles.

Tiny white flowers in a freshwater pond at sunrise

Tiny white flowers in a freshwater pond at sunrise

Tiny green plants on the surface of a freshwater pond

Boat Reflections

I’ve been fascinated and inspired by Juneau, Alaska photographer Joe McCabe‘s abstract images. One of his many interesting projects was finding cool colors and patterns in boat reflections in Juneau’s harbors. So, on my last trip to Juneau, I decided to imitate him. Here are a few images from my short walk along the Auke Bay Harbor docks.

Flipped reflection of a boat in a harbor

Flipped reflection of a boat in a harbor

Flipped reflection of a boat in a harbor


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St. Petersburg in red and green


St. Petersburg, Russia – the “Venice of the North”, former capital of Russia, my birthplace. In 2011, returning from a business trip to the Russian Far East, I visited it the first time since I left Russia over 20 years ago. Here are several of my favorite photos from that trip.