Friday, October 8, 2010

Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma

More images from my birthday weekend.

In the Northeast corner of the Sonoma town square, a pretty park with CityHall right in its middle, lives the Solano Mission, part of the Sonoma State Historical Park. This Mission is the farthest North of all Missions on the El Camino Real. I was able to capture a few images of the Mission, inside and out.

In front of the Mission.

The Clositer

The Chapel

The Alter

The Pulpit

Courtyard and Well

Friday, September 24, 2010

Images from the Weekend

On the way down to Shell Beach, North of Bodega Bay.

Along the path to the beach.

This is a good example of a rip-tide.
The water looks like its rolling almost in place,
but is powerful and deadly.
Some of the water is going out
while more water is coming in.
When it came in it almost touched my feet.

I was lucky to get this shot.
He poked his head out a couple of times,
then disappeared in the surf.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peace Close to Danger

I do not believe our world happened by accident.

My birthday was September 17th. My wife and I went to the coast, north of Bodega Bay, on Friday, and sat on the beach for a couple of hours and talked. We talked on the way there, on the way to the hotel, through dinner, and all the next day. Saturday we visited Armstrong Redwoods and Sonoma. We talked.

Our time at the ocean and the redwoods was marked by cool days and overcast skies. The ocean surf was heavy. Warning signs on the way down to the beach told of careless people, endangering lives, taking lives. Before us stretched an ocean as dangerous to us as the beach was peaceful. We walked and sat, near the moving, treacherous boundary constraining an incredible power.

How close can we come to danger and still peacefully rest? It cannot touch us unless we give it permission.

Enjoy a minute of peace close to danger.