Winter Fruits and Vegetables at the Farmers Market

The Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market happens every Wednesday, year round. Winter vegetables and fruits were in abundance during a recent visit.

Persimmons
Persimmons

Vegetables from Live Earth Farm
Live Earth Farm
Images captured December 11, 2013

Scotts Valley Community Christmas Tree

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, this years Scotts Valley Community Christmas Tree is brighter and better than ever.

Scotts Valley Community Tree

Christmas Light

Ribbons of Pelicans

Seemingly endless ribbons of pelicans fly along the Santa Cruz coast at sunset. Standing at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf and looking from Capitola to past the Abbott Lighthouse, there were multiple lines of pelicans flying in the same direction. Another amazing sight in the Monterey Bay waters that I had never seen before.

Ribbons of Pelicans at sunset
Pelicans Flying at Sunset

Ribbons of Pelicans 2

Ribbons of Pelicans
Images captured November 26, 2013

Capitola Bait Balls and Birds

The influx of anchovies and bait fish continues in the Monterey Bay, with bait balls of fish pushing up against the coast of Santa Cruz county. The waters off of Capitola, California have seen feeding frenzies on an almost daily basis for many weeks.

Viewed from Cliff Drive, the visible dark patches in the water are schools of anchovies, or bait balls as they are known as.
Capitola Bait Balls

A small bait ball, though probably hundreds of thousands of anchovies, right off of the Capitola Beach.
Capitola Beach Bait Ball

Looking down from the Capitola Wharf at the edge of a school of anchovies, you can see the individual fish that make up the bait ball.
Edge of Bait Ball

Looking towards New Brighton State beach and Pot Belly beach, large flocks of marine birds feast on anchovies.
Capitola Pot Belly Birds

A flock of seagulls take flight from Capitola Beach, partially obscuring the Capitol Wharf.
Capitola Wharf and a Flock of Seagulls
All images captured November 23, 2013

Full Moon over the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Monterey Bay

Full moon as seen from West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz as it rises over the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Monterey Bay.

Full Moon over the Santa Cruz Wharf

Full Moon over Wharf and Fishing Boat

Surfer Dude Full Moon
All images captured October, 2013

California Brown Pelicans in Santa Cruz

More pelicans than I have ever seen before have been spending time in the Monterey Bay waters just off of the Santa Cruz coast recently. These photos were all captured on a recent afternoon during a few hours of whale watching on West Cliff drive, just above Mitchell’s Cove Beach.

California Brown Pelican’s Profile
Pelican Profile

California Brown Pelican in Flight
California Brown Pelican

A Trio of California Brown Pelicans in Flight
Trio of Pelicans

A California Brown Pelican in Flight
A Brown Pelican in Flight

A Loose Formation of California Brown Pelicans
Bring in the Pelicans
Images capture November 2013

The Bright Lights and Neon of Downtown Boulder Creek

Historic downtown Boulder Creek in The Santa Cruz mountains has a surprising number of unique neon signs.

Scarborough Lumber Yard
Scarborough Neon
Mounted 8×10 print of this photo is available at Scotts Valley Artisans

The Boulder Creek Fire Department
Boulder Creek Fire Dept
Mounted 8×12 print of this photo is available at Scotts Valley Artisans

Johnnie’s Supermarket
Johnnie's Super
Mounted 8×8 print of this photo is available at Scotts Valley Artisans

Joe’s Bar
Joe's Bar
Mounted 8×8 print of this photo is available at Scotts Valley Artisans

I.O.O.F Building
I.O.O.F. Boulder Creek

Fall Colors, with Christmas quickly Approaching

I think this photo captures the season perfectly… Fall colored leaves as a background for red berries, with a few green ones for quickly approaching Christmas. Fall, and soon to be, Christmas Colors Image captured November 10, 2013

Sea Glass on Sea Glass

Sea Glass on Sea Glass

Tumbled in the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for unknown decades, this sea glass is collected from the sand of local Santa Cruz and Monterey county beaches. The sea glass is photographed in natural sunlight, printed on metallic photo paper and uniquely framed. The original pieces of sea glass are permanently mounted, making this photographic art a one of a kind.

Sea Glass on Sea Glass photographic art is now on display at Scotts Valley Artisans.

4 pieces of sea glass in black frame in frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

Side view of 4 pieces of sea glass in black frame in frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

6 pieces green sea glass in black frame in frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

3 pieces sea glass in silver matted framed
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

Side view 5 pieces sea glass in silver matted frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

6 pieces sea glass in 3 black frame in frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

Side view 5 pieces sea glass in black frame in frame
Sea Glass on Sea Glass

A Classic Santa Cruz Sunset

These sunset photos were all taken one evening at Lighthouse Point and Its Beach during a classic Santa Cruz sunset. This evening was the latest in what had been an epic run of great sunsets in October, Santa Cruz’s sunset season.

Its Beach Sunset Dogs
Its Beach, or Dog Beach, in Santa Cruz at sunset

SUP at Sunset from Its Beach
A stand up paddle boarder plays in the waves at It beach during sunset. Notice the mini surfer directly left of the paddle boarder? I didn’t see it until I was home reviewing my photos, it really is a mini surfer dude! I assume he’s some remote-controlled toy, but was shocked and confused when he appeared in my photos.

Sunset Crowd
A crowd gathers at Lighthouse point to catch the greatest show in town, a classic Santa Cruz sunset.

A Splash of a Sunset
Taken from the end of Lighthouse point, I used a flash to capture the splash of a wave while admiring the awesome sunset.

SUP at Sunset
A stand up paddle boarder off of Its Beach during sunset.

SUP at Sunset 2
A wide view of a classic Santa Cruz sunset taken from Lighthouse point.

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