Posts tagged nature

The lovely Pandora and I went for an evening ride on this overcast and warm Ventura day. Soft clouds make for great photos, it’s a giant softbox in the sky dampening and washing all the sun around. (For those that don’t know, a soft box is used in professional lighting for video and photo shoots to make light more even and spread out.)

These shots were taken at Serra Cross Park above Downtown Ventura, CA. To the right of the images there’s a giant cross overlooking the ocean. I can see this spot from my house, which is pretty cool. 

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Red Spade (fb) looking cheerful as always, the infectious love of the ride.
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Red Spade (fb) looking cheerful as always, the infectious love of the ride.

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Annette Carrion, (founder of the Keep Calm and Carrion blog, I love puns so much!) at Baker Beach in the San Francisco fog. 
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Annette Carrion, (founder of the Keep Calm and Carrion blog, I love puns so much!) at Baker Beach in the San Francisco fog. 

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Annette Carrion (another petite motolady!) with her Kawasaki Ninja and radiant smile on Skyline South near San Francisco. 
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Annette Carrion (another petite motolady!) with her Kawasaki Ninja and radiant smile on Skyline South near San Francisco. 

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Aileen Guenther from The Moto Quest on her first test ride around Indonesia, and wow what a view.

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The lovely Jeannette Mekdara riding a vintage Triumph motorcycle through rolling desert hills. Photograph by Peter Dawson.
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The lovely Jeannette Mekdara riding a vintage Triumph motorcycle through rolling desert hills. Photograph by Peter Dawson.

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A lady and her Ducati Sport Classic on the pier. Now that’s meditation.
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A lady and her Ducati Sport Classic on the pier. Now that’s meditation.

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Sometimes you just have to enjoy a photo for what it is- a mood and moment in time captured for as long as the data lasts on paper, on your harddrive… get over your judgements.
Her smile, that motorcycle smile, it shows the joy we all know so well. It’s that moment, that feeling, that happiness… freedom. 
It’s not news to anyone that I’m a bit of a gear freak- I wear shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and shin armor every time I ride. I’m a fan of full face helmets. But I remember the 96 degree (F) day in Portland last summer, after I’d lapped the small field on the two smoker KZ125 at Chris’ house quite a few times… I was dripping with sweat. I rode into the yard, peeled off all my gear and threw it to the ground. I lapped the field a few times wearing pants, boots, a tank top, and nothing else. It was glorious, yes, yes I’ll admit. 
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Sometimes you just have to enjoy a photo for what it is- a mood and moment in time captured for as long as the data lasts on paper, on your harddrive… get over your judgements.

Her smile, that motorcycle smile, it shows the joy we all know so well. It’s that moment, that feeling, that happiness… freedom. 

It’s not news to anyone that I’m a bit of a gear freak- I wear shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and shin armor every time I ride. I’m a fan of full face helmets. But I remember the 96 degree (F) day in Portland last summer, after I’d lapped the small field on the two smoker KZ125 at Chris’ house quite a few times… I was dripping with sweat. I rode into the yard, peeled off all my gear and threw it to the ground. I lapped the field a few times wearing pants, boots, a tank top, and nothing else. It was glorious, yes, yes I’ll admit. 

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The Nürburgring- on the list of places I must ride. 

The Nurburgring is located about 43mi/70km South of Cologne, Germany and can hold up to 150,000 spectators. The older “North Loop” of the track is just under 13 miles long, and has more than 1,000 feet of difference in it’s lowest and highest elevations. 

The GP-Strecke section is 3.2 miles long with 16 turns, and the total track length is a hair over 16 miles (25.947 km) with 170 turns. Construction of the track began in September of 1925.

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A woman and her Triumph overlooking the desert sunset- photograph by French artist Kreatica (website).
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A woman and her Triumph overlooking the desert sunset- photograph by French artist Kreatica (website).

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Josh Kurpius (photographer extraordinaire) riding through a shallow lake… giant pond…? Either way, his bike ‘The Locust’ makes it look exceptionally dramatic with the long rake of the forks. 
Aaaaand now I want a photo of me riding the Monster through an epic puddle.
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Josh Kurpius (photographer extraordinaire) riding through a shallow lake… giant pond…? Either way, his bike ‘The Locust’ makes it look exceptionally dramatic with the long rake of the forks. 

Aaaaand now I want a photo of me riding the Monster through an epic puddle.

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Annette Carrion in her new ‘home town’ of San Francisco! I can practically see her smiling through the helmet.
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Annette Carrion in her new ‘home town’ of San Francisco! I can practically see her smiling through the helmet.

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A photographic example of what my dreams look like. 
I believe this is in Manali, India… please correct me if I am wrong.
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A photographic example of what my dreams look like. 

I believe this is in Manali, India… please correct me if I am wrong.

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A lovely example of many beautiful things about the Pacific Northwest- wr250 in it’s natural habitat during the first annual SFRC Back Forty Enduro (more info).
The Sang Froid Riding Club, creators of the controversial (and might I add, awesome) “Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro" (which is an annual fun filled mud flinging event each spring in Portland) pretty consistently have cool events to keep people busy despite the dreary PNW weather that hits each winter. Why did they plan the Back Forty Enduro? “Because riding around the woods with your buddies is better than staying home and waiting for spring.”
Photograph by R. Scott Elder.

A lovely example of many beautiful things about the Pacific Northwest- wr250 in it’s natural habitat during the first annual SFRC Back Forty Enduro (more info).

The Sang Froid Riding Club, creators of the controversial (and might I add, awesome)Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro" (which is an annual fun filled mud flinging event each spring in Portland) pretty consistently have cool events to keep people busy despite the dreary PNW weather that hits each winter. Why did they plan the Back Forty Enduro? “Because riding around the woods with your buddies is better than staying home and waiting for spring.”

Photograph by R. Scott Elder.

San Diego Sunday Ride

My friend David and I went out on an epic ride yesterday with the intention of hitting at least two of the ‘famous’ San Diego roads I keep hearing about. Well, we ended up hitting more than just two. 

(Photo by Rick Clemson)

Our ride was a great one indeed, over 200 miles (I lost track) and countless amazing views. Ramona -> Old Julian Hwy to Santa Ysabel -> Mesa Grande to Lake Henshaw -> 76 -> South Grade to Palomar -> lunch -> Palomar State Park -> East Grade -> 79 to Santa Ysabel -> 78 to Julian -> 79 to Sunrise up Mt. Laguna -> Hwy 8 all the way back to San Diego.