Hungary Scenic Photos are here…

In 2012, Agi (my wife) and I took a trip to Hungary to visit her relatives there.  While most of the time we were visiting her family and friends, we did have a chance to take a tour of the Danube River – and to the historical town of Eger.  We also spent quite a bit of time in Székesfehérvár (Agi’s home town and the first capital of Hungary dating back over 1000 years).  Hungary is a country that is at the crossroads of East/West civilization and it’s influences show from many cultures – European (from the Romans onward) and Asian (starting with Attila the Hun!).  It’s impressive to say the least, and I hope you’ll enjoy the 2012 Scenic Photos from Hungary

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Scenic Bolinas photos are up…

One of my favorite places in the world to go is Bolinas.   It’s location is ideal… along the California coast surrounded on two sides by National Parks and the other two sides by the Pacific Ocean. Weather there is typical Northern California… foggy mornings, sunny (but windy) afternoons, followed by fog late evening.  It’s something that I grew up with and learned to enjoy and appreciate.  The 2013 Bolinas Photos page is a summary from four separate trips during this year.  It’s a fantastic place with so much to see.IMG_5468

Brammo Photo Galleries are up…

The 2012 and 2013 Brammo Photo Galleries are now up and running.  There’s 50+ photos in each Gallery and they’re organized chronologically as events unfolded throughout the year.  It’s a lot of fun to see how the Empulse developed, view the race photos, and see some beautiful and scenic ride scenes such as the one below.  Select “Brammo” from the main menu above and enjoy!

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Final thoughts on 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s proved to be an amazing year.  There were a lot of trips this year including four trips to Bolinas, a trip to Maui in the Spring, several trips to the Oregon Coast and multiple trips in and around the Southern Oregon region.  Photography work at Brammo continues to expand – as does the company with it’s new headquarters in Talent (four times the size of it’s previous building).  Agi and I purchased a tandem sailboat/kayak (Hobie Tandem Adventure Island) this year of which I’m sure you’ll see a lot more adventures with in 2014.  The beautifulvista.com web site (of which you’re reading) was re-born in December… new format…  all new photos… and a new direction.  We hope you enjoy the new site and come back to see the latest photos and stories.

Best wishes,
Charles

December Sunset at Agate Beach (Bolinas, California)

December Sunset at Agate Beach (Bolinas, California)

Going Costal #2

It’s been a short but wonderful visit here in Bolinas.  The temps yesterday reached well into the 60’s… a solid 30 degrees warmer than our home in the Rogue Valley.  It truly felt like Summer hiking in short sleeve shirts (no jackets).  One of our favorite hikes is the Coast Trail to Alamere Falls starting at Palomarin (the south entrance into Point Reyes National Park).  The first part stays high on a bluff overlooking the ocean, and the views can be stunning. That combined with the warm weather at the end of December made a most memorable hike.  I wish days like this could go on forever…

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View from Coast Trail looking south towards Bolinas… San Francisco is in the far background.

Going Costal…

After a very hectic week in preparation for Christmas, Agi (my wife) and I are taking two days off to relax on the California coast just north of San Francisco.  The weather is amazing for this time of year… with temps into the mid-60’s it feels more like Summer than Winter.

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A dog named Willow that we met on the beach today… loves to play fetch!

December visitor…

We had a unique visitor on our property this morning.  I couldn’t figure out why our Black Lab (Taiko) was going so crazy at the fence… turned out that we had a Coyote walking through the field just on the other side of the grape vines.  The Coyote didn’t seem too bothered with Taiko (who was now barking with a toy in his mouth)… just circled around in the field (probably looking for mice) and then left.  The Coyote as you can see in the photo below is a beautiful one.IMG_5307

Snowfall in the Rouge Valley

Its been two weeks since we’ve had this major Winter storm… probably the most unusual in 40 years.  After all this time the snow has largely melted, but still lingers in shady areas – also very unusual for this region (typically the snow melts within a day or two).  It’s been a cold month so far… I guess its making up for the unusually warm October we had.

The photo below was taken two days after the snowstorm.  I was able to break out my cross-country equipment and ski around the property with ease.  The plants you see in the foreground are Zinfandel grape vines.  Hopefully they’ll survive the cold weather.

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Cornflower Concert

Cornflower with guest artists in concert on Dec 14.

Cornflower with guest artists in concert on Dec 14.

I was asked to help photograph Cornflower in concert last Saturday evening (Dec 14).  This was our first full-concert experience listening to our friend Cornflower… who put on an amazing 3-hour (completely sold out) show in Ashland.  To say we were completely blown away would be an understatement!  It was fun, creative and absolutely wonderful music to enjoy and experience.  How he creates all the voices live on stage is an amazing feat that combines the best of technology and artistry.   If you’ve never heard him before, check out his website and you’ll be amazed.