One thing I like about several of the Santa Cruz pictures is that they have a couple of layers to them, such as this one, though I do seem to recall that background colors were less muted than they are here.
On the other hand, what's this drum doing sitting on the beach anyway? No-one seemed to be tending it.
This is where I started walking. The Boardwalk is to the right and the public beach to the left; the small sign is (of course!) a warning to stay behind the fence that I left out of the frame. The boat and bird were a happy accident. I have another shot of this same piece of land from below.
The background wave is nicely blurred and kind of matches the subject's hair, colors are good though maybe I could have brought the exposure up a little. Looking at this again gives me the impression that everything is moving very slowly here, which is kind of how I remember that long walk up and down the beach.
I don't think I will ever be a huge fan of beaches in the US, having been spoiled by Queensland's stunning quality and variety, but Santa Cruz is pretty nice.
I love this picture except for the lackluster execution. The small piece a flower visible on the left-hand-side and the lack of good focus in the lower-left corner make it a little disappointing. On the other hand I don't think I had a lot of time or attention to give when I took the shot, so, yay me!
The 20 inches of snow that fell on my apartment a few weeks ago ruined a downspout (and maybe some brickwork) but it also brought down the tree hydrangea outside the lower apartment's patio. This might be the last shot I'll take of it before it's disposed of.
These were an after-lunch dessert at work a few weeks ago, and the colors were great so I bolted to retrieve my camera. There's something "off" about this image, either to focus or a tiny bit of motion blur that's very visible at full size I think. Otherwise I quite like it.