Grand Army of the Republic

Gravesites of Civil War soldiers in the Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2013. The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy and Marines who served in the Civil War. Evergreen Cemetery, which was established in 1850, is now owned and operated by the Museum of Art & History.

Grand Army of the RepublicImage captured Memorial day, May 27, 2013.

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Duck Pond Fountain

The fountain in the duck pond at San Lorenzo park in downtown Santa Cruz. On this day, the pond was being occupied by mallard ducks and a few Canadian Geese.

Duck Pond Fountain Image captured May 2013

Banana Slugs

Did you know the banana slug is California’s official state mollusk? More commonly known, at least to Santa Cruz locals and alumni of UCSC, the banana slug is the school mascot of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Banana Slugs are native to the redwood forests of coastal California, and prefer cool, moist conditions. The photos here were captured at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, but banana slugs can also be found in other Santa Cruz county locations, such as Big Basin State Park and of course UCSC.

Banana Slug
Banana Slug

Pucker up, it’s considered good luck to kiss a banana slug
Banana Slug 2

A banana slug and small mushrooms on a redwood forest floor
Banana Slug and mushroom

A banana slug crawling through a type of clover known as redwood sorrel
Banana Slug in Glover
Images captured April, 2013

Duck and Covered Bridge

A mallard duck and the covered bridge at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton. This photo was taken on a beautiful Easter Sunday morning, but Roaring camp is always a great place to take a walk, exploring the history of what once was. Roaring Camp is next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and you can easily make a day of it by crossing between the two parks. Bring a picnic and enjoy some of the best of what Santa Cruz County has to offer!

Roaring Camp Duck

Spring Flowers at the Santa Cruz City Hall

A stalk of white flowers on an early spring day in front of the Santa Cruz City Hall. Blooming flowers on a spring day, symbolizing hope and a new beginning, something Santa Cruz can use. In the distance, you can barely make out a flag flying at half mast, symbolizing that we can never forget the past and must remember those that gave so much.

Spring Flower at Santa Cruz City Hall Image captured March, 2012.

Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement Says Goodbye

March 7th, 2013. Santa Cruz county law enforcement and public safety officers gathered along Beach and Third streets as they prepared for a procession that will take them to the memorial service for fallen Santa Cruz Police officers Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler. Sargeant Baker and detective Butler were killed February 26th while protecting our community.

Like we all were, I was shocked, saddened and grieve stricken by the murder of these two long time Santa Cruz Police Officers. I have a step son, whom I’m very proud of, who’s a Santa Cruz county Sheriff Deputy and friends in both the Santa Cruz Police and Santa Cruz Sheriff departments. I’ve always respected law enforcement officers and greatly admire the men and women whom make the decision to dedicate their careers to protecting the community. Capturing the deep grieve and sadness that is obvious in the faces of everyone in uniform that morning was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. The significance and unprecedented size of this gathering of Santa Cruz county public safety officers, set against the back drop of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a typically bright center of fun, added a surrealism that somehow only increased the sense of mourning that all of Santa Cruz was feeling that morning.

Thank you to every law enforcement officer, every firefighter, every public safety officer, every 911 operator/dispatcher in the county of Santa Cruz, you are greatly respected and appreciated.

Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler, you will never be forgotten and will always be remembered.

Here are the faces of the men and women whom live in our community, they are our neighbors, friends and family. They are also the faces of the men and women who raced to scene of the shooting on that tragic Tuesday, who put their lives on the line to help the Santa Cruz police department and protect our community. They are the faces of those that stayed in Santa Cruz, spending long hours protecting the city so their brothers and sisters of the Santa Cruz police department could have some time off to mourn and prepare themselves to again be able to serve to the best of their ability.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputies
SCSO in  Mourning

Capitola and Scotts Valley Police Officers
Capitola and Scotts Valley PD

California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputies
CHP and SCSO Respect

Santa Cruz Fire Department Firefighters and Officers
SCFD Respect

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Department Patrol Cars
Sheriff Red and Blue

Santa Cruz Police Officers
SCPD Half Mast

Capitola and Scotts Valley Police Officers Salute the Families of Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler
Capitola Salutes
Images captured March 7, 2013

Spring Blossoms on Pacific Avenue

The first day of spring in downtown Santa Cruz. The sky might have been grey and overcast, but Pacific avenue was definitely showing signs of spring, with flowering trees filling downtown Santa Cruz.

Spring in Downtown Santa Cruz
Spring in Downtown Santa Cruz

Spring is the start of Derby Girls season in Santa Cruz
Spring Blossoms and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls

Spring Blossoms at the corner of Pacific avenue and Lincoln street, downtown Santa Cruz
Spring in Downtown Santa Cruz

Springtime in front of the Palomar Inn
Palomar Inn in Spring
Images captured March 20. 2013.

The Saddest Sunset

On Tuesday February 26, 2013, the Santa Cruz Police Department lost two of its veteran officers in a tragic shooting. Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler gave their all for their community and will be forever missed.

As a life long resident of Santa Cruz, and someone whom has family and friends in law enforcement in Santa Cruz county, I, along with the entire Santa Cruz community, am in mourning. My thoughts, prayers and love go out to the family and friends of Butch and Elizabeth, the Santa Cruz Police Department and the entire Santa Cruz Community.

Santa Cruz Police DepartmentThe Saddest Sunset

Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler, you will never be forgotten
Loran "Butch" Baker and Elizabeth Butler
Images captured February 28, 2013.

Shoppers Corner

Shoppers Corner, a Santa Cruz institution since 1938.

The following excerpts are from Shoppers Corner website;
Welcome to Shopper’s Corner, Santa Cruz’s oldest and friendliest family-run market.
Since 1938, Shopper’s Corner has been a Santa Cruz landmark known for the very best in service, meat, wine, bread and produce.
A trip to Shopper’s Corner is a trip back in time to a small-town grocery store on your neighborhood’s busiest corner…

Shoppers Corner
Shoppers Corner
Image captured December 2012

Its Beach Sunset at Low Tide

A sunset at Its Beach during a very low tide. Also known as Dog Beach, I have found Its Beach to be a peaceful and tranquil place to be during sunset, and that’s in spite of, or maybe because of, what’s sometimes dozens of dogs running around. Yet another must experience piece of paradise in Santa Cruz.

Its Beach Low Tide
Its Beach Sunset
Imaged captured February 2013