Posts Tagged ‘California’

“If you build it, they will come”

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Cabazon, California

Ray Kinsella’s movie, Field of Dreams will likely be known for decades for one quote “If you build it, they will come”. Unfortunately his vision is alive and well when it comes to shopping malls. It’s amazing what humans have been programmed to do during the past few decades. Cabazon, a small town in the […]


Dust Storms and Sunsets

Palm Springs Dust Storm

There are many stories in the Coachella Valley of people driving home from work and having their cars sandblasted by the frequent dust storms with the result being a new paint job. This valley is windy, that’s the reason they have a wind farm here! See Harnessing the Wind. On this drive back to our […]


Mount San Jacinto State Park

Pine Trees, Mount San Jacinto State Park, California

A few photos from Mount San Jacinto State Park.


Villagefest, Palm Springs, California

One of the more bizarre musicians, looks like an electric insect. Villagefest, Palm Springs, California

Villagefest on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is held every Thursday. As far as street markets go this is one of the more entertaining ones with arts, crafts, fresh produce, strange sites and music and entertainment. More photos will come at a later date but here’s a quick sample. 


RV Camping in an Orange Grove

Watch For Livestock

Californians always seem to have a fun way to make a normal experience a little more interesting. On friends recommendations we stopped at Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield for the night, making a long drive down to the Palm Springs area from Sacramento a little more palatable by breaking it into 2 days. Last […]


European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

This evening was alive with what I’m assuming to be European Starlings, the unwanted birds that appeared in the 1970’s and had a huge impact on the native Purple Martin populations. These Purple Martins are almost extinct in the area now, certainly the starlings are not. Large flocks were descending upon us and at one […]


Heading South into Northern California

The sun setting just north of Yreka, California

After a few pleasant days in Oregon City (the Portland area) we are finally heading south to warm weather and the amazing scenery that is located in Arizona and New Mexico. Serious photography is likely 3 or 4 days away as the drive from Vancouver Island to southern Arizona is a huge distance. In the […]


Aircraft Pinups and Decorative Art

Nose art, Pretty Polly - Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California

I spent Saturday at the Palm Springs Air Museum visiting their extensive collection of flying and stationary aircraft. For aviation fans the Palm Springs Air Museum must rank up there with some of the best, definitely worth a visit. Many of the aircraft are WWII vintage and have the traditional nose art, cockpit art and […]


Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

The Battery Point Lighthouse is located in Crescent City, California near the Northern California and Oregon border. The Battery Point Light was first lit in 1856 and later automated in 1953. As with so many of the Oregon and California lighthouses, Battery Point is very picturesque, especially as dusk settles on the region. The coastline […]


What’s coming up in 2010?

Alcyone, 33rd Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, 2009

2009 turned out to be a busy year for us at Kevin Oke Photography. I was very fortunate to photograph many different events and festivals, much of the natural beauty of the area and it seems almost anything else that happened locally. Trips to California and Washington and a large amount of boating local waters […]


Macro Photography and Depth of Field

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island

There are a couple trains of thought about the use of depth of field in macro photography. One camp insists that one should stop the lens aperture down to gain the most depth of field so that the entire image is as “in focus” as possible. The other camp insists that a very shallow depth […]


What Other Photographers are Doing with Their Blogs

I’ve been working on a blogging course being taught online by Darren Rowse along with over 11,000 other people from around the world. Darren really knows his stuff and I think he has most of us really motivated to take our sites to another level. Certainly I’m keen as I’ve been blogging for a number of […]


And a few more photos from Torrey Pines


I’ve been slowly sorting and editing the 3,800 images that I shot on my trip in Southern California. That’s lots of images to dig through and to be honest, I’ll likely never get finished with the task as I’ll be shooting about 1,000 photos a week again once I start finishing my new book. It’s […]


More from Torrey Pines

Seaweed at Torrey Pines, San Diego, California

I had the chance to do quite a bit of close up photography while I was at Torrey Pines Reserve. This is one of my favourite types of work, partly because of the real graphic qualities that you can achieve but also because very few people see this way. I always get the comment “I […]


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

The beach at Torrey Pines Nature Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a fascinating area within the city limits of San Diego, California. Unspoiled coastline in an urban area is rare but somehow this 2,000 acre park has remained in excellent shape. The Torrey Pine is the rarest native pine in the United States. It only grows in the Torrey Pines […]


Top 10 Favourite Photography Spots in Southern California


Having just returned from Southern California I thought I would list my “Ten Favourite” places I photographed on the trip. These are in no particular order although they came to my mind in this order so maybe there is something here. The list is a little eclectic, something for everybody. Torrey Pines State Reserve, San […]


Coachella Valley Real Estate

Salton Sea - For Sale By Owner

Friends that know me well always expect me to come home from a trip with ideas about interesting properties to purchase in exotic locations. Fortunately none of them have ever listened to me and my wife doesn’t either so for the good or bad I don’t own any luxury resorts or tropical island properties. This […]


Earthquakes Coming? Gotta go!

Hiking along the San Andreas Fault, Coachella Valley, California

The past month has been an interesting experience living close to the San Andreas Fault in the Coachella Valley of California. At any rate, the park we are staying at has begun to empty as all the northerners head back home before the heat gets insufferable in the desert. We are planning on staying for […]


Find the Fish

Find the stonefish

The sea star is easy to find, can you find the two real fish?


More Contrails

Contrails over Joshua Tree National Park 7:17 AM.

After writing the previous post about contrails and mentioning that over 31 million people fly into Los Angeles International Airport every year I started thinking about how many people fly into Southern California every year. I’m guessing the number is in the 100 million range but with the lousy internet access I presently have I […]


Torrey Pines State Reserve – San Diego

Torrey Pines at Torrey Pines State Park, California.

Torrey Pines State Reserve is described as a wilderness island in a urban sea. Torrey Pines, the rarest pine tree in the United States grow only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the Coast of Santa Barbara. In addition there are over 400 species of flowering plants, miles of beaches and steady winds coming in […]


California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera)

California Fan Palm leaves - Washingtonia filifera

These spectacular palms are the ones that are common in the Colorado Desert in Southern California. A few artsy photos first, I’ll dig up some interesting copy at a later date…. time to do laundry!


Indian Canyon

Palm Oasis in Indian Canyons, Palm Springs, California

We spent yesterday morning hiking in Indian Canyons, a native area of the Aqua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Located just south of Palm Springs, this area is amazingly lush with numerous streams flowing through tight valleys. As is typical of this area, where you have water you have palm trees and the oasis was stunning. Walking up […]


Harnessing the Wind

Windmills in Palm Springs

The valley surrounding Palm Springs and area is one of the windiest in California. With this in mind it didn’t take long for alternative energy to make it’s mark on the area. The local wind farm contains approximately 3,100 windmills generating enough energy to power all of Palm Springs and much of the surrounding area. […]