Encinitas

28th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest / Encinitas Lifestyle Photographer

What do you get when you add surf, beautiful weather and a neighborhood like no other? You get this...my view of the 28th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest in Encinitas! Click on any photo to take you to the gallery with many more photos...

Stonesteps Longboard Contest 2014

Stonesteps Longboard Contest 2014

Horn blows...

Horn blows...

Women's Heat...

Women's Heat...

Stonesteps

Stonesteps

Stonesteps Longboard Contest

Stonesteps Longboard Contest

Women's Final

Women's Final

Women's Final Heat is Over...

Women's Final Heat is Over...

Men's Final of 28th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest

Men's Final of 28th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest

Men's Final Stonesteps Longboard Contest 2014

Men's Final Stonesteps Longboard Contest 2014

Make sure you visit my gallery HERE to view many more photographs from this year's Stonesteps Longboard Contest. Thanks to everyone who makes this event happen!!! Seaside Gardens neighborhood is the Best!!

Decals and Windows at Wavecrest Woodie Meet 2013

It was my annual visit to the Woodie Meet held at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas CA. When I arrived at 7am I quickly became bored and uninspired. I did not feel any inspiration from these classic wooden vehicles like years past. So I started capturing details such as the decals on the side and rear windows. My inspiration grew even more when I pulled out my 100mm macro lens and captured minute reflections coming off of the bolts, but that's a gallery for a different day...Enjoy!


This years Woodie Meet displayed some pretty awesome Woodies. Ford's, Chevy's, Pontiac's and many others showed up to show off their beauty. 

I hope you found my view of these classic cars a little interesting and maybe a bit intriguing. 

See you soon!

27th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest, Encinitas


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Head on over to the link posted above for a ton of photos from the 27th Annual Stonesteps Longboard Contest, Encinitas CA. Waves were nice, water was warm and the party was awesome! Enjoy my view of the day...

So sit back, relax, click on the first picture and select slideshow...

Celebration of Chants

Sooo, I just got my new lens from Adorama and thought I would head over to Stone Steps and see if I can take some photos of the sunset and reflections or whatever came my way. There was a group of people on the beach standing around the word that was written in the sand, CHANTS. Soon, a young woman called up to me as I stood on the landing above the beach and ask me if I would take photos for them. She told me her friends dog (CHANTS) died and they were there to celebrate his life and spread his ashes. I said "sure!" and took a group shot then some candids. Suddenly, magic happened and here are a few photographs from that beautiful late afternoon on the last day of February...

 

 

One last good-bye...
Chants must have been one heck-uv-a dog and friend...
I realise I was privilaged to be there to witness such love and energy. Thank you camera gods and thank you Chants!
Until next time....

Ben Taylor...high school friend...friend...buddy | Encinitas

Ben Taylor was such a good Man...he passed away too young. Dec 24 2012. Here is my eulogy to him:

Gracious, thoughtful, big hugs, bigger smile, a family man.


I first met Ben at age 14 at El Camino High School. We were in the same group of friends and in the same graduating class. We all affectionately called Ben the “den mother” because he was the one who looked out for us. Whether we were going to the drive in, a beach party or wherever, Ben would serve as the voice of responsibility. Thank goodness for us.
Like the day after senior prom a bunch of guys took off in two cars and headed to the Colorado River. Luckily we had Ben there to say “don’t drink and drive…we’ll never make it”, “don’t drive in to that sand dune…we’ll get stuck”, don’t try to swim across the river, the current is too strong”
Ben was the voice of reason, again, thank goodness for us. I never fully appreciated that until I grew up a little. Ben allowed all of us to grow up a little.
The summer of 1982 Ben and I along with another friend moved in together and shared a duplex in La Costa. While we all had our individual responsibilities Ben carried the weight of them. He made sure the bills were paid… on time, the house was super clean (sometimes even while guests were still there during a party) and the trash was put outside on trash day. Mother Ben.
A friend of Ben says this…”Ben was always the one who we could count on to make the right choice or decisions when we weren’t very good at doing either one.”
Another friend said it best: “I was always amazed at Ben’s ability to navigate the teenage and post teenage years in moderation and with common sense, because I can’t say his friends and I always did”.
As time went by I didn’t see Ben as much but when I did there was always a big hug, a bigger smile followed by “How’s your family doing?” He would take time to catch up on life. I didn’t feel like he had somewhere else to be. He truly showed interest in how things were going. Ben talked about his family and how proud he was of his daughters Ashley and Brooke. I knew he loved being a dad and family man. I could see his face light up every time he talked about his girls. Our memories of him are with us to stay and we are all so blessed to have known Benjamin David Taylor Jr.
I’d like to end with a poem by David Harkins:

You can shed tears that he is gone,

Or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,

Or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him only that he is gone,

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,

Be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what he’d want:

Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Cheers to you Ben Taylor...Thank you for your friendship! Your love of your family and friends is amazing. Your parents should be so proud of you and we thank them as much as we thank YOU, for being the man you were. God Bless You My Friend!