My Year in Photos, Part 2 (2014)

I was just putting together this article and these photos on New Year’s Eve when I glanced and the clock and noticed I was already four minutes into 2015. Oops!

Here’s the second-parter for my favorite photo from 2014. Also be sure to check out the first part.

July

Yuka was still here in early July, just in time to see Fourth of July fireworks at Big Bear Lake, California, before she had to go back to Japan.

Christine at the Fourth of July celebrations at Big Bear Lake, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Dad in the car on the way to Fourth of July celebrations at Big Bear Lake, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Firework with pulled focus - Fourth of July celebrations at Big Bear Lake (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

Life was getting pretty boring, so I started driving out places alone. This was a last-minute trip to Mount Shasta Lavender Farm. Unfortunately because of the extreme drought conditions, the lavenders weren’t as spectacular. Also, I mistimed it and arrived too late. They did have a lavender setup outside of the fields, which the bees were busy at work on.

Mount Shasta with road in the foreground (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Bee at work at Mount Shasta Lavender Farm with Mount Shasta in the background (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Bee at work at Mount Shasta Lavender Farm with Mount Shasta in the background (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

August

The highlight of August was undoubtedly my first visit to Hawaii with my mom and dad.

Earlier in the month I took a trip off the beaten path at Shoreline Park in Mountain View (where it’s too busy to be peaceful), where I snapped this. I didn’t see the signs - apparently this was in a restricted area down by the shoreline.

Flora at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

Hawaii! Mom and Dad were kind enough to show me around all the places they’ve enjoyed visiting.

Mom and Dad at Waikiki in Hawaii (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Waikiki Hotel Room - Room with a View! (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Byodoin Temple Replica in Hawaii (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Oil slick at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Hawaii Beach from the top of Diamondhead (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Hawaii Beach from the Halona blowhole (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Hawaii flora (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Mom and Dad in Hawaii (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Waterfall in Hawaii (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

September

I went out on a solo drive to the Eastern Sierras, and happened to time it perfectly to see what little autumn colors there were out near Lake Sabrina. Previously in 2013, I timed it right to see what was then much more yellow colors, along with a throng of photographers. This time was much more low key - it was a rainy day, and I only saw a few other people.

It started to rain a little heavily towards the end of my shooting, making it extremely difficult. The camera started fogging up as well. Of course when I finally did make it back to the car and started to air out, the rain had to die down.

The road from Mono Lake vista, on the way to the Eastern Sierras (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Fall colors: leaves near Lake Sabrina, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Fall colors: leaves near Lake Sabrina, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Fall colors: leaves near Lake Sabrina, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Trees near Lake Sabrina, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Lake Sabrina, California in the fall in the morning (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

October

Mom and Dad came up to visit me in October. We went up north of San Francisco to hike in Muir Woods. Afterwards we got some good sushi at Sushi Ran in Sauasalito.

Muir Woods, California with Mom and Dad (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

At the very end of the month, I took a one week vacation to visit Yuka in Japan. Even though she had lived in Osaka all her life, she had never really visited Kyoto and Nara, so we visited both.

Daibutsu Great Buddha in Nara, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Yoshikien Garden (吉城園) in Nara, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Early fall leaves in Yoshikien Garden (吉城園) in Nara, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Early fall leaves in Yoshikien Garden (吉城園) in Nara, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Yuka at an Indian restaurant in Kishiwada, Osaka, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

November

When Yuka had to return to work, I spent the rest of my vacation in Japan visiting northern Japan. I think I just missed the peak of the fall leaves, but I still found some good spots.

Yellow, Orange, and Red fall maple leaves near Naruko Gorge Bridge (鳴子峡) in Tohoku, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Naruko Gorge Bridge (鳴子峡) in Tohoku, Japan (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

December

We had Christmas at Mom and Dad’s Big Bear cabin. After Christmas, we took a long day trip up the 395 up to Bishop, California to pick up some bread and beef jerky. On the way, Mom took an interesting detour to see Fossil Falls, where there was still a bit of evidence of Native Americans. Mom even found the petroglyph that she’d seen there years before.

Indian grinding stones at Fossil Falls, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Indian petroglyph at Fossil Falls, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)
Mom and Dad stargazing on the road back to Big Bear Lake, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

Just today, on the last day of 2014, I hiked up to the top of Mission Peak in Fremont, California, with my coworker Jessica, and Kevin and his wife. It was really cold, and there were really strong, deafaning winds through the alluvial valley floors.

Here’s a picture of cows grazing on the hills on the hike up. The pond was partially frozen over. Kevin lifted up a huge rock and thrust it in, creating a hole in the ice and a really strange, completely new sound that I’ve never heard before. That’s not something that happens everyday.

Cows on the hill with a half-frozen pond in the foreground, on the trail to Mission Peak in Fremont, California (Photo copyright David Calhoun)

Here’s to a new year of new sights, sounds, and experiences. Cheers.