As too many people have informed me, I haven’t posted on this site for quite a while. Suffice it to say, things have been quite busy. Earlier this month I presented at the Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s Conversations 2016 conference, and picked up a few new blog followers. To the new folks, welcome. To everyone that has stuck with me along the way, my thanks!

Today’s post consists of a collection of photos, presented with little commentary. All of the photos I captured when on a week long trip to southern California earlier this year. If you follow the site on Facebook, my account on RailPictures, or were at the Conversations conference some of these photos may look familiar. The general running theme for the collection is Flight & Light, as many of the photos were either captured by drone, or at sunset. Throughout it all I was entranced by the landscapes, the endless waves along the beach, and the clouds that occasionally caused havoc but at the same time created diverse opportunities for intriguing photos.


Sunset light reflects on the top of the rails

Flying high above Del Mar

Sunset over Los Angeles

The Griffith Observatory at Dusk

Hollywood Sunset

Urban Jungle

Anaheim Transportation Center lights up

Anaheim Transportation Center lights up

Surfer crosses the tracks at sunset in Del Mar

The Pacific Surfliner sails through Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura

Flying just above San Clemente Beach

Morning light on the beach

Sunsets on the rails

San Clemente Beach

Sunset at Boca del Canon

The clouds move in

Midday flight at Del Mar

MetroLink at Oceanside

The storm rolls in

Downhill before the impending storm

Coaster sunset

Flying just above the treeline in San Diego

6 Responses

  1. Steve Barry says:

    Very nice. The Anaheim station is on my list of things to see when I’m in California next time.

  2. Judyth Stavans says:

    Beautiful photos from a beautiful part of the country.

  3. Frank Keller says:

    Fantastic photos Emily, I wished I had done as well on my visit to CA.

  4. monita leavitt says:

    You’ve captured some spectacular views! California is beautiful, and your photos have brought out
    the best. I can almost hear the trains going down the tracks!

  5. Wow great stuff. A very informative blog and the Radioactive Railroad piece is incredibly interesting.
    I follow the railroad on the Northern reaches of New York on the Delaware & Hudson North End and have been doing it for a year and a half via a Facebook page. I just started my own Blog itself with its own separate presence on the web as Champlain Valley Rail Snapshots.
    Thank you for the inspiration to jump into a different medium.

  6. Steve Dunham says:

    Some extraordinary photos there!

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