Catalina Ski Race 2021

This past weekend marked my first visit to the race in 24 years!

The thrill of watching the world’s best water skiers make the round-trip from Long Beach Harbor to Catalina Island… and back non-stop… is as exciting as ever. What a treat to see it again.

These are a few fav snaps I took at the race this year. If you’re ever in Long Beach – or Catalina Island when the annual race takes place, be sure to check it out!

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Photography Night @ Aquarium of the Pacific


The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California hosted their annual Photography Night last weekend. It was quite a treat to photograph the animals in a quiet, cerebral setting and to enjoy the company of other photographers and the knowledgeable staff from the aquarium and local sponsors.

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Summer of ’72

Hooligans 1971

Among this group of free-spirited high school students from 1972 Long Beach, California, include a future doctor, CPA, film maker, felon, college professor, bank vice president, school teacher, master stylist, and an organic farmer.

Photographer was Mable Martin, mother of Janet and Jerry (and the unofficial mom of everyone else in this photo).  Photo taken in El Dorado Park Estates (at 7911 Cramer Street) in Long Beach, California.