San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado

After a really nice holiday break, what a strange feeling to not be going back to work.  Rain storms have been drenching the Bay Area, and I’ve been reading the “Rain Turns Morning Commute Into a Disaster” headlines with guilty pleasure.

I spent Christmas in Denver and had a great time with my family.  Then on New Year’s Eve Marie and I confirmed that we’re getting old by staying in, ordering a pizza, and watching a movie.

The El Niño-driven rain that’s been snarling morning commutes also washed out a lot of photo opportunities, and the low fog continued to torment me by refusing to roll through the bay even once in December.  When it’s not raining I’ve been good about getting to my favorite spots for sunrise and sunset photos, but the conditions have been far from ideal.

 

Solstice Sunrise from Sausalito

Solstice Sunrise from Sausalito

 

Winter Solstice SF Sunrise Square

Winter Solstice SF Sunrise Square

 

December SF Dawn from Sausalito

December SF Dawn from Sausalito

 

December SF Skyline Dawn from Sausalito

December SF Skyline Dawn from Sausalito

 

Bay Bridge Blue Hour from Yerba Buena

Bay Bridge Blue Hour from Yerba Buena

 

Bay Bridge Blue Hour Close Up

Bay Bridge Blue Hour Close Up

 

Bay Bridge Yerba Buena On-ramp

Bay Bridge Yerba Buena On-ramp

 

Peach Sunrise from Sausalito

Peach Sunrise from Sausalito

 

December Golden Gate Bridge Morning Traffic

December Golden Gate Bridge Morning Traffic

 

December GGB Approach

December GGB Approach

 

Clouds Over SF New Year's Day 2016

Clouds Over SF New Year’s Day 2016

 

Evening Clouds Over SF Skyline Portrait

Evening Clouds Over SF Skyline Portrait

 

Telegraph Hill After Sunset

Telegraph Hill After Sunset

 

January Post-Sunset Clouds Over SF

January Post-Sunset Clouds Over SF

 

January GGB Pre-Dawn from Hawk Hill

January GGB Pre-Dawn from Hawk Hill

 

Blue Sunrise Over SF Skyline

Blue Sunrise Over SF Skyline

 

January Clouds Over SF Skyline from Sausalito

January Clouds Over SF Skyline from Sausalito

 

I’ve also been refining my travel plans for the first half of 2016.  The lease on my San Francisco apartment expires in late February, and at that point I’ll move what little stuff I have left into storage and begin a new series of trips.  First I’ll drive to Denver, where I’ll leave my car, and then I’ll head overseas.  My current plan is to start with two of the countries in Southeast Asia I haven’t yet visited – the Philippines and Malaysia – followed by return visits to my favorite places in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.  And then I’m hoping to spend about a month in Mongolia, which has been high on my wish list for a while now.

It’s exciting – and a little nerve-wracking – to finally be pulling the trigger on plane tickets for another long international trip.