I was in California recently for a relatively rare late in the year visit to meet with my colleagues at work. Of course I was able to take some photos during the trip, starting with some aerial shots on the flight from Dallas to San Francisco.

CA Trip Dec 2011

This photo show where the central valley meets up with the coastal hills.

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Next up are some shots from the Monterey area including an egret taken at Elkhorn Slough, a few from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and ending with a Pacific Grove sunset.

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011

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I borrowed a bike (a cool vintage Stumpjumper) for the duration and was able to keep up a good pace, 55 miles in 10 days. Here are some shots taken while pedaling by the southern part of the San Francisco Bay, in the Mountain View/Palo Alto area.

CA Trip Dec 2011
CA Trip Dec 2011
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The Pacific coast north of the city is always worth a few shots. Here we have a Pacific Ocean viewing area followed by Stinson Beach.

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011
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In conclusion we turn to some night shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.

CA Trip Dec 2011

CA Trip Dec 2011
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Additional photos at Flickr.