March 23, 1982: Duane and Laura Spindler of Benicia, California, hug after the return of the USS Coral Sea to Alameda Air Station. The aircraft carrier returned from a seven-month tour that included 78 days in the Indian Ocean.
The carrier's return sparked a media event. Politicians were fighting for a share of the Navy's buildup during the Reagan years.
I covered the ship's arrival for the Vallejo Times-Herald. By staying after most photographers departed, I got this image of the Spindlers – which told the story.
Later that day, I offered this image to Associated Press but was told they had already moved a photo on the regional news wire. After I promised a better picture, AP moved this during a Northern California geographical split.
The next morning, this photograph appeared on the front page of many Bay Area newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury -News and Oakland Tribune.
The USS Coral Sea was decommissioned in 1990 and later scrapped.
Nov. 5, 2018: On Jan. 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established Muir Woods National Monument in 1908. The year before, owner William Kent donated the land to the Federal Government. Kent saved the virgin Redwood forest from a local water company that wanted to dam and flood the location. He suggested naming the site after naturalist John Muir.
March 30, 2015: Warning sign at OstrichLand USA in Buelton, California. The park features over 100 ostriches and emus that visitors can feed - with a special pan with handle. But I'm not going to try petting this ostrich.
Jan. 3, 2020: Camouflage House by Tom Fruin sits in Mulberry Pond at Descanso Gardens in LaCanada Flintridge. The annual Enchanted Forest of Light ends this weekend, and its sold out.
Nov. 5, 2018: Sculptures, including a photographer, sit outside the Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco. Originally named UnderWater World, the aquarium opened in 1996. Poor attendance led to its 1999 bankruptcy. The facility reopened as the Aquarium of the Bay, a non-profit, with emphasis on education and research.
Oct. 13, 2018: Gold prospector statue at Calico Ghost Town near Barstow, California. The former ghost town is now a San Bernardino County Regional Park. Walter Knott, of Knott's Berry Farm fame, purchased Calico in 1951. After restoration, in 1966, Knott donated the town to San Bernardino County.
Oct. 12, 2018: Seven Magic Mountains artwork by Ugo Rondinone south of Las Vegas. The granite columns soar about 25 high above the desert. Opened on May 11, 2016, Seven Magic Mountains originally planned to close in 2018. It's popularity led to a three-year extension until 2021.
My thoughts on images past and present.