some times you simply feel as if you must post SOMETHING... by geoffrey nichols

though i haven't a clue what it might be as of this moment other than i recently finished reading a beautiful epic of a novel titled "the world of tomorrow" 

i also had a brief photoshoot with the darling Liz* at the "Redneck Riviera" (the beach nymph series)

oh yeah, as of yesterday my work will be carried at the coolest homer decor shop in town, Zazoo'd ;)

by geoffrey nichols

I can’t believe it has been 3 months since i last posted, but here’s some art created this morning...

 because the light was dreamy as was her mind...  

because the light was dreamy as was her mind...  

landscapes, models and sharing travel with those who can't... by geoffrey nichols

the week began with me scouring through thousands of images (and seeking counsel from facebook friends) for a "quiet landscape" photo exhibit held by PHOTOPLACE gallery.  

on tuesday i had a brief headshot session with 2 young aspiring models -- due to time constraints we didn't shoot nearly as much as i planned, but will soon.

amd on wednesday i shared my cross-country road trip with the residents at Angels Senior center in Idlewild. 





because i woke to find interest in this piece... by geoffrey nichols

as an artist all you really want (in addition to a perpetual creative muse) is to have your work hanging on walls.

and so occasionally one must pester those in a position to help mediate such transactions like i did on monday when i reminded an interior designer that i hadn't heard from him after sending many options for a project he was working on.

well, when i woke up on tuesday there was a very encouraging email from said interior designer and now i'm waiting to hear back in terms of some particulars.

so HOPEFULLY a 54x54" version of this will be on a wall SOON!

12 hours at Sebring by geoffrey nichols

as a fan of motorsports & automotive photography the 12 hours i spent shooting the Grand Prix with hopes of landing gig at was truly amazing. (and while they loved the images i wasn't able to get them to Petro in time for publication)

blogging simply for the SEO... by geoffrey nichols

even though its been suggested to me for years that i should have a blog i've never really known what i'd write about and since i've spent 24/7 researching how to increase traffic here i'll start by gratuitously posting some images i've taken recently.

4th installment of "VWT" images : Pixie (and maybe another animal) by geoffrey nichols

so as many of you who followed the tour via social media may have noticed, Pixie and her Instagram "pug_on_a_volvo" were rather popular across america.
and while her IG does feature nearly 300 images, i wasn't too sure people would want a pic of her so i've only collected a few here. (but if you just HAVE to have one feel free to select one from IG)

3rd installment of "VWT" : landscapes by geoffrey nichols

while i certainly witnessed an absolutely astonishing array of vistas during my trip, many of them unfortunatley weren't "capturable", but i will scour the archives for more examples of America's natural beauty.

2nd installment of "VWT" images : vehicles by geoffrey nichols

needless to say i shot a MILLION* cars during the trip, but what constitutes an artful car image is difficult to come by (plus i highly doubt anyone wants a faux advertisement featuring MY car!)

*slight exaggeration but more WILL be added to this album very soon.

1st installment of the "VMT" images : the signs by geoffrey nichols

this album*, along with subsequent genres, will feature the images available for selection by donors of the tour.

again, i thank you all for your involvement.

*these are preliminary selections as albums will increase slightly in the coming days.

PacNo redux, NorCal and the eventual return to the Southland... by geoffrey nichols

so this will be mildly disjointed visually (and possibly here as well) but i'm attempting to catch everyone up to where i sit in Starbucks 5620 @ Highland & Franklin in the heart of Hollywood.

in the previous log i mentioned the vintage tractor holiday lights parade but see now that for some reason no pics made it into the post so that will be rectified.

and being in Calistoga, Angwin, St Helens & Glen Ellen was a very interesting nostalgia rush while simultaneously being odd as my only reason for KNOWING these enclaves is my mother who is NOT there anymore.

the drive from Calistoga to the Bay Area was stunning as usual (and made even better because i listened to Arsenal thump Basel in the Champions League while PSG tied)

visiting of my oldest friends and her family in the east bay suburbs was cool as pixie thoroughly relished watching animated features and playing "cozy cozy" with little boy.

unfortunately, certain logistics forbade me from spending as much time in San Francisco proper as i would've liked, but i did BART in on a rainy night to dine with family friends i've known since the 70s.

the drive down 101 to Santa Barbara was visually uneventful, but the idyllic seaside town was at the height of picturesque when parked along the beach and met 3.5 pugs in the first few minutes we walked along the boardwalk.  the waning rays of light were spent taking pics, creating images and keeping an eye out for coyotes at the hillside cabin of another dear friend. absolutely perfect mexican food capped off the night and then i woke on my birthday to a misty morning and only 2 hours away from the City of Angels.

Breakfast turned out to be quite memorable as 2 women in the Italian cafe stopped me because of my orange sweater and i sat with them so long discussing fashion, the trip and misc that we exchanged info (one of them texted me yesterday that she's trying to connect me with movie producer niece)

the drive "home" along PCH was lackadaisical to say the least with me pulling over in Ventura to treat myself to shirt at Goodwill for $5 (i found 2 rather cool ones), then i stopped at beach campground i'd driven past a THOUSAND times. I also felt compelled to have an AHI burger at Malibu seafood, but guess what... I'm over it. (cause for $13 the fries shouldn't SUCK)

Pixie and I then strolled along Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice where she grew up and... she broke it (it's an internet meme) and amazingly i did NOT buy Japanese Converse. With my hollywood bestie not expecting us until Saturday, she arranged a darling spot for us to bunk in SanMo

saturday graced us with big Arsenal win and then i migrated to Hollywood Heights where i'll stay with dear friend (and the reason for Pixie) for a spell. Sunday, which marked 14 weeks since departure, was honored by NOT driving anywhere! Since then i've encountered epic donuts at AA in Silver Lake, some sherpa worthy dog walks in new neighborhood and the industry networking which is WHY i am here...

so per usual in Starbucksville it's absolutely FREEZING in here, PLUS i have pretty much caught you up so i'm gonna leave and add the pics at home later...

a certain thursday which threw a drumstick in travel plans, an epic Vancouver trip that wasn't and rain. LOTS and LOTS of rain... by geoffrey nichols

so i apologize if you were waiting on this installment with baited breath. I have no valid excuse other than i kinda forgot... but here i am in the bucolic Pleasanton, CA.

the previous entry had me just getting to the Seattle suburb of Issaquah where i spent the oh so soggy days hearing "Pogba!" (see below)

on 11.22 we cheered on Seattle Sounders FC in the 1st leg of the MLS Western Cup Finals at CenturyLink field where of course it rained, but it didn't matter cause i had green & blue hair!

i was invited to spend thanksgiving with my hosts which was lovely and preferable to spending it in cold & soggy Vancouver, BC which i did the next day... which brings me to "an epic Vancouver that wasn't" -- i learned the hard way that one should not "wing it" when it comes to traveling outside of the US, EVEN if that's simply a trip over the border. (i failed to get international calling plan so my phone was rendered virtually useless which then made my attempts to secure lodging via AirBnB that much more difficult. so let me just cut to the chase... I basically spent $200 going to Canada for some adequate chinese spicy noodle soup)

Eventually i departed Seattle and made way south to the Oregon coast where i just HAD to experience Haystack Rock which you will recognize from GOONIES and as awesome as that was had i known i would spend the next 68 miles on some of the darkest, windiest, wettest and foggiest mountain pass roads of my life there's a good chance i would've skipped it.

tuesday found me arriving in the pastoral enclave of Yamhill, OR where my friends have a charming compound and TWELVE prize-winning Tibetan Mastiffs.

Wedneday had me traveling with Lois to PDX at dawn where i explored the city until taking the bus across town to the artsy/ bohemian east side and a lunch time viewing of Arsenal at the coolest dive bar i've encountered in some time, Beulahland.

the end of the week saw me driving south through some of the most amazing farmland i've every seen. billiard table flat, green expanses of land dotted with sheep being illuminated by sunlightpiercing through clouds as i traveled to Crescent City, CA

near sunset i found my way through a VERY sleepy coastal town to spy a famous lighthouse perched on rocky mushroom of an island and that night i slumbered in THE coolest motel constructed in 1957 from ONE giant redwood tree!!!

Saturday had me winding my way down the NorCal coast along one of the most tranquil roadways imaginable.

by nightfall i landed in my mother's former town of Calistoga where the annual Xmas lighted tractor parade was taking place.

a couple of days relaxing in mountaintop retreat with friends of mom was a fantastic treat and then i meandered down towards San Francisco where I'm writing to you now.

so, as you obviously noticed, tardiness in writing as rendered this submission rather scant, BUT there will still be the images which is really what everyone cares about! ;D


it appears i've been distracted by the rainy Emerald City... by geoffrey nichols

because I haven't updated this for quite some time, but i'll do my best to recall what's transpired on the journey since.

well I spent my time in Bozeman visiting dear friends with hikes, vintage sign & car snapping... and i didn't get eaten by any bearsin the mountains (but of course something REALLY bad happened a couple tuesdays ago... and that doesn't even include the passing of my "Mommom" aged 97 years. xoxo Lena)

"black wednesday" had me exploring some of the traditionally industrial areas now turned artistic enclave and most awesome was the behind the scenes look at Hot Mama salsa & burrito company.

we left early thursday morning, but not before experiencing the absolute one of a kind, Granny's Donut shop. we then headed west towards historic Missoula in route to the lake town of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. (but before arriving we stopped in the charming Wallace to witness a unique collection of "vintage whimsy")

at 5:30am friday morning i walked down to the local greasy spoon featured on Diners & Drive-In and ordered the same meal as Guy (chicken fried steak & eggs with gravy and potato scramble)

and because the town was COMPLETELY blanketed in fog there simply was no point in sticking around after breakfast so we made way for Seattle. a gratuitous stop at rest area just across the state line found us meeting a Ladies Auxiliary donating coffee & donuts as it was Veteran's Day. a couple hours later i came upon the geologically exquisite Wild Horse scenic overlook. by early afternoon i made it to Angle Lake and the home of friend I hadn't seen since the '90s.

on Saturday morning i drove into Seattle proper for the first time in my life and got to see it as I'd always envisioned it... wet & stormy! Breakfast took place at the perfect vintage whimsy locale, that night i took light rail into downtown for billiards in pioneer square and pizza in Capitol Hill.

the next few days found Pixie & I taking the train into the city for walking tours along the piers and famous Pikes Place market (yes, where they throw fish and the location of the first Starbucks)

on wednesday we took the train to the Bainbridge Island ferry which reminded us a bit of Old Greenwich. Thursday was spent doing tourista things like Snoqualmie Falls and the adorable historic town of the same name.

the end of the week became a visit to the burbs of Issaquah and youth soccer (really REALLY windy youth soccer!!!)


a glorious week as "one of the family", a Bald Eagle sighting, but amazingly NO POTATOES! by geoffrey nichols

So my time in Idaho with childhood friend and his 5 girls (well, one wife and 4 girls) was magnificent in that they live at the end of a dirt road nestled into the crux of some small hills surrounded by nothing more than sage brush and horses. The stars were so insanely luminescent at night and void of any light pollution that i truly wished to sleep under them (but fear of hungry animals and sub-freezing temps thwarted that)

so my first full day in Hailey was interesting in that i couldn't believe just how DARK the valley was when i awoke. eventually my hosts and their kids stirred (though nobody had to rush off for school because for some reason Halloween is a apparently a holiday)

Jesse took me "up north" about 10 miles into the town of Ketchum where the famed Sun Valley ski resort is located for an amazing coffee & breakfast burrito which we enjoyed on a sofa in the sitting room of small house turned cafe.

the early evening brought trick or treating (which in a mountain with no street lights proved to be QUITE dark)
tuesday consisted of another trip to Ketchum where i experienced one of the cooler Starbucks i've seen and then i introduced Jesse to Arsenal with a "come from behind" win capped off by a truly brilliant play by Mesut Ozil 

on wednesday morning I INSISTED on driving the girls to school (which my ear drums soon regretted) - by midday it was a guys outing to the town of Stanley some 60 miles north which turned out to be one of the most visually amazing drives i've ever been on... and THAT'S when i spotted the Bald Eagle!!!

and by "town" i really should preface Stanley as being a settlement (which is also basically closed for the winter, but there was one saloon open where i had a much needed Coca-Cola)

thursday involved mostly relaxation at the homestead and some more exploration of town and then capped off with a brilliant asian meal at a bistro surprisingly open at 9:30

on friday morning i took off just after dawn to capture early light though the mission proved mildly uneventful i DID get a couple of strong images which you'll see. MOST importantly, friday evening was highlighted by a stage performance of "How Succeed in Business without Really Trying" which the eldest girl was a part of.

apparently saturday was quiet as i scant images aside from some portraits i took of the 4 daughters for the obligatory Christmas Card.

Sunday found me waking at 5am to watch North London Derby (Arsenal vs neighbor Tottenham) and once all the girls woke up Pixie & I ventured off for Montana. Numerous stops for vintage Jeeps, unique modern architecture, Craters of the Moon National Park and the quaint Lost River area had me navigating north into Big Sky country in the dark which isn't my favorite, but was simply how the day turned out.

one day into Bozeman and I'm already understanding why my friends adore it so much. anyway, i'll catch up with you all probably in Seattle.

peace & love