"Along for the Ride" [Female Sea Otter and Pup in Morro Bay, California]
"Yellowbeard the Pirate's Booty" [Aurum Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]
"Terraformers' Descendants" [Cyanobacteria at Doublet Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]
"Teton Reflections" [Teton Range from Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming]
"Stone Skyline" [Sandstone Rock Formations in Arches National Park, Utah]
"A Touch of Pink" [Lesser Flamingo at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California]
"Blue Leader" [Blue-Eyed Darner Dragonfly Male in San Luis Obispo, California]
"Let's Get the Flock Outta Here!" [Ross's Geese at Merced National Wildlife Refuge, California]
"Glacier Bay" [Quartz at California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California]
"Peekaboo!" [Blue Morpho Buttefly in San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California]
"Tickets Please" [Railroad Conductor in Portland, Oregon]
"Brush Strokes" [Abandoned Shed In Mojave Desert, California]
"The Golden Age Of Travel" [Union Station In Los Angeles, California]
"Devil's Rope" [Barbed Wire Fence In Atascadero, Califorinia]
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"Along for the Ride" [Female Sea Otter and Pup in Morro Bay, California]
"Yellowbeard the Pirate's Booty" [Aurum Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]
"Stone Skyline" [Sandstone Rock Formations in Arches National Park, Utah]
"Between A Rock And A Hard Place" [Yosemite Valley In Yosemite National Park, California]
"The End of the Day" [Brown Pelican at Sunset in Morro Bay State Park, California]
"Rock Around The Clock" by Darin Volpe [1954 Bel Air Radio At The Golden State Classic Car Show, Paso Robles California]
"Invasion" by Darin Volpe - Moon Jellyfish At California Academy Of Sciences, San Francisco
"The Merc" by Darin Volpe [General Store In Santa Margarita California]
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8088 Miles by Train – Part II: Los Angles, California, to Chicago, Illinois (2256 Miles)
Southwest Chief: Los Angles to Chicago This is Part 2 of my 6-part series covering my 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1. Los Angeles to Chicago Aboard the Southwest Chief Los Angeles to Chicago Play Full Size I had planned my trip and completed the first leg...
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8088 Miles by Train – Part I: San Luis Obispo, California, to Los Angeles, California (221 Miles)
Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles From the Trainwacko Files The Trainwacko Files are stories from the journeys that I took by rail between 2005 and 2008. I had discovered model railroading in the early 1990s, and the logical progression from that was to become a certified Trainwacko. I took a total of eight train trips between the mid 1990s and 2008, and fully documented five of them for my website Trainwacko.com. Even...
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New Uploads for March, 2020
February saw us take two trips to the San Luis and Merced National Wildlife Refuges. February also was the month I finally upgraded my ten year old computer, so no uploads happened due to me getting my new system set up. In the first part of March we visited Morro Bay and got a terrific sea otter show.
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When Mistakes Go Right
Lions Lighthouse for Sight ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach, California. I had arrived in Long Beach by rail the night before I shot this photo back in 2007. On the way from San Luis Obispo, I had changed trains at Los Angeles Union Station and took some interior shots while waiting for the Metro to take me the rest of the way to Long Beach. Interior lighting is very different from daylight. If not...
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The Way I See Things

I am a Fine Art Photographer, an Explorer and Photon Collector with an eclectic TWIST on how I see the textures and patterns that make up our world. I travel both to distant lands and to my own backyard in search of inspiring sights whose reflected light I capture. I see the beauty in both the nature within a National Park and the graffiti covered ruins on Route 66; in the towers of New York and the meadows of rural California. I seek cockatoos in the wild and cows on the farm. I bring details close with a telephoto lens and see a whole scene through a fisheye that shows nearly 100° of view. I stand on rooftops. I lie on my belly.

I share The Way I See Things with you.

The Way Things Started

I grew up in Los Osos, California, located in possibly the most beautiful place in the United States to live – San Luis Obispo County. Ever since I could drive a car my main form of entertainment has been to go exploring – whether the local area, the western United States, or an occasional trip back east to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas.

At around the same time I got my first car I inherited my first camera from my brother, an Aires Viscount 35mm rangefinder from 1959. I carried it everywhere, and it was with this camera that I set out on my first long road trip: California to Denver with a flight out to North Carolina and back. I returned with thirteen rolls of 36 exposures – a whopping 468 frames (more if you remember that you could usually coax an extra frame or two out of those rolls.).

That was back in 1989. Since then I’ve upgraded my camera and lens many times and have expanded my modes of transportation to trains and cruise ships, and even an occasional plane ride (to get me to and from a train, cruise ship, or rental car.) And, of course, I’m still wearing out my cars.

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Ordering Prints

The Way My Store Works

You may order photos through my website and have them delivered virtually anywhere in the world. My print-on-demand service has fulfillment centers in the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, or Australia for fast and economical worldwide delivery.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not happy with a purchase for any reason, you can return it within 30 days of the order date. As soon as the return arrives you will be issued a full refund for the entire purchase price. Please note – shipping charges are not reimbursed unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

My photographs are available in the following formats:

Framed Prints | Canvas Prints |Metal Prints | Acrylic Prints | Wood Prints | Prints and Posters|Greeting Cards

Framed Prints

Prints are produced using acid-free papers with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. Prints ship within 3 – 4 business days.

Framed prints are available in any of over 250 different frames, plus hundreds of matting combinations. Framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Canvas Prints

Bring the art gallery look home with a canvas print. Available in your choice of glossy or matte finish and stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8″ x 5/8″ stretcher bars (museum wrap). All stretched canvases ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Metal Prints

Printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16″ thick aluminum, the high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4″ thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. Metal prints are extremely durable and lightweight, won’t bend, and are water resistant.

The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall. All metal prints ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with mounting hooks and nails.

Acrylic Prints

Photos are printed directly on the back of a 1/4″ sheet of clear acrylic for a stunning presentation. They are available in two mounting options: traditional hanging wire mounted behind the image, or by mounting directly to the wall with aluminum mounting posts that screw into the wall and “float” the print 1″ from the wall.

Wood Prints

Photos are printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4″ thick sheet of maple wood. They are extremely durable and add a rustic feel to any image. Wood prints ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with mounting hooks and nails.

Prints & Posters

Printed on acid-free paper with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All prints include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired. Prints ship within 3 – 4 business days in durable cardboard tubes.

Prints and posters are the same product, just with a different name.

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are 5″ x 7″ in size and are produced on digital offset printers using 100 lb. paper stock. Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss finish. The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in length. Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing or gift giving. Orders ship within 1 -2 business days.

Fine Art America

I use Fine Art America for my printing and distribution. They are the world’s largest art site and produce thousands of prints per day from fulfillment centers in the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, or Australia for fast and economical worldwide delivery. And if you aren’t happy with your order for any reason, you can return it for a full refund.