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Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
November 30, 2017
The Road to Death Valley via Hwy 395

A travelogue photo collection from our 2017 Thanksgiving Death Valley run. The park along with the stunning and always irrepressible Highway 395 never disappoints.

View more images from our road trip here.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
October 25, 2017
Sonoma County Wildfires

California wine country wildfires are 90% contained but now the county is facing the stark reality of what's ahead for residents, businesses and institutions. As of today the number of structures destroyed by the 245,000-acre climbed to 8,400 with 42 fatalities.

View more images focusing on the devastation within Santa Rosa, CA.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
September 2, 2017
Camping run to the NorthWest

We're just back from a 3 week camping trip up through California to Oregon, Washington and topping out on Orcus Island (in the San Juan Islands). Then we turned around and came back down the entire west coast. Lots of highlights and only a couple disappointments. One destination that always hits all the notes for me (as usual) is the quiet drama of Ruby Beach in the Olympic Pennisula.

View the travelogue photos here.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
July 28, 2017
Now exhibiting at VSONOMA

Annamária Pátkai's show is now live at VSONOMA - A Place for Contemporary Photoraphy. I could say more but for now, just stop by and view a show that certainly speaks for itself. Visit the gallery at www.vsonoma.com
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
July 2, 2017
It took awhile

I had driven past this shot numerous times over the past five or six years but traffic on this narrow two lane road that spanned the 'Big Lagoon' was problematic. Just outside Trinity, CA in Northern California I finally conquered my demons and just went for it - scampering out between the road, on-coming traffic and the limited shoreline. Pre-prepped with my camera settings I managed to postion myself for three different angles on this magnificent lagoon...it was worth the wait.

Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
June 1, 2017
Back from Southern California

The land of Pools and Palm Trees. Always great to see my Dad (96 and doing great). Two stops that always add to the usual fast-paced 'bonzai' run down south is a night in Morro Bay (on the way down) and the never 'gets old' back up North route via Hyw 395 (Eastern Sierras).

Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
April 29, 2017
Kauai, Hawaii

We had a fantastic time in Kauai, Hawaii along with our children Rob, Kaci and other members of my extended family. Two take-aways from the furthest western island in the Hawaiian Archipelago were how rustic Kauai remains compared to other islands I've visited over the years and the mind-numbing dramatics of the Na Pali Coast.
View the images from Kauai here
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
April 22, 2017
Photoshop World Conference 2017

Honored to have my work hanging in the lobby of this year's conference held in Orlando, FL.

Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
March 25, 2017
The Opening of the KelbyOne Gallery

It was quite the night being featured as the first solo show at the new Gallery at KelbyOne.
Watch my interview at the KelbyOne Media Group hosted by Larry Becker and view some behind-the-scenes images here.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
March 23, 2017
Miami. Miami!

Miami was pretty much my only shooting opportunity during our whirlwind trip to Florida, but it did deliver up a little variety : )

And the immortal 60's comedian, Lenny Bruce was right. "Miami Beach is where neon goes to die".

View the images from Miami Beach here
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
March 08, 2017
An Overdue Upgrade

My online gallery VSONOMA (a place for Contemporary Photography) ver.1.5
is finally finished and live! http://vsonoma.com/
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com
February 25, 2017
Dancing the Glide

Acrylic on Paper, 30" x 22" - 'Miami Electric Glide'

This was a fairly recent Los Angeles-scene painting and soon after I started it received a very unexpected opportunity and a trip to MIami Beach and Tampa Bay, FL. It was fitting to rename it with the 'Miami moniker'.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

February 13, 2017
Santa Barbara Dreaming

On our recent trip down to Southern California we stayed a night in Santa Barbara at a funky, mid-century motor court motel right next to the marina. It was a recommendation from my in-laws and absolutely a great little spot. We've passed through the city seemingly a hundred times but Carol says we spent a night in Santa Barbara decades ago? That memory is gone....'an unretrievable file' from my hard-drive for sure.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

February 4, 2017
A Solo Show in Florida

To date myself and rekindle some surfer lingo from the 60's, 'pretty stoked' to have won this international competition. I'll be presenting a solo show at Scott Kelby's opening of The Gallery at KelbyOne in Tampa Bay, Florida this March.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

January 20, 2017
Let it Rain

No doubt, the ducks, hyped-up weathermen and kayakers are loving the seemingly endless 40 days and 40 nights of rain.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

January 9, 2017
After the Deluge

Our nationally advertised rains definitely delivered yesterday but I've certainly seen more in past years. But no doubt it had been awhile since a quality soaking like that. Northern CA has a pretty good threshold for taking on a lot of rain and I think the real wake-up call came to those 'sleeping vines' throughout the county.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

January 1, 2017
Just one New Year's resolution

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions but painting more is one I'm taking on. I have been busy on this front for the last 3 months and this one is a detail of a primer'd up old truck that was sitting in the irrepressible 'Pie Town, New Mexico'. The Santa Fe color palette was kept in tact.

For those interested I've been painting on 32" x 20" 300 lb. Arches Hot Press watercolor paper (using Acrylics). The paper is produced in an old world fashion and heavy enough to take a beating or in a pinch, dry wall with : ) See more of my paintings here.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

December 9, 2016
Group Show Video at VSONOMA Gallery

The new VSONOMA'FOUND ART Week' video is now playing at VSONOMA.
VIEW it at: vsonoma.com/video
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

November 2, 2016
Back from our Western Swing

30 days, 5,535 miles and six states later, we covered a 'bit of the landscape across the SouthWest this year. From the majestic beauty of Cathedral Valley at Capital Reef to the mind bending contemporay art of Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico...it was a run!
view more images the Western Swing

Part 2 of the collection is a set of abstract images gathered along the way.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

October 26, 2016
VSONOMA Gallery ~ New Exhibit

The VSONOMA gallery is excited to present photographer Nic Salmon’s show titled “Once Upon a Time and a Place”. This revealing and honest tour-de-force portrait study will lead you straight into the eyes (and beyond) of the young residents living in tough times….all within the backdrop of their ‘steel town’s’ rapid economic decline in Northern England (during the mid 80s).

And don’t miss Nic’s highly entertaining interview that details the genesis of this project and how his subjects coped and found their own ‘alternative reality’ through the burgeoning music scene of the day.

View the show at the main gallery
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

August 18, 2016
Home Away from Home ~ Brookings, OR

After our second camping stay in Brookings, OR in early August, we had to come right back three weeks later. We're in love with this coastal Southern Oregon town and the beach camping it offers up. Harris State Beach (base camp) and neighboring Myers Beach (20 minutes North) are two of the most dramatic beaches I've ever photographed. Massive rock monoliths and sea stacks dot the seascapes all along this area.

Only the magnificent Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, WA can compare...and I like to think I've seen a beach or two over the years : )
view more images from New York
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

July 16, 2016
Paradise (re)Found ~ Armstrong Redwoods Reserve, CA

I have soooooo taken nearby Armstrong Redwoods for granted over the years but have been correcting that of late. Where ever old growth redwoods are it always seems the California Hazelnut Trees are dancing right below 'em. Hoping the fog sticks around through tomorrow morning for another 'closer look'.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

July 7, 2016
A Colossal Project ~ Santa Rosa, CA

I’m in the beginning phases of shooting the Bruce Johnson sculpture installation at the Luther Burbank Center entitled “Root-101”. The installation by Bruce ( a nationally recognized sculptor and Sonoma County resident) consists of 16 monolithic wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, copper, steel and bronze.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

June 22, 2016
VSonoma Gallery is Open ~ In the 'Blogoshpere

Launching this online photography gallery has been on my back burner way too long. FINALLY, The first show has opened and features the eye opening imagery of Steve Zimmermann entitled "The Aerial Perspective"....and don't miss the informative and highly entertaining interview with Steve as well!
View the show at www.vsonoma.com

Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

June 21, 2016
Surfs Up. NOT ~ Doheny State Beach, CA

We had a great time down in Southern California visiting my Dad and 'hanging ten' with all my Southern California in-laws at their annual Father's Day family barbecue at the beach. I grabbed this shot shortly after we arrived at 6am to help reserve a spot for what turned out to be one packed beach that day.

I'll always have a soft spot for Doheny Beach having spent much of my youth growing up in Orange County. I crewed on my father's sailboat for years at Doheny in many a Beer-can Regatta 'da boot.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

March 25, 2016
Central Park Skyline, New York

We're back (the whole family) from NYC and pretty sure we all got our share of exercise and wild cab rides. And if Manhattan ain't the cultural epicenter of the planet, it's way ahead of whatever comes second.

I'm obsessed with getting back to Manhattan but I'll need to find cheaper travel and a serious alternative (discount) in lodging facilities. The place is damn expensive! view more images from New York
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

March 15, 2016
El Nino Rears it's Wet Head ~ Healdsburg, CA

Although El Nino hasn't quite lived up to the weather models (yet), I'm seeing some locations around the Russian River Valley that have exceeded (water-level) views from the past. The vineyard stakes here are 6-7 ft. tall.
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

February 26, 2016
LA Art Rising ~ Los Angeles, CA

I've been watching LA's Art scene evolve for almost forty years starting as an art student attending school in Southern California. It's been a slow, sometimes uneven ascent but has exploded in the last ten - and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. The recent opening of the Broad Museum in downtown LA (Bunker Hill), is undoubtedly one the most impressive private collections of major contemporary art in the country.
view more images from Los Angeles

Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

Wind Farm Architecture ~ Sacramento Delta, CA
January 3, 2016

I found the juxtaposition of this image (a ranch in the Sacramento Delta) pretty damn funny while traveling home from Yosemite last week. "I'm just a simple rancher with a gazillion acres and 500 wind turbines in my backyard".
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

January 2, 2016
First Snowfall ~ Yosemite National Park, CA

I finally got the chance to shoot Yosemite in the snow. We 4-wheeled into a winter wonderland one day after a major winter storm — the first decent snowfall in over two years!

What a place to spend the break inbetween Christmas and New Years! view more images from Yosemite
Mark Wegner, Photographer - www.markwegner.com

November 30, 2015
Thanksgiving on the Dunes ~ Death Valley National Park, CA

Our annual run along Hwy. 395 to Death Valley with in-laws, Ted, Joan and Terri never disappoints. And as usual, late November deserts temps were perfect ranging from high 70s F. in the day to mid 40s F. at night.

view more images from Death Valley