Vasquez Rocks – Aqua Dulce

Had a great trip out to Vasquez Rocks near Aqua Dulce last weekend. It was late afternoon but managed to get a few shots before the sun went down. It is definitely worth a trip.


Vasquez Rocks Vista by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks  by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Sundown by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Sundown 2 by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Cloud Formation- by Mike-Hope


Vasquez Rocks Last light by Mike-Hope

Also, just down the road there is a Farm Sanctuary where you can visit for an hour or two and find out some very interesting, and sometimes disturbing, facts about the animals and how they arrived at the sanctuary. Definitely worth a visit and the folks at the sanctuary really do a great job in caring and looking after the animals.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day out!!



Around the Peninsula – Palos Verdes

Hi all,

this MLK weekend was really clear and sunny in the South Bay area of LA, so I took the opportunity to get around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and try out a 24-70mm Sony GM lens, that I managed to get at a really good price. I took some shots of La Venta Inn and then drove around the coast ending up at the Point Vicente Interpretative – Whale watch Center.  Really a great place to visit and take a hike along the cliffs. Anyway I will post a few photos of the Sunday drive. Hope you like them.


La Venta Inn by Mike-Hope


Redondo and beyond from PV by Mike-Hope


House on the Hill – Via Del Monte by Mike-Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope


Hi all,

We were down in San Jan Capistrano last weekend and I came across these water lilies in the Mission area. They were so colorful and reminded me of Monet’s famous water lily collection I had viewed earlier in the year whilst visiting the de Young in San Francisco, so I gave it a bit of a painterly feel. Hope you like it…


via San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope

Mike Hope Photograph - San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies by Michael Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies is a photograph by Michael Hope which was uploaded on September 17th, 2017.

Thanks for taking a look,


Big Band Beat (Mix)

I was messing around with some sounds and found an intro to an old Big Band recording I have, as well as a talking segment from legendary Xavier Cugat where he talks about the joy of bringing people together through music… I added it to the beat mix for this short segment. Hope you like it and I’m working on some extended versions with a Latin/Cuban flavor.


The picture was taken in the colorful town of La Boca, Buenos Ares, Argentina outside of a Tango Cafe

Thanks for taking a listen and if you like it share it 🙂



Falling Close Photo by Mike Hope — National Geographic Your Shot

Taken early morning walking around Quinault lake in the Olympic National forest, not far from Quinault Lodge

Source: Falling Close Photo by Mike Hope — National Geographic Your Shot


Just added a few more pics to this great Nat Geo photo site…sign up for free!!

Thanks for taking a look,