a photoblog: California and beyond

I enjoy taking photos and sharing them broadly. Hence, this photoblog. My "style" is somewhat naive, in that I prefer simple composition and design.

About Me

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

God wishes to see people happy. ~ Anne Frank

...mystery is a great embarrassment to the modern mind. ~ Flannery O'Connor

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel Adams

You can either practice being right or practice being kind. ~Anne Lamott

I just want to be good. ~"Alex" in A Clockwork Orange

My name is Roland Allen. I'm a Californian with a couple of cameras and a few thoughts. I live in Orange County, which is in southern California, half way in between Los Angeles and San Diego.

I take pictures and hug trees. I like holidays. I like having rocking chairs on my front porch. I like visiting friends in Seattle. I like people who act nice and play well with others. I also like strong coffee and food with lots of garlic.

I've spent my life in "the Academy" - having been a college and university admissions officer at Westmont College, Colby College, MIT and Stanford University.

I currently hold an appointment as director of college counseling at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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