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“One of the most haunted lighthouses in the country” — Travel Channel

The volcanic outcrop of Point Sur stand high above the beach
The volcanic outcrop of Point Sur stand high above the beach
Point Sur Lightstation from Highway One. The lighthouse is on the right shoulder of the rock. Photo by the author

Story by David A. Laws


How a signature Silicon Valley start-up’s success decimated the company but led to “the greatest legal accumulation of wealth in history”

The first Fairchild integrated circuit contained four transistors. Photo: Fairchild Semiconductor


Artist’s rendering of a futuristic off-planet settlement floating in space.
Artist’s rendering of a futuristic off-planet settlement floating in space.
Image: VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images

Sixty-five years ago, William Shockley laid the foundation for the region’s domination in tech


“Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Hail Mary …”

British European Airways (BEA) Viscount. Photo: Courtesy The Flight Detective

Story by David A. Laws


“What’s in a name?” — Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare

First use of the name in print. Electronic News, January 11, 1971 page 1.


“So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay” — Robert Frost

Pronghorn, sometimes called California Antelope Photo: David Laws


Condors socialize on the High Peaks of Pinnacles National Park. Photo: Courtesy Gavin Emmons


“I see little difference in magic and science, except to have the opinion that magic is one step ahead of science” — Sybil Leak

Evening shadows fall on Burley market cross.


“Bruton is the only spot in the world I have refused to see again since John died.” — Elaine Steinbeck (1992)

Discove Cottage watercolor painted by Betty Guy for Elaine and John Steinbeck in May 1959. Courtesy: Betty Guy.


The Old Custom House built in 1814, California Historical Landmark # 1. From a vintage postcard in the Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library postcard collection.

David A. Laws

I photograph and write about Gardens, Nature, Travel, and the history of Silicon Valley from my home on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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