1. Finding poetry in art

    After a few morning assignments in the South Bay I made my way into San Francisco to check out Art Beats at Pier 70 in the city’s Dogpatch District. It was near impossible not to find inspiration in the combination of live painting, eclectic art exhibits and performances, an incredible abandoned building and incredible afternoon light.

    Enjoy a few of my favorite images on my blog and a full album of photos of the show below:


  2. Color the Skies Balloon Festival

    August 31, 2014

    Ripon, CA

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  3. 24th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival

    August 16-17, 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  4. Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally

    July 27, 2014

    Mare Island, Vallejo, CA

    With obstacles that included flying monkeys, zombies and a Mad Hatter tea party, participants bearing wheeled vehicles of every sort – bicycle, rickshaw and pedaled creations of a one-of-a-kind variety, raced their way across the scenic Mare Island for a unique race.

    Gaggles of spectators cheered and watched as costumed characters pedaled along while partaking in innocent fun that rekindled childhood memories and vignettes straight from the pages of a fictional book.

    Hope you enjoy a few frames from the day…


  5. Slice of Heaven: Farm Vignettes

    Sharing a few frames from a summer visit home to my family’s flower farm in Northwest Ohio. From the magical light of a sunset behind rows of flowers to birds flitting from willow tree to next, there is a serenity and calm in this space that I have found in few other places. Wherever I may physically be in life, I will always call this slice of heaven my home.


  6. 2014 CCS Track and Field Championships
    San Jose City College
    May 30, 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

    Full story at http://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/sports/196-track/47647-locals-run-to-state


  7. Memorial Day 2014

    The Presidio

    San Francisco National Cemetery

    San Francisco, CA

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    Hundreds of veterans and members of the public gathered at the Presidio Park in San Francisco to honor veterans who served in branches of the United States military. A parade and ceremony included a 21-Gun Salute, Taps and music.

    Full story published online at http://www.demotix.com/news/4858547/146th-annual-presidio-memorial-day-ceremony-san-francisco#media-4858519.


  8. Urban wanderings in San Jose

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  9. Exploring West San Carlos Street

    San Jose, CA

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  10. Beach Vignettes

    Carmel, CA

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte