Redding’s Kool April Nites happened at the end of April this year and once again, the Friday night cruise didn’t disappoint. I took my usual stance in the middle of a crosswalk behind a tree to try to capture some of the beauties that drove by. And once again, they had four lanes of classic cars, muscle cars, rat-rods, funny cars, and this year quite a few renovated fire engines and police cars cruising by on a perfectly beautiful Friday evening. Continue reading
Rolling hills of the Palouse
An item on my bucket list was to get to the Palouse region of Washington/Idaho and try to capture the beauty of this unusual terrain. The wheat and canola infused rolling loess hills can create a magical portrait of color and texture, and they almost didn’t disappoint. Due to the unusual wet winter this year (winter 2016/2017), the wheat fields were late to be planted and the canola fields were still barren. But never fear, the beautiful hills were still on display making this traveler/photog want to stop every few feet to get yet another shot. There were more colors of green than I’ve ever seen both in the Palouse and surrounding areas. Continue reading
Animals, especially the wild kind, can be difficult at best to photograph unless you have the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the steady hands of a tattoo artist, and the luck of the Irish. I am Irish, but the rest of the attributes needed for animal photography seem to escape me most days. If it weren’t for the Irish part, I’d probably have no wildlife photographs at all. I’ve previously posted about Photographing Animals, but this post is a little different.
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So, one of my favorite shots is from the Merced Wildlife Reserve in Merced, California. I have many favorites from the reserve, but for some reason this one tickles my fancy.
Okay, maybe not so wild.
California is home to over fifty National Wildlife Refuges, a large number of which are located in the central and north-central valley; one of the most important wintering areas for waterfowl in North America. The Bypasses offer thousands of acres as a haven (of sorts) for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, migratory birds, as well as bats, turtles, toads, snakes, and other critters and creatures. I say a haven ‘of sorts’ because most have some acres blocked off during the October to January hunting season so that waterfowl hunters can ply their hobby.
We are lucky enough to live within one to three hours driving time to many of the larger refuges. I visit them often as I try to figure out my new telephoto lens and one of these days I’ll conquer it or at least the fear of it!
There’s a magical place in the California Sierra Nevada mountains that transforms from a very pretty area during most of the year into a wondrous palette of autumn colors, the likes we don’t normally get to see on the West Coast. Granted, the types of trees and colors are not in par with the Northeast, but Californians can enjoy a little piece of fall colors here.
It’s been so long that we’ve enjoyed a good rain year in California, that I find myself in awe of the lush and vibrant colors this El Nino winter. I just don’t remember when the fields were so green, the sky was filled with such beautiful winter clouds, the river had so many rapids, and the water was so clear. Just a few shots of what the West is experiencing. Continue reading
2015 proved to be an interesting year for photography with the growing popularity of different media and equipment. Drones, phones and crones- oh my! Here are what I consider my best photos of 2015. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them. Continue reading
It’s been four long years of drought for California, leaving some reservoirs at record lows and some 12 million trees dead and dying due to stress from the extreme drought allowing the bark beetle infestation to run rampant. And the stressed and dead trees added to the fuel that fed the devastating wildfires of 2015. Continue reading
After experiencing some very hot days at the 2014 Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada, we planned and prepared for another hot time in the old town this year. Much to our surprise and delight, the temperature in Reno this year averaged about 85 degrees – about 15 to 20 degrees cooler than last year. People actually donned jackets and sweaters in the evening as compared to last year when folks were removing as much clothing as possible! Here are some shots from the 2015 event.