Winging It ~ This beautiful Barn Owl is showing off his wing--aren't I pretty?
Moon Through the Arch ~ The famous Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills, made famous by photographer Galen Rowell and other Sierra photograpers. By the time the moon was setting on this day, the rosy glow of dawn was gone, and the Sierras had taken on their light gray color.
Indian Beach is around a point or two from Cannon Beach. This low tide morning allowed people to walk far out on the sand, which had been covered by surf not long before. The fog bank hovered at the horizon line.
Winding Road ~ This road wanders through Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. I liked the way it curves as it heads out into the beautiful red formations.
~ These are the hands of a young Native American woman, getting ready to go into the dances at a pow wow held at the Morongo reservation. I liked the details of her feather fan, and the beadwork she was wearing.
Secrets in the Rain ~ Another shot of refracted raindrops on the windows, showing the building with white columns across the way. It seems magical to look within the drop to see the secrets held inside.
Old Bristlecone and the Moon ~ I knew there was supposed to be an almost-full moon that night, but the cloud cover was pretty thick, so I didn't know if I would see it at all. Finally it showed itself, came up through the clouds, and made its appearance for about a minute or two before it again slipped behind the clouds.
Here's Lookin' at You ~ The lion had been looking in various directions, and suddenly turned and looked directly into my eyes. San Diego Safari Park.
Red Fox in the Lupine ~ This fox was photographed on San Juan Island, in the Puget Sound, WA. I loved his deep amber eyes. After he studied me awhile, he hopped up on a split rail fence and walked off on top of the fence.
***Published in National Wildlife Federation's August/September 2014 issue***
**Published in National Wildlife Federation's August 2012 issue.**
This group of Two-tailed Swallowtails was just a few of the approximately 30 butterflies that were "puddling" in the parking lot of a picnic area in the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona. Whatever they were licking from the mud and gravel made them so "stoned" that I was able to get very close to them for this shot.
This man was explaining the mechanisms of this old fashioned pistol, at the pirate encampment, Tall Ships Festival.
Church at Bodie ~ This is the last remaining church in Bodie ghost town. It was originally a Methodist Church. It is on one of the main streets of Bodie, and has interesting details.
Morey Mansion ~ One of the beautiful mansions of Redlands, built from proceeds of the orange groves that surrounded it. It has oranges and orange blossoms hand carved into its woodwork. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent the night in one of the bedrooms.
A group of us decided to position ourselves on the cliff above the beach, so we could photograph the Coaster train as it came through the bridge. The bridge is actually the I-5 freeway north of San Diego. We chose late afternoon for the shoot so we could include a great sunset, but the fog came in and there was almost no color and certainly no drama.
Key Deer ~ On the Keys there is a protected area for the Key Deer, which ia an endangered species of very small deer. They were indeed very small and fragile-looking, and had a very sweet manner about them.
Blue sky and water after the rainstorm the night before. Lovely reflections of all those sailboat masts.
The Red Staircase ~ This photo was selected by Imaging-Resources.com as Photo of the Day for December 19, 2011.
I found this staircase as I was driving down the main drag in Palm Springs. Out of the corner of my eye I saw red, went around the block and searched out this inner-courtyard staircase.
I made a stop at San Diego Safari Park, trying out my new Sigma 150-600 mm lens. I'm still getting the hang of it, but it does make sharper pics than my 70-300, and sure can pull subjects in a LOT closer (naturally). This gorilla sat for his portrait.
Reaching For the Moon (Ancient Bristlecone Forest, White Mountains, CA)
I was birding at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, and noted many dragonflies. For the most part they were patrolling the ponds, not alighting on the shore or plants. Several pairs were mating in flight. This pair finally settled on some grass in the water. The lower one is half-submerged in the water, probably laying eggs, and is reflected below.
This sunrise was, paradoxically, shot at Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon, Utah. The early low light seemed to light up the Bryce hoo-doos with an inner glow.
**Selected as a finalist in Photography Forum's Photo Contest and will appear in their "Best Photography of 2012".
Moon in the Sails ~ The almost-full moon rose during the sail, and made a great contrast against the ship's sails.
Desert Sunset ~ It is monsoon season in the southwest deserts, with amazing clouds in the sky daily. Most days I was in the mountains, and missed the sunset moments. I was finally in the town of Sierra Vista, with a promising sky. I drove all over, trying to find a spot without any telephone poles and wires, and waited for the sun to go down. I was happy with the resulting sunset shot.
Glacier Lodge Pond ~ Out of Big Pine, California, up a steep, curvy road, Glacier Lodge is a great stop for birding and photography, camping, hiking. This trout pond reflects the sheer glacier-formed cliffs.
Moonset at the Arch ~ After the storms finally blew through, clear skies at dawn let the moon show through to moonset. I had gone out to Mobius Arch (again), hoping for the dawn's light glowing from the east onto the Sierras, and for the moon to be thrown in for good measure. Success!