Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Encircled - RX10, 50mm, f/4, 1/8s, ISO 400.

The roots of a Quiver Tree have grown around and encircled this rock.  

Monday, February 08, 2016

Fairy Circles

Fairy Circles - RX10, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 400.
These “Fairy Circles” are common in Namibia and are circular patches with no vegetation surrounded by grass.  The amazing thing is that people are still unsure about why and how they happen.  Scientists have proposed everything from termites to grasses to Ostrich and gases.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Red-billed Oxpecker on a Giraffe

Red-billed Oxpecker on a Giraffe - 1Ds3, 500mm, f/4, 1/640s, ISO 200.
The Red-billed Oxpecker, also called a “Tickbird” because its diet consists mainly of ticks residing on the bodies of large mammals has an interesting relationship with those mammals.  On the one hand it eats the pesky ticks, but it also sometimes tends to keep poking at existing tick bites, making them bigger looking for food.  These mammals on the other hand can survive without the Oxpecker whereas the Tickbird is heavily dependent on on the mammals for food. There is an interesting debate on whether their relationship is mutualism or parasitism.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Garrapata Beach Remnants

Garrapata Beach Remnants - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 68mm, f/11, 8s, ISO 100.
I returned to Garrapata beach yesterday evening only about a month after my last visit and I could barely recognize the place.  A lot of sand has been washed out and much of the sandy beach is non-existent, its more of a pebble/rocky beach now.  The stairs on the south end of the beach also looked washed out and were closed.  The waves were also impressively large and forceful making a lot of the types of photos I’ve done in the past (with sand and single rocks and receding waves) impossible.  Its amazing how much this beach has changed in the last month.  Did some reading and I believe this is because of El NiƱo which is causing high swells and surf all along the west coast.  I hear Mavericks is pretty wild this year.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Orange and White

Orange and White - 645Z, 80-160 @ 160mm, f/14, 0.5s, ISO 100.

I love photographing the striking orange and white contrast of the moss and lichen that grow on the trees in Point Lobos.  The challenge is usually in trying to make something out of all the busy chaos.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fleeing Lilac Breasted Roller

Fleeing Lilac Breasted Roller - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 560mm, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 1600.

I love the vibrant colors of the Lilac Breasted Roller, its too bad this little guy didn’t take off towards me rather than away.  

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Purple Roller

Purple Roller - 1Ds3, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO 200.

The Purple Roller isn’t as colorful as the Lilac Breasted Roller but it still has some color in its dark purple rump.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Lakeshore Geyser

Lakeshore Geyser - 645Z, 28-45 @ 28mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100.

Though the larger vent was boiling vigorously a larger eruption hasn’t happened in some time.  There are apparently some accounts of very large (50 feet) eruptions in the 20s and 30s (though that was from the smaller vent).  The crazy thing about Yellowstone is that one day some geological change will happen and suddenly either vent could become very active.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Phormidium Mats

Phormidium Mats - 645Z, 28-45 @ 45mm, f/11, 1/80s, ISO 100.

These orange colored tendrils are Phormidium bacteria on the edges of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone.  Almost every hot spring in Yellowstone has bacteria with different colors including orange, green, brown, red and yellow. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ribbons of Water

Ribbons of Water - Leica S 007, 24mm, f/11, 6s, ISO 100.

I keep an eye on the snow pack level in the Sierra on this site to see if we’ll be out of the drought this year.  So far the north and central packs are doing well but it doesn’t look like this alone will be enough, we’ll probably need another winter or two like this to be fully back to normal.  On a less serious note, it should mean great waterfall photography in the spring in the Yosemite area.