Monday, February 29, 2016

Gliding Great Egret

Gliding Great Egret - 1D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

A Great Egret glides towards its nest at Venice Rookery in Florida.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black Browed Albatross in Flight

Black Browed Albatross in Flight - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/5, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

I’m going to post a series of birds in flight images this week and am kicking things off with a Black Browed Albatross in flight over the Southern Ocean.  

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Storm Clouds over White Sands

Storm Clouds over White Sands - Leica S 006, 30-90 @ 32mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

Storm clouds kept threatening snow all afternoon that day.  Fortunately it didn’t start snowing until the night but that also had the side effect of closing the park the next morning.

Eclipse

Eclipse - 5D2, 500mm + 2x, f/8, 0.8s, ISO 6400.

There were a few moments when the clouds parted and the eclipse could be seen resulting in that morning not being a total bust.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Moon and Stars

Moon and Stars - M9, 35mm, f/10, 120s, ISO 160.

Last in the series of long exposures, I was out in Pacific Grove back over 4 years ago preparing to photograph a lunar eclipse which was scheduled to happen at around 6.  It ended up being fairly cloudy so we didn’t get a good view of eclipse.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Point Pinos

Point Pinos - 5D2, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/5.6, 299s, ISO 200.

Another 5 minute 4 AM exposure, now of Point Pinos looking north.  You can see the bits of Monterey city lights in the upper right.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rocks in the Mist

Rocks in the Mist - 5D2, 70-200 @ 90mm, f/5.6, 299s, ISO 200.

Looks like another planet but really this is just Pacific Grove at 4 in the morning with a 5 minute exposure of waves coming in lit by moonlight.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Five Sea Gulls

Five Sea Gulls - 645Z, 80-160 @ 80mm, f/13, 0.6s, ISO 100.

There are five sea gulls perched on four boulders in this image.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Shapes in the Fog

Shapes in the Fog - 645Z, 28-45 @ 40mm, f/16, 13s, ISO 100.

The boulders of Bandon beach are often shrouded by morning fog.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Finger

The Finger - 1DX, 70-200 @ 140mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 4000.

Pretty sure this guy is giving me the finger, doing the whole scratch yourself while flipping’ the bird.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Resting 2

Resting 2 - 1DX, 70-200 @ 165mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 2500.

Another angle of the same resting Chimpanzee.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Resting

Resting - 1DX, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 4000.

I took about 2-1/2 hours of trekking before we finally encountered this Chimpanzee just laying there on the path taking a break.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Calla Patch

Calla Patch - Leica S 007 - 30-90 @ 54mm, f/9.5, 1/12s, ISO 100.

From three to a full patch of Callas including a few about to bloom.  The Calla Lily originates from Africa and in some parts of Australia is considered a weed and pest.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Three Lillies

Three Lilies - Leica S 007, 120mm, f/5.6, 1/180s, ISO 800.

From a pair to now three Lillies.  The form of the Calla Lily is beautiful but the plant is poisonous, especially the roots because it contains Calcium Oxalate.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lily Pair

Lily Pair - Leica S 007, 120mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 800.

I’m kicking off a short series of wild Calla Lily images with this pair.  The scientific name for them is Zantedeschia Aethiopica and is the national flower of Saint Helena.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Magellanic Family

Magellanic Family - D810, 80-400 @ 400mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 200.

Love the little guy poking out from behind.  When people think of Penguins, they think of Antarctica.  However the Magellanic Penguin lives mainly on the coasts of Argentina and Chile (though there are small colonies in the Falklands and South Georgia).

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rockhopper Pair

Rockhopper Pair - 5D3, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 200.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tired

Tired - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 560mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 800.

Its been a busy two weeks and right now I feel like this lioness, ready to rest.  Looking forward to 3 days of lazing around doing nothing.

Friday, February 12, 2016

McWay Rocks

McWay Rocks - Leica S 007, 120mm, f/11, 2s, ISO 100.

A view north towards McWay Rocks, from where the Overlook Trail terminates at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Out at Sea

Out at Sea - Leica S 007, 180mm, f/9.5, 6s, ISO 100.

Two rocky islands on their own out at sea.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Quiver Trees

Quiver Trees - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/4s, ISO 35.

The Quiver Tree to the right is the one from yesterday, up close on the roots.  I found these trees to be fascinating subjects in Namibia.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Encircled

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.