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P52 16 of 52 Keeping an Eye on the Sky                                                            Acorn Woodpecker-Male

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 lens at f/8| 1/1250s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held

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Northern Flicker-MaleI’m so excited-this is the best Male-Northern Flickr image I’ve made to date!  It is also the closest I’ve ever been to a Northern Flicker.
My friend Rainey and I had been shooting wildflowers up in the mountains when we were descending we spotted him pecking at the road. He flew up to this perch and stayed just long enough to capture two frames. Both were a bit over exposed, and not as sharp as I would have liked as I was shooting on the fly from the passenger side of the car through the window. Thankfully Adobe Camera Raw, and a bit of sharpening in Photoshop saved the image.

I am not happy about cutting off his tail though. So, while I’m happy to have made this image there is a better one still to be made. The chase continues. :)

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm @ f4| 1/200s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held| San Benito County, California, USA

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P52 15 of 52  Carnivorus Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia leucophylla Carnivorus Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia leucophylla Carnivorus Pitcher Plant

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 105mm micro| Hand-held| Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley,CA, USA

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Sunset Los Gatos, CAIt was a gorgeous sunny day yesterday. The temperature was in the low 80′s. Late in the afternoon I noticed clouds forming and thought the sunset might be a colorful one, so I packed up a light-weight kit and headed over to Vasona Lake.

I had another view framed, but the  clouds and color didn’t drift that way, so I turned around and found the color there.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G @ f8| 1/15s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod

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P 52 14 of 52 Tunnel View Golden HourI ventured North-east to look for Wildflowers  then went into Yosemite National Park to photograph the river, and waterfalls, but couldn’t be in the park and not go up to Tunnel View. I swung by here earlier in the day to see how it looked and thought it would be a good place to shoot the sunset since the clouds were getting thicker by the hour and by 3PM Half Dome was covered in clouds.

I made two images up here a cool version using my Singh Ray LB Color filter then removed the filter and made the warmer image you see here. I’ll share the cooler image soon since I like them both.

This is all the color we got this evening. More clouds rolled in obscuring the sun and blocking any more color. By 7:40pm I was in Pearl (my car) with the heater on thawing out my very cold fingers still hoping the color would come. There were only 3 photographers set up waiting and hoping outside on the observation deck; everyone else had left. Shortly after that all the color faded completely and He-Man and I headed home relaxed, and very content.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm @ f11| 1/30s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| tripod

 

 

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Myself and He-Man headed north-east to Sierra National Forest looking for Spring Wildflowers. We found a few mountain sides covered in California Poppies, and several other Wildflowers in bloom.

We saw Blue Dicks, Lupin two types Miniature, and a larger purple one Mountain? There were buttercups, and Goldfields, Chinese Houses, a tiny white flower like Baby’s Breath, but not. I need to ID that one, and lots of grass! The recent rains really greened things up nicely.

Travelerette and WildflowersWe got to the Trail-head in the late morning with the sun shining, but the Poppies decided to sleep late on this Saturday morning.

We hiked about 2 miles round trip on this trail, then headed to Yosemite to check out the waterfalls, and do a bit of hiking there. Images to follow.

 

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8| Hand-held- Sierra National Forest, California USA

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LionFish             The Lion Fish shows us how to do it.

This is an image I made while at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last Saturday. I think he looks lovely in this royal blue watery background. I am going to look for these patterns, and colors to add to my wardrobe this summer.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8@ f4| 1/320s| ISO 2000| Matrix Metering| Hand-held

 

 

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