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It’s week 21 already for Monochrome Madness 2!  Time races onward no matter what we Humans are doing, or are hoping to do  each day, week, month, or year.  I present my contribution to Leanne Cole’s MM2 project.

 I spent the morning with several friends out in Elkhorn Slough photographing wildlife from a Pontoon Boat. It was good to hang out with my friends, and get out on the slough.  These young Harbor Seals were enjoying the beautiful sunny morning on the warm mud bank. Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm| Hand-Held| CS6 & Silver Efex Pro 2

This is an image I made while out on Elkhorn Slough on a Pontoon Boat with 17 other members of a Favorite Photography Meet-Up group. It was a lovely morning for me, and a very relaxing Summer morning for these Harbor Seals who are on the bank basking in the morning sun.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| Lexar Professional Digital Film| CS6| Hand-held

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3 girlfriends and I joined one our favorite Photography Meet-Up groups for a morning in Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA. Our group of 18 spent a couple of hours on a 27 ft Pontoon Boat cruising around the slough observing and photographing wildlife and birds.  It was my second time going out on this boat. Both times were lots of fun. Captain Joe, and Naturalist John Carlo were both very informative about the wildlife and birds that call Elkhorn Slough home.

The Slough seemed quiet compared to other times I’ve birded there. We missed early morning feeding time I think, and there weren’t as many Sea Otters as I’ve seen in the past, but there was still plenty to look at.

Here are some of the birds, and animals I saw while out in the Slough-

Brown Pelican- There were quite a few of these gliding around the slough looking for tasty fish.

Brown Pelican

a Harbor Seal sun bathing:

Harbor Seal

an Elegant Tern in Flight

Elegant Tern

Those Terns are so fast and agile! It was challenging getting a sharp image of them in flight.

A Mom Sea Otter and Nursing pup. This might be tricky to see; Mom’s face is at the back grooming the pup, while the pup nurses with its face near Mom’s feet/flippers.

Mom Sea Otter and Nursing PupI photographed the Mom and Pup for a minute then turned around to see if anything good came along in the meantime, and there was! An old bottle with a lovely lavender/purple patina was floating our way. I called it out and said I wanted it. John Carlo very kindly said he’d get it for me. I asked if he had a net, and he replied, “A net. I don’t need a net. I’ll pluck it out.”  With that Captain Joe maneuvered the boat to within grabbing reach, and John Carlo true to his word, plucked it from the water and presented it to me.  My trip souvenir treasure.

There’s a little shell inside the mouth, and it looks old. John Carlo said the Sea Otters probably found it, or dislodged it while looking for food. It once was clear glass, but has seen the sun because it’s turned purple. Especially at the top.  The only markings the bottle has is a number on the bottom; no other maker’s mark are evident.  I’ll probably never know how old it is, or who made it, but I love it!  Thank you John Carlo!

Treasure from the Slough

A small Sea Otter Raft- They group themselves together, sometimes holding hands, and they tie themselves up in the sea grass, and kelp to keep from drifting out to sea while they’re eating, grooming, and sleeping. When they’re grouped like that they look like a raft. This Raft had less than 20 Sea Otters in it.

Sea Otter Raft

Sea Otter wrapped in Sea Grass

Sea Otter Wrapped in Sea Grass_0561

It was a wonderful morning for me, and a relaxing, lazy one for this yawning Sea Otter…

Yawn!Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| Hand-held| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Developed in Photoshop CS6

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P52 30 of 52 Hibiscus

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro lens| Hand-held| CS6

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Precious Beads

A Dahlia from my backyard.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro lens| Tripod| SB910 & SB600 off camera flash

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I’m reblogging this to spread the word!

Originally posted on iPhone Photographer | David Pasillas:

I think I always knew this was going to happen. In fact, I caught someone a few years ago that had stolen one of my iphone photos and was distributing it to people that wanted to create composites. I wasn’t too upset about that because it wasn’t a great photo, and it probably wouldn’t have been used for anything since it was heavily edited. At any rate, a simple cease and desist worked.

This recent discovery is much more upsetting. It’s a bit of a rabbit hole that myself and other artists have been delving into the last few days. At first it looked like another poster website selling photographs that didn’t belong to them. A bit of research has lead us to believe its much worse.

I actually found some of your work on their site too. I’ll mention the names in a minute, but I honestly don’t want…

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This image I made back in May while out looking for Dancing Grebes. This Osprey is looking at its nest where its mate and chicks were.

To see the other images that were submitted this week click over to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2 page here!

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 + Tamron 1.4x TC = 420mm| Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6Silver Efex Pro 2

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I didn’t venture too far for this image; just down the street. In hindsight I should have sought higher ground. Venus was setting fast and if I had been higher I might have been able to photograph longer ,so that Jupiter would have been brighter. Live and learn!

New Moon Venus and a Faint Jupiter

I do like the way the Moon looks, and am pleased I didn’t blow it out. :)

Jupiter is that teeny tiny white dot above and to the right of Venus which is the bright star next to the New Moon.

Nikon Df| AF-D 105mm f2.8@ f/10| 0.3sec| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Manual Focus| Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

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He-Man and I have been hiking every week-end together since his Dr. and Therapist gave him the okay after he ruptured his Patella Tendon and had surgery last November.  He’s really come a long way.

Today he was up for hiking the steepest, and longest hike since he was given the okay.

We gained about 1000 ft in elevation and hiked just about 5 miles. Here are several images I made along the hike.

All were taken with my iPhone 5 and developed in Photoshop CS6

Hiker’s Foe…Poison Oak

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Copyright © 2015 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Mexican Elderberry

Mexican Elderberry

Rain Clouds in the Southeast….Rain Clouds

<Moffett Field Historic Hangers

Moffett Field Hangers from the trail

An unidentified wildflower…or not

Unidentified Flower

Garrod Pond…when we take #1 Grandson on Pony Rides it’s at this stable, and pond that the guides walk him. I love seeing how excited he is walking the Ponies around this pond looking at birds/  in the trees for birds, and looking for ducks in the pond. His Mother says I am influencing his interests.  I can’t say I’m totally innocent or sans motive! If I am able to influence him to love nature, an his environment then I think I can take a back seat and let the young lead.

Garrod Pond and Vineyard from the Trail

I OT: I  offer no excuses I love being a Grandma, and I’m really glad that I’m able to keep hiking,  moving my legs, and hope that I am able to for many years  to come!  I hear the secret to living a long happy, active life is keeping the legs moving.

I am going to try my best to keep moving…uphill!  The reward is going home down hill all the way baby! :)

More to come…


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