A lone California Live Oak silhouette with double starburst, black and white. I walked through lots of stickers to get in the right spot to get the sun starburst directly behind the oak’s tree trunk. I’ve never captured a double starburst like this before, but I really like what it adds to the silhouette, especially as a B&W photo (shooting at a small aperture like f/16 or f/22 is the best way to achieve this result). This particular live oaks was perfect for a silhouette photo with its distinct shape and balanced set of branches. I had originally envisioned a double silhouette with the oak that was next to this tree, but decided it was a bolder photo with the other live oak cropped out. This photo was taken in Concord, CA next to the California State University East Bay Concord Campus (CSUEB Concord Campus) which is a beautiful campus up on some hills.
For a different kind of oak silhouette, check out my previously posted Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette photo.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
January 23, 2014 5:07 pm
The Rock Arch in Joshua Tree provides a perfect foreground for milky way photography. This was my first attempt photographing stars in Joshua Tree (actually any night sky photography). The better part of the milky way was actually in the other part of the sky, but in order to make the composition work with the arch I had to shoot this direction. I’d like to come back in the summer to get a different part of the milky way into the photograph.
Technical details: This photo was at 16mm on a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II (my widest lens, though I wish I could go wider), f/2.8 for 30 seconds at ISO 4000. No HDR here, but I did some curves and levels to increase the contrast in the sky to bring out the stars more. I light painted the foreground rocks with a flashlight - my hand blocking most of the light since it was too bright. With this type of shot, the basic goal is to get as much light captured without getting star trails. At 16mm this means not exposing longer than 30 seconds. Be sure to come at new moon if you want to shoot the milky way because otherwise you won’t see much since the sky will be too bright from the moon.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
January 22, 2014 10:53 am
Dreams under the redwoods. This is Muir Woods (named after the naturalist John Muir) just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods National Monument was established to protect this old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction, and is one of the few places in the area which still has an old-growth forest of coast redwoods.
I used a small aperture (f/22) to get this starburst effect of the sun coming through the trees. This is an HDR processed from 8 exposures each 1 stop apart, and then I added a bit of vignette & blur around the edges to give it a bit of dreamy feel.
You may also be interested in my Mighty Coastal Redwoods photo also taken in John Muir Woods.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
March 15, 2012 9:37 am
This "mud death star" is a big (around 1 foot in diameter) mud bubble captured at mid-burst using a fast shutter speed. This was part of a much bigger bubbling mud pit outside of Rotorua, New Zealand (Wai-O-Tapu). There were many such mud pits, each with its own interval and resulting shape. Some would bubble fast and not very high while others would erupt every couple minutes with mud spewing many feet into the air.
You may also be interested in my Champagne Pool on Mars photo which was also taken in the same area.
January 18, 2012 11:05 pm
Green & red lichen covering the rocks below a waterfall on the south island of New Zealand. You might be surprised that within a mile of this green, temperate rainforest is the edge of Franz Josef Glacier. The western coast of the south island of New Zealand is unique in that you have glaciers next to rain forest, not too far from sea level. Part of the reason that the ice gets so low is that the mountains are so steep and the glacier moves so fast that it gets quite far into warmer climate before melting.
December 21, 2011 10:22 am
Up close to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The textures and flowing lines of the red rock in contrast with the green trees of the foreground and a great blue sky is what drew me to this scene.
December 15, 2011 9:50 am
Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset. This of course is the classic shot that every tourist to the red center of Australia takes. I tried to find an interesting foreground to add a bit of context to the location. I feel like no photo of Uluru really does it justice, but this is better than nothing I suppose.
December 14, 2011 8:07 am
Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset, showing the famous red glow. This is of course the defining monolith of the red center of Australia and the largest found anywhere in the world. You're only seeing about 1/4 of the visible rock in this close-up photo, but I wanted to show the unique textures on the rock face. Tomorrow I'll post a photo showing all of Uluru.
You may also be interested in my Uluru Time-lapse video which I shot at the same time using a different camera.
December 13, 2011 9:01 am
This is the classic overlook at Echo Point that everyone goes to when visiting the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Australia. This is for good reason, of course, since the overlook provides a great view of The Three Sisters (those sandstone pillars you see on the left) and the rest of the Jamison Valley below. In the distance you can see some of the blue haze that gives The Blue Mountains their name, which is caused by the abundant eucalyptus trees which give off a oil vapor that mixes with the atmosphere.
December 12, 2011 9:06 am
The spectacular Katoomba Falls is one of the highlights of the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Area a couple of hours west of Sydney. This view of the falls is from the Katoomba Scenic Skyway, one of several ways to see the Blue Mountains at "Scenic World." I hope this photo gives a sense of scale, showing the height of this magnificent cascade.
December 8, 2011 9:00 am
As we drove on the north island of New Zealand we couldn't believe how many scenes like this we saw along the side of the road. This particular sheep farm just outside of Matamata is Hobbiton of The Shire from Lord of the Rings. Just around the corner to the left in this photo, dug into the hillside, are the hobbit holes and all the other features of Hobbiton that you see in the films. They had just finished filming The Hobbit when we were there, so they made us promise not to post any photos of the hobbit holes until the movies come out. But this photo is just outside that area, and still gives you a sense of what the countryside of Hobbiton looks like.
December 6, 2011 9:00 am
It rained for much of my short visit to Milford Sound, which isn't surprising considering it's the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world. Milford Sound has been known to receive 10 inches of rain in the span of 24 hours, which is about as much rain as Los Angeles gets in an entire year. Annual rainfall is over 22 feet (over 6.5 meters). But it isn't just always raining; the weather changed dramatically over the course of my 2-hour boat ride, even breaking up for some sun for a little while. In this photo you can see a new batch of rain descending down the steep glacier-carved peaks.
December 2, 2011 2:21 pm
This is spectacular Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of the northern island of New Zealand. The limestone sea stack on the beach (called Te Hoho Rock) used to be a sea cave connected to the mainland but it eventually eroded, leaving this pinnacle. I climbed above a different sea cave to get the ferns in the foreground while looking down on Cathedral Cove.
See my Entrance to Narnia photo for the view from the sea cave below.
December 1, 2011 9:39 am
The fish/seafood section of any Indonesian market is always interesting (and full of smells). This fisherman was eager to show off his best catch of the day. I think this is a tuna or mackerel.
July 14, 2011 8:03 am
This tiny sand spit looks like a great place to hang out for the day, but perhaps not such a good place to be marooned. I imagine the snorkeling and scuba diving around this tiny island would be spectacular. This is one of the many islands near the bigger island of Yapen in Papua, Indonesia as seen from the air. It looks like it's on its way to becoming an atoll.
July 7, 2011 8:01 am
This rainbow was God's gift to our group after we finished hiking up a landslide in the rain at the highest point on Yapen Island in Papua, Indonesia. We're pretty sure this proves the discovery of Never Never Land from 'Peter Pan', though we didn't have time to hike down to check. Yes, the rainbow was this vibrant; no HDR or special effects added.
July 5, 2011 10:47 am
Brown-eyed susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta) with a field of color behind (mostly statice as seen in my previous photo). No HDR or anything fancy; just nice evening light.
March 10, 2011 9:12 am
I took this photo along the coastline in Solana Beach, CA (north county San Diego). I liked the colors of the statice plant mixed with the green background.
March 9, 2011 10:00 am
This is the beautiful view we enjoyed while hiking through the rice terraces in Buscalan Village near Tinglayan (Cordillera Mountains), Kalinga Province of Luzon, Philippines.
February 2, 2011 2:57 pm
The lighting was perfect, and this Broad-Billed Hummingbird sat still for an unusually long time (at least a minute). Fortunately, I had my 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached to my camera and ready to go. I took this photo at the Fanciful Flyers walk-in exhibit at The Living Desert wildlife & botanical park near Palm Springs, CA.
January 27, 2011 11:52 am
This cool plateau of flat rocks on the beach is found at Sunset Cliffs Park on the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, CA. The jigsaw pattern of cracks in the rocks reminds me of the top of Devil's Postpile near Mammoth Lakes, CA. The purple afterglow show up after the sun had already set as the sky was changing color. The color in this photo wasn't added artificially; in fact, I desaturated it a bit since it looked "too" purple in the original photo.
January 17, 2011 10:53 am
A lonely lupin flower shooting up from a field of green, illuminated from behind by the setting sun. I took this photo last night in the hills of Irvine, CA seconds before the sun dipped below the horizon. My camera was only about 10 inches away from the flower, zoomed out to a wide 16mm. This is an HDR merged from 6 exposures 2 stops apart.
January 10, 2011 10:53 am
What drew me to this scene was the rock layers in the cliffs meeting the flowing ocean waves below. I feel like the scene works best as a black & white HDR to match the mood of the coastline. I took this photo in the same general area as my last Point Loma Cliffs photo.
January 6, 2011 10:24 am
This is about as close as you can get to a "teddy bear" cholla cactus without getting stuck with their stickers. This photo shows a closeup of a cholla cactus with more of the cactus garden visible behind. If you haven't already seen it, you may want to check out my other Teddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise photo.
December 1, 2010 7:20 am
Ocean wave frozen in time at sunset. The waves at Little Corona weren't particularly big, but this rock was positioned perfectly to cause a good amount of spray. This is an HDR processed from a single RAW image outputted at multiple exposures.
November 27, 2010 2:59 pm
Catalina Island is visible on the horizon below the incredible painted sky as seen from Corona del Mar. This sunset kept getting better and better, until this final moment before all the color faded. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after my previous Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset photo.
November 18, 2010 8:46 pm
This egret landed in front of me on a cool rock partway out into the ocean and stood there as if watching the sunset. By this point the sun had already set, but the colors kept getting more and more vibrant. This photo was taken last Sunday at Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA.
For the photographers out there, you may be interested to note that this photo was taken at ISO 800, which to me is quite impressive considering how clean it looks. I applied a slight bit of noise reduction to the horizon, but mostly it's a testament to the awesome Canon 5D Mark II low light performance. I used a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached at f/5.6.
November 17, 2010 11:37 am
I walked partway out into the shallow Taughannock River to get this photo looking downstream at the beautiful Lower Taughannock Falls. Notice the stone bridge in the distance. The fall colors were particularly vibrant since the trees were still wet from rain, and it was early morning so the light was even. This photo was taken just downstream from the main Taughannock Falls photo I posted yesterday.
November 2, 2010 9:47 am
Taughannock Falls is a spectacular 215 foot waterfall in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York just north of Ithaca. We stayed overnight down the road from Taughannock State Park at Taughannock Farms Inn. Apparently this waterfall is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. The gorge is especially beautiful this time of year with the fall colors.
November 1, 2010 11:04 am
The weather was perfect, and 2 rainbows were visible for our short visit to Niagara Falls. This is Horseshoe Falls (or Canadian Falls) as seen from the Canada side. The rest of Niagara Falls is the American Falls which is not visible here, but is off the the left of the photo. The large Maid of the Mist tour boat gives a bit of perspective to these impressive falls.
October 27, 2010 9:15 am
Just northeast of Philadelphia is Bucks County, a beautiful area along the Delaware River bordering New Jersey. The drive along Route 32 (River Road) from Washington Crossing (where George Washington so famously crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War) to New Hope is an excellent day trip that takes you to Bowman's Hill Tower, from which this photo was taken.
October 26, 2010 8:00 am
This is one of the most awesome coves along the CA coastline. How can you beat an 80 foot waterfall spilling right onto the beach, in a secluded cove? This is McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA.
Of course, it would be way cooler to be standing on the beach below right next to (or underneath) the waterfall. I have wanted to do that ever since the first time I saw this falls (and I know the best route down), but have so far restrained myself due to the very clear signs telling you not to go down there. I have been told the fine is hefty.
October 7, 2010 10:15 am
I love how this white (no doubt due to bird droppings) rock island seems to be suspended in the air, floating amidst the fog. The coastline along Big Sur is always changing along with the dynamic fog. No fancy HDR involved this time.
October 6, 2010 8:00 am
Another photo from the "subway" canyon in Zion National Park. There are a couple places where the water forms narrow chutes like this which are really cool. This one is downstream from the main subway section.
October 4, 2010 4:20 pm
I had the great privilege of canyoneering "The Subway" route in Zion National Park (Utah) for a second time last weekend. It is truly a spectacular canyon, especially this section for which it is named. The light shining through the subway leads you around the corner to the grand exit. Perhaps another time I will post a photo of that part. Oh, and I must point out that the slippery slope coming in from the left makes a great water slide.
To save space and weight while canyoneering I didn't take a big tripod this time, so this photo was taken with my Gorillapod, while lying in the stream.
October 1, 2010 7:46 pm
This is one of the best views in Montana De Oro State Park along the cliff trail. The chimney rock island that you see here has a cave or hole that goes all the way through to the other side. I used a really wide (16mm) lens to get the foreground in as much as possible.
September 23, 2010 9:51 am
Montana De Oro State Park near San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay boasts amazing coastline just waiting to be photographed. To capture this photo I added as many polarizers and ND filters as I could to get a slow shutter speed, since I was there in the middle of the day, but I wanted to show the movement of the ocean. I like the diagonal lines with the shape of the waves flowing over the shallow rocks.
September 22, 2010 10:17 am
The green grasses growing on the Pismo (Oceano) Dunes near Pismo Beach, CA. The low light near sunset provided for some interesting contrast between these 2 small dunes which I tried to use to my advantage in composing the photo. The grass on the hillside behind is leaning away from the ocean due to the strong winds. It almost looks like underwater soft coral.
September 17, 2010 7:45 am
This is the portal, or sea arch rock at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). I took this photo right after the sun dipped below the horizon, leaving behind a yellow-orange glow. At high tide like this it's fun watching the waves funnel through the opening in the rock.
To get this photo, I raced down the windy road to Pfeiffer Beach and then dashed like a madman from my car down the path and across the beach a ways to this spot carrying my tripod and camera backpack. There were some couples on the beach leaving as I arrived, and I think they were a bit bewildered to see me zoom by and throw down my tripod. I had hoped to make it here before the sun actually set, but I'm happy I still was able to get a good shot.
September 16, 2010 9:48 am
Look up in awe at the mighty coastal redwoods with their ridged reddish bark. This photo was taken in Muir Woods, just north of the San Francisco Bay in Mill Valley. The coast redwoods thrive in places like this that often have dense fog. They are generally taller but not as thick in diameter as the related giant sequoias.
September 14, 2010 9:31 am
Another photo from BC's Sunshine Coast (north of Vancouver), taken March 4, 2010 while hiking the trail we thought was going to take us to Gospel Rock, but instead left us lost.
June 8, 2010 9:17 am
I like the way this rocky seascape looks in black and white with the stormy clouds above. This photo looking out at English Bay in Vancouver was taken very close to my Inukshuk photo and also my photo of Vancouver's West End.
June 5, 2010 11:36 am
This epic view from Gospel Rock was the highlight of my visit to Gibsons Landing on BC's sunshine coast. A local told us the name comes from the days of pirate ships, which found shelter in this harbor. The local pastor would preach the gospel from this rock before blessing the pirate ships as they headed out to sea. I'm not sure if this is true, but it makes a good story.
As a side note, if you're ever at the seaside village of Gibsons Landing and want to find Gospel Rock, don't follow the trail marked on the map as going to Gospel Rock. That's a false gospel that will lead you down the wrong path. We got lost following this trail. Follow the main road towards the west instead and you'll see the rock outcropping on the coastal side of the road at a turn in the road. Oh, and don't keep calling it Preacher's Rock like I did.
Technical photo details: The full-size image is about 40 megapixels (8,174 x 4,815 pixels), combined from 4 photos, each processed from 3 exposures as an HDR in Photomatix before merging into this panorama in Photoshop CS4. Then some dodging & burning, curves, and other minor adjustments were made.
My previous I Can Fly photo was also taken here at Gospel Rock.
June 3, 2010 9:49 am
There's a reason they call it Joshua Tree National Park: these unique Joshua "trees" are found only in this high desert region of California, especially within the national park. I should note that Joshua Trees are hard to climb, a fact I have found out first hand. I've made many trips to this area, and this is a photo from back in 2005 that I ran across today.
This HDR was processed from a single original RAW photo outputted to 3 separate images at 1.5 exposures apart.
May 29, 2010 11:10 am
I couldn't resist posting another bamboo photo, taken in the same grove as my previous bamboo perspective photo. No HDR involved this time.
May 22, 2010 9:57 pm
Strangler fig trees, banyan trees, and ficus trees are the best kind of trees for tree climbing, with plenty of roots and vines to grab onto. This particular strangler fig isn't as big as some that I've climbed, yet still a very cool tree. This strangler fig was in Key Largo, but I've seen many like it in the Philippines and Indonesia.
May 20, 2010 10:20 am
A river is formed, ready to be explored. This is the headwaters of the Wekiwa River (some say Wekiva). Clear freshwater comes bubbling out of the ground here to form this beautiful river, which is north of Orlando, Florida. I hope to go canoeing from this spot later this summer.
May 14, 2010 9:09 am
Live oaks draped in Spanish moss at Wekiwa Springs State Park north of Orlando, Florida.
May 10, 2010 11:56 am
The most distinct aspect of the Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox) is its snorkel-like nose which you can see prominently in this photo. (But I just like to call it the Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle.) It's also recognized by its flat leathery carapace (shell). This rather large adult (about 2 feet) crossed the path in front of us right as we started on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. This trail is a must-see for anyone visiting the Everglades.
April 29, 2010 9:04 am
Entering the main canyon on 'The Subway' route in Zion. This is the first view of the bottom of the canyon as you descend the steep slope to the sandy floor.
November 25, 2009 10:48 pm
Aaron standing in the bottom of a narrow canyon in Zion which is beautifully sculptured by flowing water. This photo was processed as an HDR, and then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.
November 22, 2009 10:55 am
Another photo from the "subway" canyoneering route in Zion. This photo was taken looking the opposite direction from my first subway canyoneering photo. Notice the swirling water pattern visible on the right of the photo as the autumn leaves floated in the water during this long exposure.
November 17, 2009 2:32 pm
A closer shot of the Red Falls in Zion National Park, UT. The rock in this area is naturally reddish-orange, giving the falls this distinct color. Look closely for the fall-colored leaves embedded in the creek at certain points.
November 12, 2009 8:00 am
An old car rusting away in the middle of Bodie, CA. This gold mining ghost town (now a state historic park) is an interesting place to visit just north of Mono Lake and Lee Vining in central CA. Within one year (1878) this town grew from 20 to 10,000 miners, gamblers, and other entrepreneurs searching for wealth. Years later it was quickly abandoned, leaving behind a well-preserved town.
November 4, 2009 11:13 pm
The orange canyon walls in Zion make a fitting backdrop for the yellow fall leaves, mixed with some green for good measure. Same canyon as my previous canyoneering photos.
November 3, 2009 11:39 pm
Morning in Marchissy Switzerland. The cows that give us all that good Swiss cheese are taken out to pasture early in the morning. This photo is actually a single frame from video I shot with my Canon 5D Mark II. View the Morning in Marchissy Switzerland video here. The small town of Marchissy is north of Lake Geneva (Switzerland) near Nyon. You may also be interested in my previously-posted Farmhouse in Marchissy, Switzerland Photo.
September 21, 2009 8:00 am
A horse grazing by a farmhouse in the small town of Marchissy, north of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Katie and I spent one night in Marchissy with my cousin and his family at the beginning of our recent trip. It was a beautiful place to try to get over jet-lag and experience a bit of rural Swiss life.
September 17, 2009 10:08 pm
Looking up through the trees while hiking near Vancouver, BC, Canada.
May 28, 2009 8:01 am
This pet black capped lorikeet was quite good at mimicking laughs, common village sounds, and even talking (though no English of course :) ). I had a pet black capped lorikeet just like this as a kid growing up in Papua.
May 19, 2009 8:04 am
Low tide in Birch Bay with my super-wide fisheye lens (Tokina 10-17mm).
May 16, 2009 8:04 am
These silhouetted trees with the vibrant sunset behind remind me of sticks in front of a fire. I took this photo out the car window while we were driving from Seattle to Vancouver.
May 15, 2009 8:04 am
A seagull flies above Birch Bay around sunset. I adjusted the red, green, and blue levels separately to get this surreal effect which conveys the mood of this peaceful evening. This was taken on the same trip up as the previous photo, across the border in Birch Bay, Washington.
May 14, 2009 8:04 am
Now for something different, from the other side of the world: a photo from beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This was on an afternoon walk with good friends we were visiting back in February.
May 12, 2009 9:10 pm
I ran across this spider on a walk in Indonesia (Bunaken Island). I should point out that even though it looks like he only has 4 legs, in fact if you look really closely you'll see 8 legs since each leg is doubled up. I'm not sure why.
April 17, 2009 2:56 pm
Wild boar in its bamboo cage. These people don't usually raise livestock, but if they happen upon a young wild boar, they'll take care of it until feast time.
April 3, 2009 3:38 pm
Planting the small shoots of rice in a new rice field.
December 20, 2008 5:30 am
I'm not sure what these purple flowers are called. Anyone know? Update: Bill has informed me these are shooting stars. This photo is also from Rock Creek in the Sierras (like the last one I posted). I took this while lying down, with the camera about a foot above the ground to isolate these two particular flowers from the rest that were in the field.
July 6, 2008 9:09 pm
God's fireworks for this 4th of July - Indian paintbrush from our hike today at Rock Creek in the Sierras.
July 4, 2008 6:30 pm
I don't know what these birds are called, but there were lots of them at the Santika resort that Katie and I stayed in for one night in Manado, Indonesia. They build their nests in these small palm trees, and I love how the nuts look like strings of Christmas lights adorning the entrance to their nest.
June 29, 2008 9:00 pm
Early morning light dusting the rocks in Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, CA
June 27, 2008 8:13 pm
These saline soaked roots at Mono Lake look to me like a wooden octopus emerging from the lake.
June 16, 2008 3:43 am
Looking west towards the sunset over the Sierras at Mono Lake South Tufa.
June 15, 2008 12:09 pm
June 12, 2008 8:14 pm
Katie noticed these pussy willows at Rock Creek up from Bishop, CA.
June 7, 2008 3:51 pm
The Buddhist pagoda in the foreground contrasts with the LA city skyline in the distance in this photo taken last night from the hiking/biking trails above Turnbull Canyon in Whittier. Apparently this pagoda, built on the highest point of Rose Hills Memorial Park, is the largest in the US. I took this as Brian and I hiked across the hills and down to Rio Hondo Community College.
June 6, 2008 3:51 pm
The creek above Twin Lakes in Mammoth, before it plunges down the waterfall to the two lakes below.
June 3, 2008 8:55 am
The olive-backed sunbird is the closest thing to a hummingbird that you will find in SE Asia. This particular one kept coming back to these flowers next to the swimming pool complex near where my parents live. I didn't do much swimming that day as I chased him to various flowers to capture a good shot.
May 6, 2008 8:40 pm
This butterfly photo was taken at the same place as the previous photo of the sunbird. I believe this is a type of blue morpho butterfly, but I could be wrong.
May 6, 2008 8:35 pm
Coconuts can be drunk and eaten at many stages, from green to brown. The coconut milk generally tastes better when green, but the meat inside gets thicker towards the brown stage. These coconuts are halfway, meaning the meat is probably still relatively soft and thin, but starting to get a bit crunchy.
May 4, 2008 10:55 pm
The interesting textures of a banana leaf which is turning brown and dying.
May 4, 2008 10:50 pm
Gunung (Mountain in Indonesian) Klabat is another of the many volcanoes in the area where my parents live. My Dad has climbed it once, and we almost climbed it, but canceled the trip due to some foot injuries I had from climbing down into the crater of Mahawu. I took this photo at dusk from the car window as we were driving up the hill towards the town where my parents live.
February 19, 2008 5:32 am
Living in the Pacific Ring of Fire means living close to quite a few volcanoes, such as Mahawu. This is a favorite hiking destination for my parents since it can easily be done in an afternoon from where they live. As I took this photo from the rim of the crater, I could hear the bubbling of the hot center below. It's a steep climb from here down to the bottom, but definitely worth the effort.
February 17, 2008 6:40 pm
As you can see, I'm posting some older photos. This one is from a hike we did with Joe and Andy Christmas day in Carbon Canyon. We enjoyed having both Joe and Andy around this last Christmas, though we were bummed Mom & Dad couldn't be here.
August 22, 2007 4:36 am
One of the many incredible orchids we saw at the special orchid display last year at the Huntington Gardens. God must have had fun designing these.
August 17, 2007 5:30 am
I spotted this small yellow flower near Corona Del Mar. It's hard to tell, but the diameter of the flower was less than an inch. Not sure what kind it is. It looks similar to a poppy, but the stamina are different.
August 14, 2007 10:25 pm
I don't usually think much of pelicans, but when this one flew right over me, I noticed how big and majestic they can be. I especially like this shot because you can see his eye, and the orderly feathers under the wing.
June 27, 2007 5:00 am
Three terns showing three positions in the sequence of dive-bombing for food. It's almost as if I captured multiple exposures of one tern, but these are three separate birds fighting for the same school of fish. I took this last night at Bolsa Chica while hanging out with Dan Issler.
June 25, 2007 8:26 am
A guest contribution from my Dad in Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. This tasty BBQ was part of the wedding feast preparations for a Minahasan wedding they attended March 17. The Minahasa people are known for eating just about anything around, including bats, rats, and dogs.
March 26, 2007 7:59 pm
Manzanita means "Little Apple." This small tree is one of my favorites in this area because of the really cool bark.
November 8, 2006 3:33 am
Katie and I found this oak on a hike while in Julian celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary.
Interesting facts from my Dad: This is most likely a Black Oak. There are two basic categories of quercus (cork comes from oaks in Spain so the genus for oak sounds like cork). There are the white and the red. This is in the red group, I believe. The white ones have less tanic acid in the acorns and include the California Live Oak. They are more edible and are evergreen. A deciduous oak in southern California is generally called a Black Oak.
November 3, 2006 4:20 am
It's not too often that you see these guys resting. This one was perched on a dead tree left by the 2004 fire that hit the area around the town of Julian, CA. The surrounding branches were already mostly black and white in the original photo, so I decided to take it one step further and make the background completely black and white.
Dad says it's probably Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna). There are times the Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) looks similar, though. Maybe Jon or Libby Rowley have some thoughts.
November 1, 2006 9:42 pm