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Golden California Live Oaks SilhouetteSequoia Coast Redwoods - Muir Woods National MonumentField of Color in Solana Beach: Brown-Eyed Susan FlowersBuscalan Rice Terraces - Kalinga, Luzon, PhilippinesIlluminated Lupin FlowerGreen Fern Shoot Sunrise in the Desert - Joshua Trees, Yucca, and a Rocky MountainCholla Cactus Garden - Joshua Tree National ParkTeddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise - Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua TreeMighty Coastal Redwoods - Muir Woods, CAJoshua TreeStrangler Fig - Banyan TreePeeling Gumbo Limbo, Bathed in LightLive Oaks Draped in Spanish Moss - Wekiwa SpringsGreen Bamboo PerspectiveCherry Blossoms on BlueBrilliant GreenCoffee Bean CloseupCoffee Bean DryingCoffee Fruit / Coffee Cherry CloseupCoffee Fruit Wet ProcessingBurst of FireRock Creek Pussy WillowBanana LeafChristmas Day in Southern CAMushroomsAmazing OrchidGlimpse into GloryManzanita BarkFall Oak
Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette
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Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette

California Live Oaks silhouetted on a golden California hillside - this is one of the scenes that makes you realize why California is often referred to as the Golden State. I took this photo in Walnut Creek, CA, but this scene is common in much of the central coast of CA: golden hills rolling through the distance with random California live oak trees amongst grass and mustard plants.

These two distinct live oaks stood out to me as awesome silhouette subjects when I saw them earlier in the day while visiting this area and I envisioned a photo similar to this. When I came back later at sunset, I was stoked to see that the scene I had pictured before was actually going to work out! This very often doesn’t happen, but in this case I was able to get a composition of the trees on the hillside in a way that worked well with the position of the sun. As the sun set, the golden light started pouring out to complete the scene.

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January 17, 2014 5:28 pm      Permalink

Sequoia Coast Redwoods - Muir Woods National Monument
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Sequoia Coast Redwoods - Muir Woods National Monument

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.

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March 15, 2012 9:37 am      Permalink

Field of Color in Solana Beach: Brown-Eyed Susan Flowers
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Field of Color in Solana Beach: Brown-Eyed Susan Flowers

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.

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March 10, 2011 9:12 am      Permalink

Buscalan Rice Terraces - Kalinga, Luzon, Philippines
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Buscalan Rice Terraces - Kalinga, Luzon, Philippines

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.

More rice photos: Bayyo Rice Terraces, Ifugao Rice Terraces, Rice Planting, and Gathering Rice Shoots.

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February 2, 2011 2:57 pm      Permalink

Illuminated Lupin Flower
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Illuminated Lupin Flower

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.

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January 10, 2011 10:53 am      Permalink

Green Fern Shoot
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Green Fern Shoot

A young green fern with stickers and a new bud. I photographed these green fern shoots in Sulawesi, Indonesia right after a rain storm.

Related photos from Indonesia: Blingbing Star Fruit, Yellow Coconuts, and Brilliant Green.

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January 7, 2011 9:25 pm      Permalink

Sunrise in the Desert - Joshua Trees, Yucca, and a Rocky Mountain
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Sunrise in the Desert - Joshua Trees, Yucca, and a Rocky Mountain

Early morning light hits a rocky hillside in Joshua Tree National Park, with Joshua Trees and Yucca plants in the foreground.

Past Joshua Tree Photos you may be interested in: Panorama at Sunset, Suspended Boulder, Joshua Tree, Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise, and Cholla Cactus Garden.

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December 3, 2010 10:47 pm      Permalink

Cholla Cactus Garden - Joshua Tree National Park
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Cholla Cactus Garden - Joshua Tree National Park

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.

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December 1, 2010 7:20 am      Permalink

Teddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise - Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree
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Teddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise - Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree

Sunrise in the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park. This section of the park isn't really a garden (it wasn't intentionally planted), but it seems that way with hundreds of teddy bear cholla cactus plants growing together.

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November 30, 2010 10:21 am      Permalink

Mighty Coastal Redwoods - Muir Woods, CA
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Mighty Coastal Redwoods - Muir Woods, CA

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.

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September 14, 2010 9:31 am      Permalink

Joshua Tree
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Joshua Tree

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.

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May 29, 2010 11:10 am      Permalink

Strangler Fig - Banyan Tree
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Strangler Fig - Banyan Tree

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.

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May 20, 2010 10:20 am      Permalink

Peeling Gumbo Limbo, Bathed in Light
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Peeling Gumbo Limbo, Bathed in Light

A gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) bathed in evening light. The characteristic peeling bark on this gumbo limbo looks like an open 3-way hatch. The locals like to call these "tourist trees" presumably since the bark reminds them of the sunburnt skin of tourists trying to get a tan. These trees are common in Florida along the coast since they are salt tolerant.

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May 18, 2010 8:06 am      Permalink

Live Oaks Draped in Spanish Moss - Wekiwa Springs
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Live Oaks Draped in Spanish Moss - Wekiwa Springs

Live oaks draped in Spanish moss at Wekiwa Springs State Park north of Orlando, Florida.

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May 10, 2010 11:56 am      Permalink

Green Bamboo Perspective
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Green Bamboo Perspective

I love bamboo. It's one of the most amazing plants in creation. This bamboo grove with ferns was part of the hotel grounds where we stayed in Key Largo.

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May 4, 2010 10:16 am      Permalink

Cherry Blossoms on Blue
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Cherry Blossoms on Blue

The cherry blossoms were out in full force during our visit to Vancouver.

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March 12, 2010 9:53 pm      Permalink

Brilliant Green
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Brilliant Green

Close-up of a green banana leaf stem.

June 19, 2009 10:16 pm      Permalink

Coffee Bean Closeup
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Coffee Bean Closeup

This is a closeup of the coffee beans in the drying stage as mentioned in the previous photo. These beans still have a thin sheath around them which will be removed later before the coffee is roasted. Unfortunately, I missed out on seeing the roasting process, so I don't have any photos of that.

April 21, 2009 7:56 am      Permalink

Coffee Bean Drying
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Coffee Bean Drying

Continuing my series on coffee, this is the next step where the coffee beans (which have already been extracted from the fruit) are dried. In this Papuan village, the beans are often dried inside this building so they don't have to worry about rain. The beans are raked periodically to help with the drying process and prevent them from molding in the humidity.

April 20, 2009 7:56 am      Permalink

Coffee Fruit / Coffee Cherry Closeup
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Coffee Fruit / Coffee Cherry Closeup

This is a closer view of the coffee fruit as they appear when they have just been picked. These berries are gathered in rice sacks and then wet processed as shown in the last photo.

April 19, 2009 7:56 am      Permalink

Coffee Fruit Wet Processing
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Coffee Fruit Wet Processing

These are raw coffee fruit going through the wet processing method which is the first step in extracting the coffee bean from the fruit. Bad or unripe fruit will float and the good ripe fruit will sink. The skin of the cherry (as it is sometimes called) and some of the pulp is removed by pressing the fruit through this hand-crank machine in water. The bean will still have a significant amount of the pulp clinging to it that needs to be removed in a later step.

April 18, 2009 7:56 am      Permalink

Burst of Fire
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Burst of Fire

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      Permalink

Rock Creek Pussy Willow
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Rock Creek Pussy Willow

Katie noticed these pussy willows at Rock Creek up from Bishop, CA.

June 7, 2008 3:51 pm      Permalink

Banana Leaf
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Banana Leaf

The interesting textures of a banana leaf which is turning brown and dying.

May 4, 2008 10:50 pm      Permalink

Christmas Day in Southern CA
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Christmas Day in Southern CA

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      Permalink

Mushrooms
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Mushrooms

I don't like to eat them, but they can be fun to take photos of.

August 19, 2007 4:01 am      Permalink

Amazing Orchid
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Amazing Orchid

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      Permalink

Glimpse into Glory
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Glimpse into Glory

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      Permalink

Manzanita Bark
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Manzanita Bark

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      Permalink

Fall Oak
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Fall Oak

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      Permalink