All posts filed under: Nature

First Poppy of the Year

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California / California Poppy / Floral Photography / Flower / Impressionism / Inspiration / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Poppy

February 20, 2020 — Los Gatos Creek Trail, California A floral palindrome. Mother Nature is very accommodating in giving me a place to start. (Nikon D850, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.) More fine-art photography at www.amagaphoto.com

Iceland Encore

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Iceland / Nature / Photo Log / Photography

January 27, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland Only when the last post actually published did I realize it might be just a bit on the bleak, somber side. That’s not how I want to leave Iceland, nor is it the parting thought of Iceland that I want to leave for you. Here’s something a bit more on the bright side. Now we’ll move on… (Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab […]

Down to the Sea in Shots

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 1, 2020 — Sonoma County coast The clouds parted. The sky drama left us. But the sea drama came to take its place. Weather alerts. High surf warnings. Rip currents. Watch out for sneaker waves. I saw a complete idiot take his cocker spaniel onto the beach, only to run back seconds later. He was bucking for a Darwin Award. I found a low, but safe, vantage point. Hundreds of frames were shot. This […]

Happy Hunting Harrier Sequel: 6 Departure and Epilogue

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife

She flew off to try her luck further down the levee. We tracked her as far as we could see — far out of camera range — till she dove behind the next levee and disappeared. For a few minutes. Then she took off from the far side, rose over high the levee, kited, and dropped like a stone. A moment later she rose again, this time with her prey. That was her Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Landing

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California / Hawk / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Point Reyes / Wildlife

December 8, 2018 — Point Reyes National Seashore Mr. Red Tail sat on a rock about fifty yards down a ravine, in perfect view but with his back to the camera. I waited. And waited. With scant warning he took flight, heading out to sea before turning a tight one-eighty and coming right at me. No. Not at me. At his next perch. He picked his spot. Flared. And grabbed his rock. He gave me […]

Switzerland, August 12: Stormy — Redux

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Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Switzerland

August 12, 2019; Northwest of Locarno, Switzerland — September 6, 2019; Silicon Valley. It was a turbulent night. I awoke at 4:00 a.m. and stared at the ceiling, thinking, “it’s too dark.” But it wasn’t the ceiling I was thinking of. It was the image I’d just posted on the blog afew hours earlier. And there were other things too: Was the foreground too severe? Does it focus the viewer’s attention enough? The tones, tones, […]

Switzerland, August 12: Stormy

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Landscape / Monochrome / Nature / Photography / Switzerland

August 12, 2019; Northwest of Locarno, Switzerland. It was a dark and stormy day; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the valley (for it is in Italian Switzerland that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the water-logged photographer who struggled against the torrent. But then, a break in the clouds, which was of benefit, […]