All posts tagged: Nature

Sometimes She Roars

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 19, 2021, Sonoma Coast I was asked by both Instagram followers and blog followers, “What about the real action outside? What about the larger waves?” There were indeed larger waves. I tripped the shutter about 1500 times so there had to be something memorable out there. Something like this, perhaps. Mother Ocean speaking, not with subtlety as in my last post, but with bombast. She has both these voices and an Infinity of voices […]

World Oceans Day

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 19, 2021, Sonoma Coast On the day I shot this, the waves were in 12 seconds sets. Five per minute. This was a typical inside wave. The real action was several hundred yards further out. This one was not the biggest wave ever. Probably only about four feet. But it was exquisite in its sculptural delicacy. A fleeting example of Mother Ocean’s ephemeral art. June 8 is World Oceans Day. Do something nice for […]

Evolution/Revolution

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

April 10, 2015, Hurricane Point, Big Sur Coast. August 8, 2017, my office. Morning of May 13, 2021, my office. Evening of May 13, 2021, my office. On January 12, 2019, I wrote in my twelfth blog post: My dog and I decided that conditions were right for a ride down the coast. Travels with Chewy. And Nikon. We made it as far south as Hurricane Point. Crystal clear. The horizon went halfway to Hawaii. […]

Let Nature Have Her Way

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California / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 19, 2021, Sonoma County Coast It is often my wont to have my way with nature. One of my favorite statements has been that what comes out of the camera is fodder for what happens later in the quiet of my office days, weeks, or years later. But not always. Sometimes it’s best to just stand aside and let Nature say it all. Whoopie! (Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in […]

One Last Time

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California / Hummingbirds / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife

April 20, 2021, Silicon Valley As of yesterday, our home for 24 years is now in the hands of its new owners. We spent the previous afternoon sitting on the back deck one last time, eating falafels and reminiscing. Emotions were felt. Many. I brought a camera in hopes of getting one last shot at a hummingbird feasting on echium. It’s in full bloom, so it’s prime time. And sure enough. But before that, the […]

Celebration

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California / Inspiration / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Point Reyes / Seascapes

November 6, 2020 — Point Reyes National Seashore, California The surf was particularly exuberant yesterday. Almost as if it knew something was about to happen. (Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 4.0.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.) PS — I’m still deeply engaged in other activities and I shall return to regular blogging and to reading blogs as soon as I can. You’ll like what you see.

AQI 10

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California / Horizon / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

October 13, 2020 — San Francisco Bay, California The smoke had finally cleared and what was obscuring the view was not smoke but fog, which is the way it’s supposed to be. Boaters were once again out on the bay. Boats passing in the mist. During the worst of the weeks of smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, we were seeing AQI numbers over 300 for days in a row. AQI […]

NEOWISE, Take 3 — Third Time’s the Charm

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography

July 21, 2020 — Lake Hennessey, California Fog all over the Bay Area. Not a star in sight. No hope at all for a comet. We went in search of clear skies further inland and eventually wound up on the shore of Lake Hennessey, which we’d never heard of. A pleasant 62 degrees, clear skies, late-night fishermen, and a hilly horizon. Here’s our catch: Two meteors, the Big Dipper, a whole bunch of stars, a […]

Aluminum Sea

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Abstract / Impressionism / Inspiration / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

July 10, 2010. San Gregorio Bluffs, San Mateo County, California. On my way from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, I decided on the spur of the moment to take the scenic route. Web Cam showed some coastal clouds and I was hoping to get a sun-dappled sea. All I had with me was trusty MiniCam™ — my Canon G5X II. (The best camera is the one you have with you, so have something decent with […]

Silver Squall

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography

Dec 24, 2018. Sonoma County Coast, California. Hidden in the Archives, waiting to be coaxed into being. Took some coaxing, but I believe the pixels are happy. (This is exactly what I said in the June 8, 2020 post. This shot was taken 54 seconds later. The technical info is corrected here, though.) (Nikon D850; Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 DI VC USD Zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Goin’ Back

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography

June 26, 2020 —Side of Mt.Tamalpais, Above Stinson Beach, Marin County, California ICM impression of an incoming fog bank. Years ago, someone — who was so much younger then — wondered what it was like to be inside a cloud. Years before that, another person — who was sooo much younger then — wondered what it was like to be inside the rings of Saturn. In both cases, wondering was more fun. A reminder that […]

Just in Time

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California / Flower / Hummingbirds / Photo Log / Photography

May 14, 2020 — The Back Yard, Silicon Valley, California Every April/May I engage in the Hummingbird Ritual. It’s a simple ritual, mostly involving standing around with a heavy camera/lens combo waiting for hummingbirds to feed on echium blooms. This requires four ingredients: Me, Heavy camera/lens, Purple echium blooms, and a Hummingbird. Thing is, despite shelter-in-place, my schedule has been less than accommodating, which has effectively removed the “me” ingredient for several weeks. When I […]