Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Pets

Walkabout the Backyard

Went for a walk with Zayne and Fleur today in the desert behind the house.  Managed to get a couple of decent shots…

 

She can smell them jack rabbits…just can’t see ’em

Summit of Wheeler Crest

Summit of Mt. Tom

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A Beautiful Morning

My daughter has been begging me for a dog…specifically a Chihuahua, for the last 6 years and change. Me…I don’t like Chihuahuas.  Yippy, snappy, barky, bitey, toe-biting rat dogs…I always said we would get a dog “someday”, but stressed that we would not get a Chihuahua.  I’m such a sucker…

Yup…my daughter walking her 4-month old Chihuahua, Fleur…

This is them. 2 peas in a pod in only 3 days…

I went and hung out with this puppy for about an hour before I ever told Zayne anything about her.  She is actually a very well-behaved puppy, and very easy to train.

Anyhow…on our little walk around the desert this morning, I took a few pics of the local Autumn wildlife…

Great Basin Fence Lizard

Common Sideblotch

All in all, it’s a beautiful morning.  And yes…I know my kid is wearing 2 different shoes…

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Tyee Lakes Trail

I took the kids and the dog for a day hike up to the first of the Tyee Lakes.  It’s one of my favorite day hikes in the Bishop area, and I try to get up there right around my birthday every year.  This year I’m a week early.  Anyhow…some photos…

Just about half way...

Zayne and Roach

Roach is Spike’s dog.  He is 50/50 Timber Wolf and Malamute.

Roach, looking like he belongs there...

 

Tyee Falls

This is a seasonal falls, meaning it is typically dried up by the end of August.  I guess the late thaw and moderate temperatures have kept it flowing longer than normal.  Can’t complain about that!

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New Long Lens

So I finally broke down and invested in a decent long lens.  Yesterday, I came home for lunch and it was sitting on the porch…my brand new Zuiko 70-300mm tele zoom.  So I brought it to work to try it out…

Petrie-Baby Red Belly Parrot

Bailey-Blue and Gold Macaw

Nina-Congo African Grey

It was nice to be able to stand back away from the birds enough that they didn’t get nervous about me, and still be able to get nice, tight shots. 

Later in the evening, while sitting in the living room, we could see the Big Pine fire flaring up pretty intensely.  It was dark, but I got this shot…

Big Pine Fire

Pretty intense fire.  I live about 8 miles from Big Pine, and still managed a shot like this with only a 300mm lens.  I think we got pretty lucky…

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Morning Rain

I woke up extra early this morning, anticipating some early  cloud coverage and a spectacular sunrise.  I was half right… It was pouring down rain and the clouds were so thick you couldn’t even tell sunrise happened until the sun was well above the mountains.  But storm fronts are cool whether rain or snow, so I went out and shot for an hour or two before work…

I went straight to work after shooting a few scenics, and took a couple of animal pictures, to round out the day…

Bailey-Blue and Gold Macaw

Nina

Chinchilla Closeup

And an obligatory water-macro-abstract-thing…

Yup...water...

It’s nice to be getting shots, even if they aren’t the ones I had hoped for…

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Some Random Stuff…

Well…I’ve been a long-standing advocate for photo editing software that is NOT produced by Adobe.  My entire photographic “career”, I have avoided purchasing the likes of Photoshop, Photoshop elements, or any of the Adobe Creative Suites.  Sure, they are fantastic programs with fantastically deep levels of manipulation and control.  However, I have never had a need for so much depth and power.  And the cost has always been preventative.

Well, a good friend of mine upgraded from CS2 to CS4 last week.  So he gave me his copy of CS2.  So I figured I would learn how to finally use my camera to it’s fullest potential, shoot in RAW format, and use a powerful program for processing.  I still find I don’t need all the extras and depth, and I find myself wondering when I will ever use the heavy manipulation processes.  But I’m a wannabe geek, so it’s fun to play around…

Itty-Bitty Feeding Frenzy

Water Cascade

My Girl, Nina

Caught in the Act

I don’t know.  I don’t think the program is that much better than the Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro series.  Sure, it has more power.  But will I ever use it?  I don’t know.  But it sure is fun to play around…

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My New Buddy

Someone called up the shop the other day, and asked if I knew anyone that rescued animals.  She said she found “some kind of turtle” walking in her backyard.  She described it to me, and I figured it to be a Red-eared Slider, which is a semi-aquatic turtle, popular in the pet trade, and not at all adapted to life in the hot, dry, high desert of Bishop.  So I told her to bring it in the shop, and I would make some calls.

I didn’t need to make any calls, because as soon as I saw him, I knew I was just gonna have to bring him home with me.  So I’d like to introduce you all to my new buddy, Rocky, relaxing comfortably in his new semi-aquarium…

Say, Buddy...Is that a camera ya' got there?

CHEESE!

This is actually my good side...

We done here? kthxbai!

He really is an entertaining little critter.  I never had a turtle before, believe it or not.  I have a tortoise, and loads of snakes, a couple dogs…I’ve had lizards of many varieties, hamsters, rats, and rabbits…cats, goldfish, and birds…but this is my first turtle.  He’s cool!!

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Beautiful Buzztails

I went out to my friend’s house today to look at his albino rattlesnake collection.  What a spectacular treat.  Some of these are incredibly rare…

Northern Mojave het. albino--Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus

Albino Northern Mojave--Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus

The albino Northern Mojave, above, is 1 of only 6 in existence, including the original wild-caught female.  The original albino animal was caught near Ridgecrest, CA in 2001, as a sub-adult.  The above animal is one of 5 albino F2 offspring from that female produced in captivity. 

Albino Prairie--Crotalus viridis viridis

Western Diamondback--Crotalus atrox

There are several different types of albino in Western Diamondbacks–

Amelanistic--"regular" albino

"Bubblegum" Albino

"Caramel" Albino

There is also a hyper-melanistic morph–

Black Diamondback

And as is par for the course in the world of reptile breeding, they have started to combine these traits-

Caramel + Black

Above is a combination of the Caramel albino gene and the Black gene.  These are incredibly rare at this point, I’m told…

Oh…I also managed to get a shot or two of an ACTUAL Panmint Alligator Lizard.  A little while back I mis-identified an Alligator Lizard as a panamintina but I was wrong.  As luck would have it, a friend of mine caught an actual panamintina and invited me over to get a shot, since I’m likely to never have the chance again-

Panamint Alligator Lizard--Elgaria panamintina

And here it is curled next to a Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)-

panamintina on the left; multicarinata on the right

ASll in all it was a really fun afternoon.  Thanks for taking the time to look!!