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

Skies and Clouds

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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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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Looking Back…

You know me by now… when I haven’t got the time to get out and shoot, I go back through older photos, looking for new perspectives.  So…here you go!

White Mountain Portrait

Bishop Range Eastern Sierra--3shot Pano

And a little manipulation a a shot I took in 2009…

Alcatraz Guard Tower

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The Buttermilks and Mono Lake

The last few days have been busy.  Zayne has been with her mother, so Kevin and I spent a bunch of time wandering around the desert, taking photos, looking for snakes and lizards, and just hanging out.  This really has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  We are already planning for him to come visit in August, sometime around my birthday, at least for a day or two.  It’s hard to believe I only met him 7 days ago, and here I sit, missing him, only 9 hours after dropping him at the airport.  I guess that’s life.  Anyhow…on with the photos..

Turkey Vulture

 There was a ton of Turkey Vultures flying around.  This one got fairly brave and flew right down near us, searching the boulders for food.  We also found a bunch of lizards and even a couple Panamints…
 
 

Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi
Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi

It was quite a lovely day…

Kevin trying to get the shot
Little Peak
Buttermilk Ridgeline

Kevin’s flight back home was this afternoon, so we left the house around 5am, and headed up to Mono Lake, to get some early morning shots before he had to go.  It was another spectacular day…

Mono Lake Tufa

Looking for a shot
South Tufa Portrait

This has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  I’m really glad I took a chance and reached out to my son.  I’m even more thrilled that he responded positively.  I think we have a good thing to build on here…

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HDR from Last Night…

While shooting the sunset last night, I took a chance and shot a 4 exposure HDR, at 1stop intervals.  I don’t do HDR very often, but occasionally, it works out…

As the Sun Goes Down...

I also thought I would share a couple of bird shots from yesterday morning.  I’m really diggin’ the new 70-300mm lens, but I am already drooling over the Zuiko 2X tele-converter…

Anyhow…bird shots…

Grey bird in the tree...I'm not real good with bird ID's...

Cool looking blackbird with a bright yellow breast and orange head...

That’s it.  Just a few more from yesterday.  Thanks for looking!


Finally…A Sunset!

FINALLY!!  Decent weather, not too cold, decent cloud coverage, and good lighting…I went out for some landscape shots…

Black Mountain

Sierra Sunset

White Mountain Sunset

Not a bad night.  Thanks for coming along!


More from yesterday morning…

Just a couple more shots from yesterday morning I felt like sharing…

Bishop Range-Eastern Sierra

Jessica, James, and Little Man

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Rare Occasion…

OK, so every once in a while, I get bit by the HDR bug, and decide to play around a little bit. The other night, while out shooting B&W storm clouds, I also shot through some brackets for an HDR merge.  This is what I got…

Northern Inyo COunty--HDR

Not too bad.  I don’t like super-saturated, over-cooked HDR images.  I like them when they are subtle…you wouldn’t really know it’s an HDR unless someone told you.  I think this one satisfies that description, but still puts together a nice, wide dynamic range.  What do you think?

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