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Been A While…

Wow.  It’s been quite some time.  A lot has happened.  Initially, I was unemployed for a little bit, and anyone that has ever been there knows that priorities change.  The internet had to go.  Time was spent looking for a job, pounding the pavement, rather than walking the streets looking for photographs waiting to be taken.  Money got tight, gas prices rose, and activity in my life ran down to a minimum.

But I’m back.  I’m working, making money, and putting my camera back in hand, and priorities back in line.  So by way of a re-introduction, here’s just a few random shots that have helped pass the time…

Zayne and Great Basin Gophersnake

Spike and Andee

My son and his girlfriend hunting for petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands.

Goldfinch

Zayne enjoying Hot Ditch. Natural reflection from the water cured backlight shadows nicely.

Random front yard flower

1982 Shovelhead Custom Rigid. She will be mine. VERY soon…

So…yea…just a few shots to say, I’m back.  And things are getting better.  Thanks for stopping by!!

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Little Lakes Valley

Went for a quick hike up through Little Lakes Valley this morning.  Such a beautiful area…

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Strollin’ through the Park one day…..

Yes, in the merry month of May.  But it was a really nice day, so I went for a walk…

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I found a new artesian well, too.  Prettier than the other one, in my opinion.  I’ll be back again…

Thanks for looking!


Backyard Bird Watching

Backyard bird watching.  It’s almost cliché.  People are hustlin’ and bustlin’ around this great big world of ours, and not leaving anytime to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  Money is tight, job security is low, taxes and inflation continue growing…  It seems the only thing we have any ability to control anymore is how we respond to the rapidly changing stimuli.

That’s why I LOVE my backyard.  Let me explain…  I live in the High Desert.  My house is situated at about 5,000′, right on the feet of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California.  I can look out my living room window and I have an unobstructed view for close to 10 miles, all the way up the western slope of the White Mountain peaks, which is the western most border of Nevada.  Now…there is a major highway running through there, and a multitude of high-power, high-tension lines zig-zagging back and forth.  Views are spectacular, but these ugly lines are very destructive to landscape compositions.  But the wildlife is incredible…

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It’s amazing how curative a backyard like mine can be.  I’m gonna tell you guys a little secret…I lost my job last week.  Yea, right in the middle of my visit with my son, I found out that I was no longer employed.  But it’s OK.  I had an incredible week visiting with my son, and my emotional well-being has never been more positive.  Even being unemployed and quickly running out of money, I can’t help but smile.  I walk out back, and it just happens.  Something will come through.  I have a lot of experience in a lot of fields.  I’ve done everything from flippin’ burgers and pouring drinks to antique restorations and hotel management.  I also found out about some pretty cool job openings in my area, including backcountry habitat recovery and wildlife rehabilitation, and not only would I LOVE to have either of those jobs…I’m fairly well qualified for both.  So something will come through.  Just gotta ride this wave for a few days…

Thanks for taking the time to stop and look!


Backyard Birding

When you haven’t got a lot of time, you work with what you got.  I got a nice, big, empty desert loaded with songbirds and blossoming brush as a backyard…

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Household Macros

The weather is playing cruel tricks on me.  It was really nice out just about a week ago.  Nice enough for long enough that I actually spent a few hours road cruising for snakes just a week and a half ago.  I didn’t find any, but still…

The last week or so has been CRAP!!!  Spring went bye-bye, and Mother Nature brought winter back for an encore…with a vengeance.  So I’ve been sitting at home, miserable, new gear to play with, and shitty-ass weather.  Good thing my girlfriend likes flowers…

Another shot of her Valentine Orchid

A Lily that has seen better days...

Domestic Beauty-No idea what they are, but they're pretty

The last one is my favorite shot of the day…

Thanks for stopping by!!


Sure Signs of Spring

So I was outside this evening shortly before sunset, and I noticed my almond and peach trees were just glowing beautifully with fresh blossoms.  So I grabbed my camera and my 105mm macro lens for some shots…

I have 2 peach trees.  One provides LOADS of smaller, white fleshed peaches, and the other provides fewer, larger yellow fleshed ones.  These are all from the white-flesh tree…

Then I saw this guy buzzing around my almond tree…

He knew he was further than I wanted him to be, so he flew down to the peach tree for a closer look…

That’s it.  Just some sure signs of spring from my front yard.  Thanks for looking!


Spring…In Places…

So, I dropped the girls off for school this morning, and brought my camera bag with me…just in case.  On the way back, I couldn’t help but catch the storm over the Sierras, moving in from the west…

Bishop Range--3-shot Panoramic

I decided to try a pano shot this morning.  Most of my landscapes are shot at 14-20mm(28-40mm equivalent).  This one was taken with 3 shots in portrait orientation, at 42mm(84mmequiv.), stitched in CS4.  Below is a single exposure at 21mm…

Bishop Range

Just when it’s starting to look like winter isn’t done with us, yet, I pull in the driveway and find tiny, purple Storksbill flowers blooming everywhere!  So here are the first wildflower macros of the season!!

Portrait, in full sunlight

Pretty Pair

It is starting to warm up around here.  I imagine it won’t be but a couple of weeks before smaller wildflowers start springing up everywhere.  Seems a trip to the Alabama Hills again may be in order…

Thanks for coming along!