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Posts tagged “seagull

Birds and a Panamint

Yup…more birds, and a BEAUTIFUL Panamint I found with my daughter…

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That little Panamint was awesome.  He was being harassed by a Raven that was evidently trying to keep him in the road to be run over.  Lucky for the snake, not so much for the Raven, we were the first car to come along, so I scared off the raven, grabbed my snake hook, and moved the little guy out of the road.

Thanks for looking!

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Trip to San Francisco

So…anyone that’s been reading knows that I have been in the process of moving.  I have been living in a small, 2 bedroom  apartment with my daughter and a room-mate for the last 4 years.  It wasn’t the best, but we made it work.  Not long ago, my girlfriend asked if I was interested in getting a place together with her, and we jumped at the chance.  So, me, my daughter, my girlfriend, and her daughter al share a really nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath house.  Moving sucks ASS, and I despise the process.  But the results are well worth it.

So…as a little bit of a break, my good friend John and his wife took me to San Francisco for a night.  It still amazes me how easily my stress melts away with a camera in my hand…

Wild Rose growing in my new front yard

Bueatiful Swallowtail Butterfly

This guy threatened to break my camera if I took his picture. I wished him luck with that...

Awaiting the Bite

Alcatraz

The Rock

Alcatraz Guard Tower

Forbes Island

Seagull you fly across the horizon...

Telegraph Hill from The Embarcadero

The Golden Gate in B&W

Crosstown Traffic

It was a really fun, albeit short-lived trip to the Bay.  I had never been there before, so it was a very worthwhile endeavor.

Thanks for coming along!


Walk About Town

Just walking through town yesterday morning with my camera and 105mm macro lens…

Some kind of cultivated Rose

A sure sign of summer in the Town Park

Some kind of clingy-tree-vine with pretty flowers

Gathering nectar

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Spring Time Re-visited

I was tooling around in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo Ultimate 12 today, and stumbled upon some very interesting pictures that I took this past spring and, for whatever reason…I just never processed them to share.

So I did that today…and here they are!

Duelling Duckies

Duelling Duckies

These two Mallard Drakes were battling each other, each vying for the attention of a single female, who sat idly by on the shore preening herself, as if the commotion wasn’t happening.  She was good at playing coy, I can tell you.  And these Drakes were ready to kill each other for her attentions…

My Good Side

My Good Side

This gull flew back and forth in front of me several times from only a few yards away, right at eye level.  I can’t tell if he was interested in me, or something in the water, but he certainly had no problem presenting me with numerous opportunities for a good photo.

Perfect Form

Perfect Form

This gull just soared overhead for several minutes.  Now…I’m fairly proud of this shot.  See…this was taken using a 150mm lens, which, for in-flight bird shots…is NOT a big enough lens.  I managed to get this guy perfectly in the frame.  This one is not cropped.  It came out of the camera with this composition, and I think it is one of my best flight shots to date.  Can’t fathom what possessed me to pass on processing it before.

So that’s about it for now.  I found a few interesting images from this past spring that I’m going to play with.  If I find anything good…you’ll be the first to know about it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Cherry Blossoms…

…and a seagull…

I spent lunch at the park, yet again.  I like the park because there is always something to take photos of.  Even the ones I don’t share, help me improve, and with literally hundreds of ducks, sparrows, crows, blackbirds, seagulls and what not, not to mention people, kids playing, variable lighting conditions, and countless background distractions…well…and hour lunch at the park is worth it’s weight in gold in terms of photo experience and experiments.

So here are some cherry blossoms and a seagull that I liked from today:

Cherry Jubilee--f/5.6; 1/320; ISO 200

Cherry Jubilee--f/5.6; 1/320; ISO 200

A Blossom's Best Friend--f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 200

A Blossom's Best Friend--f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 200

Solitary Perfection--f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 200

Solitary Perfection--f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 200

Incoming Gull--f/7.1; 1/2000; ISO 400

Incoming Gull--f/7.1; 1/2000; ISO 400

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to look!


Another Day in Paradise

Took a walk around town, and a quick run in the desert today.  Took close to 600 pictures.  I liked a few of them, so…here’s a couple I liked.

Great Basin Fence Lizards--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Great Basin Fence Lizards--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Pair of Mallards--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Pair of Mallards--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #1--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #1--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #2--f/9; 1/250; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #2--f/9; 1/250; ISO 100

Flock of Seagulls...better than the band was...--f/9; 1/500; ISO 100

Flock of Seagulls...better than the band was...--f/9; 1/500; ISO 100

If ducks could smile, it would look like this.--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

If ducks could smile, it would look like this.--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Or perhaps like this...

Or perhaps like this...

Thanks for joining me!  As always, your comments and advice are MUCH appreciated!


Shitty Day? Take Some Pictures!!

Man, did I wake up a grumpy old shit today!!  I hate the world and everyone in it today, and to be perfectly honest, I have no idea why.  Just a rotten mood, I guess…

But I can’t think of anything that helps me feel better than getting a few good pictures, so I spent lunch at the park again, and even managed to get out for a sunset shot.

f/11; 1/1000; ISO 100

f/11; 1/1000; ISO 100

f/9; 1/60; ISO 100

f/9; 1/60; ISO 100

f/10; 1/640; ISO 100

f/10; 1/640; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/250; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/250; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

All in all, I really shouldn’t bitch.  I live in an area where I am able to go outside for a half hour or so and find perfect photo opportunities, and I can reliably shoot beautiful sunsets every week.  Couple that with the fact that I managed to make it through the day without getting an Assault Charge, and my shitty day wasn’t really all that bad…

Thanks for looking!!


Lunch in the Park, Part 2

Took my lunch to the park again today.  My focus today was trying to catch birds in flight.  There is a hawk that lives in the park.  It is either a Sharpshin or a Cooper’s…I don’t know.  My raptor identification is not up to par.  They have too many legs for my taste.  Doesn’t matter…I didn’t see him today anyhow.  But I WILL get pictures of him flying and, hopefully, hunting before the end of the summer…

I did manage to catch a crow and a seagull in flight.  There were some other more “odd” flying creatures at the park today, too…

f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

f/9; 1/800; ISO 100

f/9; 1/800; ISO 100

f/9; 1/400; ISO 100

f/9; 1/400; ISO 100

f/9; 1/400; ISO 100

f/9; 1/400; ISO 100

And one of the more strange flying creatures in the park today:

f/6.3; 1/500; ISO 100

f/6.3; 1/500; ISO 100

Thanks for taking the time to look, and as always, your comments are welcome and appreciated!