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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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Wild Iris

Well, flowers are starting to bloom, and spring is trying to be here, but for some reason, this cold wind just doesn’t seem to want to release its grip on the valley.  So rather than battle the wind and shoot fast shutter speeds, or wait for the wind (and the Iris) to die, I decided to just go with it…

Wild Iris

 There was a couple of other photographers out shooting, but the color never popped, and the wind was incessant.    Rather than battle the conditions, I went with it, stopped down to f/22, and even dropped a 3stop ND filter on to slow it down and really exaggerate the blur.  I think it came out fairly neat!

The Victoria and Wild Rose are blooming in the front yard, too…

Victoria

 

Wild Rose

And this is the closest I have ever gotten to a good shot of a Whiptail lizard…

Great Basin Whiptail--Aspidocelis tigris tigris

 One of these days, spring will actually get here and stay for a little while…

Thanks for looking!


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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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!


Sunflower Sunrise

I went to an area known locally as “Farmer’s Pond”, this morning.  In the winter, this entire area is flooded, and provides a lot of waterfowl habitat.  In the summer, they drain the water off, and the entire area becomes flooded with wild sunflowers.  One of the few places in the area that changes so drastically during the seasons, yet remains incredibly photogenic… 

Sunflower Sunrise

 

Self Portrait

 

John

Bee

Grasshopper

Wheeler Crest

All in all, it was a really decent morning.  Thanks for taking the time to look!


Rock Creek Lake

I went with Annette, Rose, and my good friend John for a short walk around Rock Creek Lake yesterday afternoon.  Any excuse to get up in the mountains and out of the heat works just fine for me…

Fireweed

False Helleborne

John shooting Fireweed

Lupine

Some cultivated bright orange thing

Rose, Rex, and Annette

Rub-a-Dub-Dub

Some sort of Phlox, I think.

And that’s about that.  Like I said…any excuse to get out of the heat of the desert and up into the elevation is a good excuse for me…

Thanks for stopping by!