East Jesus and West Satan

January 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm (California) (, , )

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This might be a peculiarly California thing:  a squatter city in the desert.  If you like Funky Artsy Fartsy weirdness like I do, you will feel right at home in Slab City, just east of Niland on the Salton Sea.  (Warning:  bad words ahead.  Get over it.)

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I had heard about Slab City from co-workers who had been there.  Salvation Mountain, at the entrance to Slab City (see future blog post) is perhaps more famous, but you can see the influences of one upon the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hummingbird Ballet

January 21, 2015 at 10:42 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Male Anna's Hummingbird

Male Anna’s Hummingbird

Sometimes the mistakes turn out to be unexpected poetry.  The hummingbird blurs remind me of Ernst Haas’s work in “The Creation” – lovely and purposeful motion blurs of nature.  While I could invoke Pee-wee Herman who capsized his bicycle in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” and say “I meant to do that,” the truth is I didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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Go Watch Birds! (And Watch Movies About Birds)

January 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Male Buffleheads taking flight, Silverwood Lake

Male Buffleheads taking flight, Silverwood Lake

Walking around with binoculars and peering intently into trees or across a lake is sure to elicit strange looks.  Sometimes, though, people aren’t just making conversation when they ask, “See anything interesting?” Read the rest of this entry »

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A Good Birding Day

January 11, 2015 at 7:42 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

All this time we thought we were looking at a rather pale red-tailed hawk.  Turns out it was a ferruginous!  Several, in fact. Read the rest of this entry »

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