Morro Coast Bird Festival – part 6

February 24, 2019 at 5:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Morro Rock

While the birds were the stars of the Morro Coast Bird Festival, the landscapes were a bonus. We had both sunny days, and overcast ones.

Morro Rock

We experienced unusual events, such as the launch of a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base and a lunar eclipse.

Rocket launch

I get alerts when Vandenberg is about to launch a rocket, and we happened to be in San Simeon when this one was scheduled. I scanned the sky in the general direction of the launch site, and while I didn’t see the rocket itself, I did catch the smoke trail.

Super Blood Moon

Although it had been a cloudy day on January 20, 2019, the skies cleared in time for many of us to catch the lunar eclipse of a “super moon.”

Morro Bay

There are a lot of boats with character at Morro Bay.

And a lot of characters on boats.

Hearst Castle

The Hearst Castle, now a California State Park site, is hard to miss. Some of the Hearst zebras were also out.

Great Blue Heron

Winter is California’s rainy season, and it provides moody landscapes and very green hillsides. The following images were taken from my favorite viewpoint on State Hwy 46 between Paso Robles and Cambria. The colors are not exaggerated. When it turns green here, it is a vivid emerald jewel.

Morro Rock in the distance
Hollister Peak in the distance

The rain also created this unusual type of fungus (or whatever it is).

We’ve had a LOT more rain since then, so I’ve got great hopes for a super wildflower season starting soon.

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  1. Kathleen Lourde said,

    So staggeringly beautiful! Transcendent! I wish I knew how to get those shots of birds in flight.

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      Thanks Kathleen. To get birds in flight you need a camera that can autofocus quickly, and setting it on continuous focus helps. Also a fast shutter speed, and taking lots of pix. Most will get thrown out. Have fun with your birding!

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