Shell Creek Wildflowers

April 30, 2020 at 7:51 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, California wildflowers, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) ()

Lupine, purple owl’s clover, California poppies, tidy tips

There’s a street famous in these parts for its bounty of wildflowers. Shell Creek Road is off Highway 58 between Paso Robles and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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Hummingbirds

April 23, 2020 at 6:59 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Female Allen’s Hummingbird and lilac

This spring was the first I had noticed some unusual hummingbirds at my yard feeders.

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Unlike the mostly iridescent green-backed Anna’s hummers that are year-round residents, these sported a lot of rusty coloration.

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Vineyards

April 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm (California, California Central Coast, fine art photography, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

During this time of quarantine, it’s nice to go on a “road trip” to the place you live.

Especially since we are told not to venture too far from home anyway. Since I live in wine country, my housemate and I explored the countryside in its Spring finery.

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Love of Carrizo Plain in the Time of COVID-19

April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, California wildflowers, Nature, Nature photography, San Luis Obispo County, Wildflowers, Wildlife) ()

Pronghorn females

I have visited Carrizo Plain National Monument about a dozen times and this is the first time I saw pronghorns. I guess it helped that it was not a people-frenzied super bloom year, as last year was, and it was also in the midst of the Safe-at-Home era of the COVID-19 pandemic, so running across them was more likely.

Two pronghorn does

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Merced-San Luis Refuge System

December 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Wildlife)

Snow geese coming in for the night

I had a few hours over the weekend of Dec. 7-8 and visited the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge complex, starting with the San Joaquin River NWR. Wasn’t able to get close to the noisy flocks of geese to see the Aleutian Cackling Geese, as the roads are off-limits.

San Joaquin River NWR

So I went to the San Luis NWR – the light was amazing but didn’t get as close to the birds as I had hoped.

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California Condors

November 10, 2019 at 3:10 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

California Condor – Orange 77

I have seen California Condors, mostly from a distance, though I did see some juveniles close enough to read their wing tags about five years ago at Pinnacles National Monument.

Purple 54 and Orange 20

But on Nov. 9, 2019 I was fortunate to go on our tour of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Southern California where I saw approximately 8 free-flying and 14 captive condors in the flight pen.

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Critters of Jolon

October 21, 2019 at 10:24 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Monterey County, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, )

Tule elk

When I drive to work (as opposed to taking the bus or vanpool) I try to swing by some areas reliable for spotting elk or cool birds. I don’t always see the elk in their usual spots, but sometimes I get lucky.

This herd enjoyed a cooling rest stop in the marsh, which accounts for why their bottom parts are dark colored.

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Prairiefire

September 23, 2019 at 4:55 am (fine art photography) (, )

When I saw the photo of the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas in the tourist book at the Marriott, I knew I had to visit. The dichroic glass, the extra-vibrant colors, the patterns – it was all so absolutely enticing. I never made it inside the museum, though, since I arrived near closing time, but it was the exterior I was in love with. It was designed to simulate the natural prairie fires that kept prairies healthy. Sadly, very little of the original prairie is left in America. I walked all the way around the museum, and here is my collage.

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RIP Two Venerable Seattle Icons

September 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm (Seattle)

Seattle, WA Cityscape from Bremerton Ferry

I lived 18 years in Tacoma, Washington, and I travel back to the area every few years to visit family. I’m amazed at the massive increase in population and cost of living there, especially in Seattle. It’s been strange seeing the Kingdome replaced awhile back, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with two spans. Now the Alaskan Way Viaduct is being torn apart as the tunnel replacing it is nearing completion. RIP Viaduct.

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Kansas City Zoo

September 22, 2019 at 3:54 pm (Bird photography, Butterflies, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Uncategorized, Zoos)

Lorikeet at Kansas City Zoo

Wow. I’ve let three months go by without a single blog post. It’s been a busy summer. Gone visiting family in Seattle, and mandatory training in Kansas City. Then catching up, lounging around, binge-watching TV shows and movies. So these next posts will be light on text as I catch up on my adventures.

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