Mission San Miguel – Crosses

August 31, 2018 at 5:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Photography) ()

Mission San Miguel, California

This is the third in a series of photographs of Mission San Miguel, California.

Mission San Miguel, California

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Mission San Miguel – Doors and Patterns

August 30, 2018 at 5:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Photography) (, )

Mission San Miguel, California

This is part 2 of a series of photographs of Mission San Miguel, in San Miguel, California. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mission San Miguel – Architecture

August 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm (California, California Central Coast, Photography) (, )

Mission San Miguel, California

I spent one morning exploring Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, California, just off Hwy 101. That’s the highway dotted with shepherd’s crook bells to mark the mission road, since most of the 21 Spanish missions built in the 1700s and 1800s were in the general vicinity.

Mission San Miguel, California

The mission still holds Mass on Sunday mornings, so I waited until it was over before I went inside. From what I understand, much of the organic paint decor on the walls is original. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birds of the Oaks

July 8, 2018 at 6:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife)

Acorn woodpecker female

Since I live in the Central Coast area of California, there are lots of oak trees, mostly blue oak, and there are some very nice stands of large valley oaks as well. The acorn woodpecker is extremely populous here, since there’s a plethora of acorns. You can see how striking they are with their black-and-white plumage topped with a red cap, and white eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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San Simeon Landscapes

June 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm (California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) ()

San Simeon with Hearst Castle in background

The California Coast from Montana de Oro State Park to San Simeon is my favorite, and I’m lucky enough to live close by.

Hearst Castle

The tour of the Hearst Castle is a must-do for visitors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camp Parks – Wildlife Oasis, part 4

June 19, 2018 at 6:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Great egret with mouse

This great egret finds the grasslands of the Parks Reserve Forces Training Center, aka Camp Parks, to be an excellent hunting ground. Its bill was already quite bloodied before it caught the mouse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camp Parks – Wildlife Oasis, part 3

June 18, 2018 at 6:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Turkey families were abundant at the Parks Reserve Center Training Area, also known as Camp Parks, in the Bay Area of California.

Two hens and about 20 chicks were in this group. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camp Parks – Wildlife Oasis part 2

June 17, 2018 at 6:30 am (Uncategorized)

White-tailed kite

Although I went to the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area on business, I arranged to tour with the installation wildlife biologist to see the wildlife, particularly baby burrowing owls, very early in the morning.

We had no luck seeing the owlets, but we did get some great views of another target bird of mine – the white-tailed kite. This one has a rodent in its claws. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oak Landscapes of Jolon and Lockwood

June 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography)

Jolon-Lockwood, Central Coast, California landscapes

I live and work in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California. Sometimes I take a drive through the country roads of Jolon and Lockwood to admire the scenery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camp Parks – A Wildlife Oasis in Bay Area – part 1

June 16, 2018 at 9:52 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) ()

Female northern harrier

An Army Reserve training installation in the San Francisco Bay area is small, but when it comes to wildlife, it is a powerhouse. Read the rest of this entry »

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