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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Tule Elk Herd

April 16, 2018 at 5:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Wildlife) (, )

A herd of tule elk grazed peacefully in a field along Mission Road, Fort Hunter Liggett, California on Saturday, back-dropped by blue and valley oak. Tule elk are the smallest of the three elk sub-species found in California. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Other Side of Big Sur

April 14, 2018 at 6:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers)

Along the San Antonio River

The landscape just the other side of the Santa Lucia Range from Big Sur is a lovely mix of blue and valley oaks, cottonwood and willows, and grassy fields.

The foothills pines provide a gray-green backdrop to the new leaves of the oaks, and the foreground is often colored with the previous year’s dried-up yellow-star thistle, a noxious invasive that resists control. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pinnacles National Park – West Side

April 8, 2018 at 10:32 am (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography)

Pinnacles NP west side, CA (27) copy

My first visit to Pinnacles National Park was about three years ago when I lived in Apple Valley, Calif. I stopped there again on my way to San Francisco a few weeks ago.

Road to Pinnacles NP West side, CA (1) copy

One of my favorite views is on the narrow, winding road from the Salinas Valley to the park’s west entrance, with this particular oak tree leafing out in spring. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Pretty Cool Day

March 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Rainbow and blue oak, Fort Hunter Liggett, California

I missed the bus yesterday morning. Actually there was a new driver and he wasn’t at my stop at the right time. So I drove 50 miles to work.

I’m glad I did because as soon as I got to Fort Hunter Liggett, California, the rainbows happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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