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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Homosassa Wildlife Park

March 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Florida State Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife, Zoos)

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Crested caracara

My birding friend Marilyn and I knew that the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park  was a great place for bird photography from a visit a few years earlier. We were determined to return when I was able to extend a business trip to take advantage of a 3-day holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snail Kites and ChizzyWinks

March 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

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Florida snail kite, female

Actually, I thought they were called chisleywinks, but couldn’t find that word, so chizzy wink it is. But more about them in a minute

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Florida snail kite, male

This post is about the endangered Everglade snail kite, which lives in the U.S. only in Florida and eats pretty much only apple snails. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Most Stunning View Ever!

February 6, 2018 at 8:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography) (, , , , )

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Hollister Peak at sunset is viewed from a remarkable pullout on California’s State Route 46 between Paso Robles and U. S. Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway).

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From the same vantage point is Morro Rock. Both are part of the Seven Sisters (some say it’s Nine Sisters) – remnants of ancient volcanoes in San Luis Obispo County. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monarch Grove, Pismo Beach

February 5, 2018 at 8:00 am (Butterflies, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Video) (, , , , )

 

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Most of us will never make it to the wintering site of millions of monarch butterflies in Mexico, but smaller groves of migrating monarchs make their winter stopover in several places on the California Coast. Read the rest of this entry »

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San Antonio de Padua Mission

February 4, 2018 at 7:00 am (California, California Central Coast, Photography) (, )

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The San Antonio de Padua Mission is on the Fort Hunter Liggett property, but is publicly accessible.

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Long after the mission was established, William Randolph Hearst bought the surrounding property for the Milpitas unit of the Hearst Ranch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Elk, Deer, and a Cougar

February 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm (California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

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The area around Fort Hunter Liggett, California is known for its wildlife and scenic beauty. Herds of tule elk live on and near the post, and are often seen along the main public roads.

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I’ve yet to see a bull elk, but these cows posed so nicely for me in the early morning light that they were irresistible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bald Eagles

January 23, 2018 at 6:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography) ()

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Juvenile Bald Eagle

A family of bald eagles lives in Lockwood, California, not far from Fort Hunter Liggett.

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I saw this adult, and then a few minutes later saw two juveniles. One had caught a ground squirrel and landed in an oak tree to eat it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pretty Pintails

January 22, 2018 at 7:06 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography)

Northern pintail drake

Several northern pintail ducks at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge near Sacramento, California were at the pond at the beginning of the auto tour. The soft light brought out the subtle colors and designs in their plumage.

Between snoozing, preening, swimming and feeding, the pintails deserve a post of their own. Read the rest of this entry »

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Colusa NWR Birds

January 21, 2018 at 9:13 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography)

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Black-necked stilt

It was another foggy day at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, but it didn’t seem to bother the birds much at the Colusa NWR to the south. Read the rest of this entry »

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