Sunday, August 28, 2016

Blasted Cat

Papaya the Blasted Cat wanted in to the house really badly the other morning. She just wanted to go up to our bed and snuggle into the covers. As sweet and cute as she is she is also a threat to the wildlife around our home. On Friday afternoon she proudly walked up to me and presented me with a chipmunk she had captured. Luckily when she set it down next to me it promptly ran through the fence and up the nearest tree! I was so happy to see it get away. May you have a blessed day, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D mkII with a 100mm macro lens. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 5.6 at 1/400th of a sec. #TeamCanon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just Before Sunrise

The view from our house is ever changing. It's usually the first thing I check in the morning when I get up. This morning there was a lot of color in the sky and the valley below was covered in fog. I knew that I needed to photograph it before the sun came up and turned the skies white. So I quickly grabbed my camera and a telephoto lens and had some fun. This was my favorite image from this morning. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D mkII and a Canon EF 100-400 F 4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 16.0 at 1/125th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Friday, August 26, 2016

Little Hopper

My current list of things to do around the house is to clean all of the moss off of the roof before we put on new gutters. The best access to the roof without using a ladder is to climb out my office window. Yesterday as I was going out the window I noticed this little grasshopper sitting inside on the window ledge. How in the world it got all the way there I have no idea. I popped it into a jar and photographed it on a flower this morning before letting it go. When I tossed it out the door it flew up, up and around the corner heading for the roof! May you have a blessed weekend, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D mkII and a 100mm macro lens. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod and a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400,

Thursday, August 25, 2016


One for fun. I couldn't resist posting this one. From out of the mists of the deep, dark forest comes claws! I thought the close up the paw of a Western Gray Squirrel looked pretty cool. Canon 7DmkII and a Tamron 150-600 at 600mm. I hope that you are having a great week. God bless, chris It is a great stock image for a biology book showing how well a squirrels paws are set up for climbing trees.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Coastal Trail and a Redwood Sunset

Late this afternoon I was catching up on editing images from earlier this week. We went over to the coast and went bike riding along the new coastal trail in Ft. Bragg. The fog and sun moved in and out trading places along the coastline when we were there. We got home just in time to capture the sunset over where we had just been on the coast. There is a large Redwood tree being silhouetted by the sinking sun. God's blessings upon your days, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D mkII and a a Canon EF 17-85mm lens handheld.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Joy of Bay Mud

The California gold rush brought a surge in population to the state and they demanded to be fed. First to go were most of the Tule Elk and many of the deer. When the wild game ran low they turned to raising and importing livestock. This led to a huge market for hay to feed the livestock. What better areas to grow hay than the tidal flats surrounding San Francisco Bay. Many areas around the bay were diked off and put into production for growing hay. Luckily for us today the Tule Elk are on the rebound and there are conservation efforts both underway and many already completed to return many agricultural areas around the bay back to tidal flats that are open to the free flowing waters of the bay. These areas are both rich in marine and bird life and contribute to the overall health of San Francisco Bay. Today on the way back from Oakland we stopped next to one of the recovery projects off of Highway 37 next to the bay. There were literally thousands of shorebirds feeding in the reclaimed tidal flats. I had my camera with me but I had only a short lens with me so the birds were too far away to photograph. I photographed the rich bay mud next to the parking lot instead. Oh the joys of bay mud! God bless, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D mkII and a Canon EF 17-85mm lens.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Down to the Sea

On Sunday afternoon we went out to he coast for lunch at Sea Pal in the Noyo Harbor and then we went for a bike ride on the new coastal trail. We had a fantastic afternoon even stopping off at the chocolate shop in Fort Bragg. My favorite image from down in the harbor was of an old working fishing boat out of Bodega Bay, This boat really intrigued me. Oh the stories that boat could tell if it could speak. "Those who go down to the sea in ships, who work in the great waters..." Psalm 107:23. May you have a blessed week, Chris. This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D mkII with a Canon EF 17-85 mm lens at 85mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 16.0 at 1/320th of a sec. #TeamCanon