Sunday, November 29, 2015


For where I live it has been pretty chilly. Yesterday morning in the Little Lake Valley it was 17 degrees F and this morning it was 26. Earlier today I grabbed my camera, tripod and a macro lens for a walk along the banks of Willits Creek where I photographed frosty Big Leaf Maple leaves. It was definitely a hat and gloves required kind of morning. The beautiful leaves made it all worth it. God's love and blessings to all, chris Canon 7D and a 100mm macro lens. AV mode ISO 200, Exposures varied.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Feeling Like a Kid Again

Last night the whole family piled into the car and we drove out to the coast to see the "Festival of Lights". It is a coastal family tradition put on by the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Through out the upper garden loop they put on an incredible display of lights. It made you feel like a kid again with discoveries to be made around every corner. My two favorites had to be the red volcano and the jellyfish. Most of the displays were static but there were a couple that were moving and flashing. Part way around they had a tent set up with hot drinks and food. We all opted for hot cider which was just perfect because it was freezing out. One of the best spots of all was the fire pit with marshmallows to roast and the kerosene heater at the very end of loop which was very popular for warming up our hands. It was a great evening topped off with clam chowder and seafood dinners at the wharf down in the harbor in Fort Bragg. The "Festival of Lights" was ten dollars for adults and free to children under sixteen. It is running through Dec. 20th on Fri,Sat and Sunday nights from 5 til 7:30 p.m. God's blessings upon your day, chris

Friday, November 27, 2015

Portrait of a Jay

I spent some time with the Steller's Jay this morning. It was a bit chilly this morning with the temperatures just hovering above thirty. Luckily the sun was out so inside the photoblind it warmed up to be comfortable. The Steller's Jays were coming and going competing with a Douglas Tree Squirrel for the feeder. I set up a squirrel feeder off to the side but for some reason the squirrel wasn't interested in it. After about an hour in the blind I edited my images and these were my favorite ones. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D anda Canon 100-400 IS lens.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Thank you Lord for everything.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Little Lady Squirrel

This morning I photographed Steller's Jays, Dark eyed Juncos and one little lady Douglas Tree Squirrel. I also had a short run in with the blasted cat. She had to be brought squirming to the back door and deposited inside. She really wanted to get those birds! When I finished my time in the blind and was editing my images I discovered that my compositions were too tight on the Steller's Jays. Almost all of them had the tip of the tail going out of the frame. There were a couple that were in frame but then the head angle was wrong or the Jay had moved its head causing motion blur. the Junco pictures weren't to my liking either. None of the compositions really appealed to me. Of the ones of the Douglas Tree Squirrel there were quite a few that looked really nice. I narrowed it down to this one. God's love and blessings to all, chris Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 260mm. Settings used, AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/50th of a sec. Camera and lens were supported by a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod with a heavy duty Bogen ballhead. #TeamCanon,#CanonBringIt

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Inside Day

I awoke this morning to the sound of rain. In drought stricken northern California it is sweet music to our ears. Perhaps I'll sneak in some photography during some breaks in the rain today? Otherwise I've got some doors I'm still working on refinishing. They have been sanded and stained out of doors and now all they need is some varnish. What a great inDOOR project! Such a great play on words. To all of my viewers you will have to make due with a Douglas Tree Squirrel from yesterday. Here it is peering out from the knothole feeder claiming the feeder as its own.May you have a blessed day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM at 400mm. AV mode,ISO 800, F 5.6 at 1/30th of a sec. Supported on my old venerable Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a heavy duty Bogen ballhead.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Little Birdie

Last night I set up an old knothole feeder in the back yard. This morning I sat in the photolind to wait for whatever would come. One little Junco came and went to get seeds from it. This image was my favorite from the series of images I made. May you have a wonderful week. God bless, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400IS lens. AV mode, ISO 800, F 5.6 at 1/15th of a sec.