Monday, May 25, 2015

Lazuli Bunting

I have been slowly wading through and editing my bird images from last Wednesday. I think this image is my favorite image so far. Every year there are a pair of Lazuli Buntings that love to taunt me by weaving in and out of the fence line at the gardens edge. They are extremely difficult to photograph! This year the fence has been removed as they are replacing it. The female came by the bird feeder first followed secretively by the male. She dove under the feeder and he went after her. They mated and then the male popped up onto this perch next to the feeder. It was just long enough for me to make three exposures. They are such a beautiful bird. Image created with with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. Camera settings used were AVmode, ISO 800,F 9.0 at 1/640th of a sec.Camera was supported by a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. God's love and blessings to all, chris

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Delight in the Little Things

Lenore and I headed out to the coast this weekend for a well needed trip together. We had a really nice time enjoying walking around and checking out the shops of Mendocino and the Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg. Photographically speaking it wasn't the best for grandiose seascapes as it was quite foggy at times. I could have used a wide angle lens and created a moody foggy scene but instead I selectively focused my camera on the little things. I used a telephoto lens and by keeping the horizon out of the image and narrowing my vision to some smaller subjects I was able to create some beautiful intimate images. So delight in the simple things and may you have a blessed day, chris

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fabulous Finches

I was up late last night processing bird images from my photoblind in the little Lake Valley. There were a lot of House finches in the mix of birds I photographed. What was neat to see was the amount of variants. the ones that had plumage different from the usual red that the males typically had. There was also an immature or a young female with some wild looking feathers on its head.These are some of my favorites. God's love and blessings. Have a great day, chris all images made with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Manfrotto tripod with a Bogen ballhead.What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. (Luke 12:6)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Up Close, Closer, Closest!

Wednesday found me out in my photoblind in the Little Lake Valley of Northern California close to where I live. The weather was perfect for bird photography with overcast clouds and the sun fighting to shine through.It started off really slow but by nine thirty there were a lot of birds coming into the feeder. I set up a feeder off to the side for the Acorn Woodpeckers and they started using it about ten o'clock. After photographing them for awhile I decided it would be really nice to get a close up portrait. After a couple of tries I got a really nice one. I really love the fine detail. God's precious love to all, chris mage created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 at 600mm. ISO 800, AV mode, F 9.0 at 1/400th of a sec. Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Looking for Dinosaurs

After Jay and I left the Ladybird Johnson Grove near Orick, Ca we headed north a little further to Prairie Creek Redwoods to look for dinaosaurs. Ok, it's true we weren't looking for dinosaurs but if we were this would be a the perfect place for them. At least that's what Steven Spielberg thought when he filmed part of Jurassic Park 2 here. Fern Canyon is just so cool. It is a beautiful narrow steep canyon that is cut through sedimentary soils. The walls are anywhere from 50 to 80 feet tall and are lined with five different kinds of ferns. It is just spectacular. The floor of the canyon is fairly flat and has a small creek that meanders through making shallow crossings almost impossible to avoid. There are numerous piece of driftwood place randomly here and there to help with the crossings. Jay just went barefoot. Later towards summer the park crew puts in little boardwalks to make it easier. I would highly recommend it for a cool summers hike. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 17-85mm lens.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Walk in the Redwoods

Yesterday my son Jay and I drove up to the Redwoods just north of the tiny town of Orick. We walked the loop trail at Lady Bird Johnson Redwood Grove. It was foggy and gray with fog so thick that at times it was dripping from the trees like a light rain. Nothing is so inspiring as a walk in the Redwoods. What a beautiful way to see and be inspired by God's handiwork.Here are some images from our walk. God's light and love to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 17-85mm lens.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Getting Dusted

After leaving the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge last Friday I spotted a low flying crop duster making some passes over a field off in the distance. I pulled over to watch and realized that they were landing to reload right next to a public road. I drove down the road and parked right next to them and sat and watched. They had a rudimentary but perfectly flat runway cut into the dirt twenty feet off of the county road. The crop duster was a Gruman AG Cat. It came in landed and powered itself around to get ready for take off. The truck with the hopper loader came forward and loaded the crop duster with fertilizer. The crop duster powered up to take off. I thought there would a be a little dust. Oh how wrong I was! I snapped off a quick couple of images and then was completely overcome and enveloped in a cloud of dust so thick I couldn't see. For the next take off I made sure I was well past the end of the runway. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Sacramento Valley crop dusters or aerial applicators are used quite heavily in the growing of rice. After fields are prepared and flooded they are seeded and fertilized from the air. Insecticides are also applied in a similar fashion. May you have a blessed day, chris These images created with a Canon 7D, a Tamron 150-600 and a Canon 17-85 mm lens.