Sunday, April 21, 2019

Springtime Joy

One of the things I really look forward to in spring is the blooming of the Californian Poppies. Growing up in Colorado I waited for them to them bloom in a rock garden we had in our backyard. My Dad had brought poppy seeds from California so we had a little bit of California with us. Here are two poppies one from the Brooktrails Community Garden and the other from the Little Lake Valley of Northern California. All photographed with my Canon EOS 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S60mm macro lens. Happy Easter to all, chris #TeamCanon

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Winter Guest

With the warming spring weather we haven't been using our wood stove very much to heat up the house. Yesterday however there was a brisk fog pouring in off the coast and it sure felt like we needed a fire. It was pretty cold by California standards. I grabbed the wheelbarrow and wheeled it out to the woodpile to get some firewood. While grabbing some logs I was startled by an odd shape under one of the logs as I picked it up. It was in the shadows so I couldn't see it very well. There were some short appendages sticking out from it. My first guess was a bat. Pulling away some of the logs around it I was finally able to ascertain that it was a lizard. Further inspection revealed it was a Northern Alligator Lizard. It was all rolled up in a ball overwintering in our woodpile. As chilly out as it was it could barely move. I carried it into the house and placed it into a jar. This morning I photographed it on a mossy piece of bark before releasing it into a sunny spot on top of the woodpile. When I checked on it a little bit ago it was warm enough to crawl away. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris All images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S60mm F 2.8 USM Macro lens. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Return to an Old Standby

I have been overwhelmed with family responsibilities of late so I haven't picked up my camera that often the past few weeks. This morning when I awoke I looked out out on the Little Lake Valley and I was compelled to grab my camera and photograph the scene below. The trees silhouetted by the morning light were so beautiful. What a great way to start my day. God's blessings upon your week, chris This image was captured with a Canon EOS 7D mkII camera and a TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. #WithMyTamron, #TeamCanon

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Iconic Crab Traps

On Monday my brother and I headed for a quick trip out to the coast looking for grand subjects to photograph. For lunch we headed down into the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg for some delicious fish and chips at Sea Pal. Near the restaurant we spotted colorful stacks of crab traps getting ready to be shipped out. What trip to the coast can be complete without photographing an iconic image of a crab trap? After a great lunch we wandered around the harbor photographing the traps, Sea Lions and some of the fishing boats. Even though the weather was cloudy we had a great trip. God's love and blessings to all, chris #TeamCanon All images were created with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera and a Tamron 18-200mm lens. #WithMyTamron

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Cloudy Day on the Coast

My brother, Eric visited from Colorado for a week. He is a professional photographer from Estes Park Colorado. He can often be found leading photography tours into Rocky Mountain National Park. While Eric was visiting we photographed a few times in the morning chasing turkeys and deer. One day we headed out to the coast looking for whatever we could photograph. He got some great images of the Black Oyster Catchers. While he was chasing them I focused on some long exposures of the coastline north of fort Bragg, Ca. We both came back happy. God's love and blessings to all, chris #TeamCanon These images were created with a Canon EOS 7D camera and a Canon S- 10-22mm lens. I used a Lee Super Stopper filter and a Lee soft grad filter to enable me to have a 30 second exposure during the middle of the day.